Bonus column: Martha Stewart

The Detroit News

Those toothy jack-o'-lanterns you've carved in years past? Child's play. This fall, take a more adult approach to decorating with pumpkins.  These elegant creations feature a soft metallic palette, and since most are made without a single cut, they'll enchant for weeks. 

 A carved web will appear brightest on a greenish hued pumpkin. A candle isn’t safe in an enclosed pumpkin, so use a battery-powered LED light instead.



Look for gray, green or white varieties at pumpkin patches and farmers’ markets, and buy plastic snakes in bulk at dime stores.


1. Spread out newspapers, and place pumpkins on top. Place tape around base of stems and paint stems with gold acrylic paint.

2. Lay plastic snakes on newspaper and spray-paint gold, turning to coat all sides (Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint, $4.50 for 11 ounces, Once they’re dry, spray them with fixative to set color.

3. To display, wrap snakes around stems and arrange more underneath for a terrifying Indiana Jones effect.

OPTIONAL: Add a gold bowl filled with “snake egg” candies.


— Gold Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts multisurface metallic acrylic craft paint, $3 for 2 ounces,

— Vinyl Snakes: $8.50 for 48,


In this “cheesy” project, a variety of drill bits create holes of different sizes. The result is a glowing, move-in-ready home for a family of skittering mice.


1. Slice off the bottom of a pumpkin and scoop out seeds. Using a set of spade bits, drill holes of different sizes all over pumpkin (Blu-Mol Xtreme spade-bit set, $15.50,

2. Place plastic mice on newspaper and paint gold, turning to coat all sides; let dry.

3. Pin critters into place on pumpkin, both on surface and inside larger holes, as shown. Place a flickering LED light on your table or mantle, and put pumpkin on top (Tealight Flameless LED candle, in White, $7 for 12,

OPTIONAL: Use this as a centerpiece.


— Plastic Mice: $8 for 28, party

— Gold Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts multisurface acrylic metallic craft paint, $3 for 2 ounces,


For this creepy-crawly design, a spider’s lair is carved into a pumpkin with a gouge or linoleum cutter so the orange flesh glows through.


1. Draw a spiderweb on a pumpkin with a marker, then go over lines with a gouge, cutting into surface.

2. Snip rings from plastic spiders. Coat spiders with spray glue (Elmer’s multipurpose spray adhesive, $7 for 4 ounces, While glue is still wet, place spiders on a paper plate and coat with silver glitter.

3. Attach spiders to pumpkin and stem with pins so they look as if they’re crawling all over their web.


— Spider Rings $1.50 for 30,

— Silver Glitter Martha Stewart Crafts fine glitter, $10.50 for 4.58 ounces,

— Gouge Speedball linoleum cutter, $10 for a set of 5,


This metallic leaf design is made using an easy-peasy foiling technique. More sleek than spooky, these pumpkins will look at home on your front porch or dining table.


1. Trace or draw a leaf on a pumpkin, and fill in shape with metal-leaf adhesive. Wait 5 minutes for adhesive to get tacky.

2. Place a gilding sheet over leaf shape and brush with a dry brush. The sheet will stick to the adhesive and disintegrate around it, so a metallic leaf remains.

3. Repeat all over pumpkin; paint stem gold with craft paint. Let dry, then arrange on a bed of extra cutout foil leaves.


— Gilding Sheets Speedball Mona Lisa Composition copper leaf, $9,

— Metal-Leaf Adhesive Speedball Mona Lisa adhesive, $8.50 for 2 ounces,

— Gilding Brush Da Vinci Quill Mop brush, $9,


Pumpkins that are small and lumpy like gourds are perfect for autumnal arrangements that look stylish well past Halloween.


1. Place tape around base of pumpkin stems and paint stems with gold acrylic paint.

2. Cut a leaf shape (with a long stem) out of a metal sheet; turn facedown. With small and large tips from an awl kit, press vein patterns and larger ridges into foil.

3. Wrap stem of each leaf around a pumpkin stem, twisting ends into a spiral. Arrange pumpkins on a tray with lit votives.


— Metalworking Sheets & Awls Martha Stewart Crafts sheets, $11, and awl, $14.50,

— Gold Paint Martha Stewart Crafts multisurface metallic acrylic craft paint, $3 for 2 ounces,

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