Plaid Pumpkins and Flaming Ghosts

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We’re going with a lot of whimsy for next weekend’s Halloween dinner party. In the past, we  have decorated with pumpkins and apples as a centerpiece, but this year we dressed them up for the occasion….with electrical tape! We love plaids, so imitated one of our favorite patterns on the pumpkins (can you guess what it is?)

To add a bit of drama to the table we decided to make a couple of additional candle holders (other than the spider votives, of course). All we did was paint a couple of old Woodford Reserve bottles (their shapes are perfect for ghostly faces)! Once again, these two projects were very easy…and cute. We love putting a table together!

Here’s what we used to make the pumpkins and candle holders:

  • 2 pumpkins
  • 2 empty bottles of Woodford Reserve (or your favorite bourbon!)
  • Black, red and white electrical tape
  • White gloss spray paint
  • Black glitter construction paper

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors

Let’s make Plaid Pumpkins!


  • You can choose to do whatever pattern you wish, but we began ours by placing he white electrical tape,vertically down one side of the pumpkin.
  • We then placed a second piece of white tape 1/4-inch from the first. We repeated this three more times by sectioning the pumpkin into quarters.
  • Then on the back side of the pumpkin, we placed the tape vertically around the pumpkin, and added a second piece about a 1/4-inch lower. In between the quarters, we taped a piece of the red tape vertically.
  • Next, we wrapped the red tape horizontally around the pumpkin halfway between the white and the top, and repeated for halfway between the white and the bottom of the fruit.

  • We continued by placing a piece of the black tape in between the white tape, and another on the right outside of the white, and on the left outside. We repeated this step for the other three vertical stripes.
  • Same as the vertical, we taped a piece of black in the center of the horizontal white stripes and on either side of the white stripes, and finish the pumpkin by placing small strips of the black tape around the stalk of the pumpkin.
  • Do the same for the second pumpkin.

***If our instructions our too hard to follow, don’t worry. We had a specific pattern in mind. The electrical tape looks great on the pumpkins, so any fun design will do!

Flaming Ghosts!


  • We started the candle holders by removing all of the labels from the bottles.
  • Next, paint the bottles gloss white. Let dry, and apply several coats.
  • To make the ghostly faces, draw out the pattern of your ghostly faces onto the construction paper and cut out the faces.

Cocktail Break!

Alberto’s really getting into the season this year. He’s decided to come up with a drink that uses the fruits of the season, and he’s appropriately named it the Drunken Pumkin! It’s like drinking a Pumpkin Pie smoothie, but with a kick. I see this drink being one of our favorites for the entire fall season!

I’m Fixing My Face!


  • To finish the ghosts, wrap the neck of the bottle with black electrical tape. Then place the pieces of one of the faces on the broad side of the bottle to make sure you know where you want them.
  • Next, take one of the pieces, spread glue along the back and replace the piece on the bottle.
  • Repeat on the other pieces. We placed the bottle face down on parchment with a towel underneath. It helped to press the faces to the bottle before we continued on the other side.

I know I say this all of the time about other projects, but I really do love these last two! They both came out adorable and they were so easy. From all the crafty projects of our blog, these are definitely in the top!

Happy Halloween!!!


2 Responses to Plaid Pumpkins and Flaming Ghosts

  1. Kelly says:

    Love the Burberry pumpkins!! Great idea!

  2. Barbara Moore says:

    Those two projects were definitely over the top! Wow that’s gonna be something you’ve just got to try!


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