Rainbow Pumpkin DIY

Posted by Shiri Breslow on

Hi friends!  Because the logical first blog post for a baby textile company is a Halloween DIY, here goes!  

In preparation for our shop re-stock next week, which includes Twilly Esperanza, I wanted to do a fun rainbow pumpkin DIY. Fun fact, Libby is dressing as Rainbow Dash for Halloween (thanks, Costco!), so she was pretty psyched about this project too!  This is a fun project kids can certainly help with!

What you’ll need:

  • Medium to Large pumpkin
  • Sky blue acrylic paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Cotton balls
  • Carving tools
  • Rainbow color cello sheets (you can find them here)
  • Self laminating sheets like these or something transparent that you can affix your rainbow to that has a little stiffness to it.
  • Glue stick
  • Craft glue
  • LED light*


Making the rainbow:

I eyeballed this, but you can just as easily create a template. An easy trick to make sure your rainbow pieces nest nicely with each other is to fold the red in half, trace and cut the outermost arc, then once you cut the inner arc (I made each arc about ¾” wide), use the scrap (remaining red piece) to create the template for the outer arc on a folded piece of orange, and so on. 

I used a clear cello sheet that came in the package as the base for all of the rainbow colors and stuck each piece on there with a glue stick. I used Red, Orange, Green, Blue, and Purple.  I couldn’t distinguish between orange and yellow with the sheets I got, so it’s a 5-color rainbow. We’ll deal. Cut out your rainbow and place it between two self laminating sheets or attach the rainbow to your thick transparent plastic.

Now it’s time to paint your pumpkin.*

This is part of the project that even young kids can help with, as it’s one color all over. 

Carving the pumpkin

Cut top off pumpkin and hollow out the guts. Yes, I call them guts. That’s what they are.

Use your rainbow as a template for the shape you will cut out of the pumpkin. Try to be precise here, because the goal is for the rainbow to sit inside the cutout unassisted.

Carve this shape out.


Glue the cotton balls to both edges of the rainbow.

Insert your rainbow into the cutout.

Place LED light inside pumpkin, turn it on and stand back and admire your beautiful work!

*I painted my pumpkin before carving, but you could likely paint it after with great results

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