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halloween sparkle jack-o-lantern

There is something so classic about a jack-o-lantern in the fall.  I love seeing a toothy pumpkin grin sitting on a porch all lit up.

With all of the new takes on decorating pumpkins, it’s easy to get carried away, but with some sequin fabric and some cross stitch mesh, it’s easy to get an old-fashioned jack-o-lantern with a little sparkle.  The candlelight glistening through the sequins is so pretty and you don’t see all of the soot on the inside.

sequins jack-o-lantern

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I am a minimalist at heart.  I like to see the simple beauty of things and just give them a bit of character (and shine!).

This sequin jack-o-lantern lets the light shine through and lets the facets of the sequins glimmer in the moonlight – just my kind of Halloween.  I’ve got a full tutorial lined up for you too! 


  • Sequin Fabric (I got mine from Joann Fabrics and bought just 1/8 of a yard)
  • needlepoint mesh
  • Permanent Marker
  • Knife
  • Pumpkin

Sequin Jack-o-lantern tutorial 1

ONE carve a regular jack-o-lantern. TWO trace the needlepoint mesh to the size of your jack-o-lantern eyes and mouth. THREE cut out the traced pieces.

Sequin Jack-o-lantern tutorial 2

FOUR cut pieces of sequin fabric that align with the size of the needlepoint mesh. FIVE glue the back of the sequin fabric to the plastic mesh (I like spray adhesive). SIX securely attach the sequin fabric to the needlepoint mesh.

sparkle jackolantern

SEVEN wedge the needlepoint mesh with attached sequins into the eye and mouth holes. You can bend the mesh to hold into the holes.

sparkling jack-o-lantern

Look at that baby shine!

I hope you’ll try this project!  The sequin jack-o-lantern makes me smile every time I walk into the door.

Any fun spin you could take on this classic meets glam project?