Illuminated Heart Pumpkin

The light of day doesn’t do this pumpkin project justice, but as soon as the sun goes down, the illuminated heart pumpkin shines a sweet shape into the fall night.

Aside from my photo being a tad blurry (I really haven’t mastered low light photos yet), I think it’s easy to see what a perfect addition this pumpkin is to a front porch.  The heart pattern could easily be switched out for any other simple shape, or maybe even a letter, so the possibilities of how to customize this project are vast.

Interested in lighting up the night with your plain pumpkin? Keep reading for the full instructions!


  • Pumpkin
  • Plain paper and pen
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • String of lights (I used a 35 bulb string)
  • Toothpicks

*start with a hollowed out pumpkin.  After you’ve cleaned out the pumpkin, cut a 1″ x 2″ square in the lower back of the pumpkin for the cord to come out and plug in.

ONE trace your desired shape onto a piece of paper and tape it to the pumpkin. TWO measure out the spots for the light holes in 1.5 inch increments (any closer and the light will all blur together) THREE using your screwdriver, punch each hole ensuring that you go all of the way through the pumpkin. If you have a power drill and would like to use it for this step, just use a 1/4 inch drill bit on a medium speed. FOUR insert toothpicks in each of the holes. FIVE using the toothpicks to feel your way around the shape, replace each toothpick with one of the lightbulbs. Make sure the lightbulb is inserted as far as it will go through (up to the plastic socket).


It’s a really pretty project once you’re done, although it’s definitely more involved than my antiqued silvery pumpkin project.  If you’ve got a little time to make it yours, it’s definitely worth it in the end.

Have a GLOWING Wednesday out there guys!


P.S. skip over to Fabric Paper Glue to see a sweet and creamy fall cocktail recipe if you’re in the mood for more fall fun.

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