I love decorating for fall and Halloween! Usually my fall color palette is pretty muted; light chalky finishes, black and white or the customary fall and Halloween shades of orange and rust. Last year I really ventured out of my norm with these neon DIY pumpkin dishes that I shared on the DecoArt blog!
I’ve been really digging neons for Halloween so these pumpkin candy bowls fit that scheme perfectly. And no harm, no foul if I am totally over them next year, I’ll just make another style with my annual Dollar Tree styrofoam pumpkin haul! Btw can you ever have too many dollar tree styrofoam pumpkins? Asking for a friend.
These pumpkin candy dishes were so easy to make, here’s how to make them along with me:
How to Make a Pumpkin Candy Bowl
- Americana Neon Lights in Pink Explosion, Peach Punch and Green Energy
- Small styrofoam or craft pumpkins (I got mine at Dollar Tree it’s just like this one)
- Serrated knife
- Foam paint brush
- MagiKote Surface Coating for Styrofoam and paint brush (optional)
1. Tip: If you’re using styrofoam pumpkins like I did, I highly recommend that you apply a couple of coats of DecoArt MagiKote over the surface of the pumpkins to create a smoother surface. The neon paints are a matte finish so texture variations and imperfections will be magnified.
2. Using a serrated knife or craft knife, cut the tops off of the pumpkins to create a bowl. With a foam paint brush, apply 2 coats of paint onto each pumpkin candy dish as well as 1 coat inside (one coat will cover the inside just fine).
Um… is that it?! Yep! I love a good craft with so few steps. Soooo easy, right? These would even be cute to string a rope through and use as a little trick or treat bags. Automatic portion control. 😉
What colors would you paint your DIY pumpkin candy bowls? And more importantly, what candy will you put in them??