Get your costumes ready because Halloween is on Friday!

I love decorating for the holidays! Today I’ll be sharing two fun and quick dog themed Halloween decorating ideas with pumpkins!

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

Both of these decorating ideas will work with real and artificial carvable pumpkins. I used an artificial pumpkin that I picked up at a local craft store. You can find similar ones on Amazon as well (affiliate link).

The painted and the carved dog silhouettes both start the same way.

First find a dog silhouette to base your design on. I just did a quick Google search for “Beagle Silhouette.” You can customize this to your favorite breed! If you are super artistic then you can definitely free hand the design too.

Next, cut out the pattern and attach it to the pumpkin with a removal tape.

Trace the pattern with an ink pen and remove it from the pumpkin.

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

DIY Painted Dog Silhouette Pumpkin

For the painted dog silhouette pumpkin, color in the design with acrylic paint or a paint pen (try to stay in the lines!). You can pick any color too! I used a black Sharpie paint marker (affiliate link) because I wanted to give it a try. It worked great!

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

DIY Carved Dog Silhouette Pumpkin

For the carved dog silhouette pumpkin, you simply need to carve the design along the lines. I used a kitchen knife, but you should be able to use any tool you would normally use for carving a pumpkin. Remember to be careful!

Add some extra bling with adhesive rhinestones (affiliate link) around the edge of the cut out. I definitely recommend adhesive ones so you don’t have to individually glue them. (optional)

Then add a LED candle to light it up. You can use a real candle for real pumpkins of course, but for the artificial pumpkins are flammable.

DIY Dog Silhouette Pumpkins

To make the pumpkin reversible and to save a few dollars, I did the carving on one side and the painting on the other.

Do you have any dog themed Halloween decor?

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Jessica Shipman
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