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How to Get a Lite Brite Effect for Your Jack-O’-Lantern

by Jean Van't Hul
October 27, 2021
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How to make a Lite Brite pumpkin! Create a fun effect for your Jack-O’-Lantern with colored translucent beads with this simple DIY pumpkin decorating idea for Halloween.

Updated September 2021

Want to decorate a pumpkin with a Lite Brite effect?

We don’t know about you, but we loved Lite Brite when we were kids. And while we’ve seen commercial “Fright Lights” pumpkin decorating kits for sale at stores, we think this DIY version is even more fun! All you need are some translucent colored plastic beads, a screwdriver, and your pumpkin.

Can you picture it? A gorgeous Lite Brite-like Jack-O’-Lantern glowing in the dark! So fun and perfect for Halloween!

plate of beads

A DIY Lite Brite Pumpkin


*For this project, we used a white pumpkin because we thought the bright colors would show up best against it, and it’s true that they do during the day. But at night when the pumpkin is lit, it doesn’t seem to make any difference. So, feel free to go with what you have.


  1. Prep your pumpkin

    Cut off the top of your pumpkin and hollow it out. If you can make the walls thinner, go for it.

    DIY Lite Brite Effect Pumpkin - Hallowing Out the Pumpkin

  2. Add holes for the face

    Hold your pumpkin on it’s side and use the screwdriver to poke holes in where you want the Jack-o’-lantern face to be.

    DIY Lite Brite Like Pumpkin - Poking Holes for Face

    If need be, use a hammer to hit the screwdriver into the pumpkin.

    You don’t have to make a face on your Jack-O’-Lantern, instead you can make any sort of Lite Brite effect picture on yours…

    Once you’re satisfied with the overall design, wipe the pumpkin juice off the pumpkin.

    DIY Lite Brite Like Pumpkin - Poking Holes for Face

  3. Add the beads

    Poke your beads into the holes.

    DIY Lite Brite Like Pumpkin - Poking Beads in Holes

    You may need to use the hammer or the back end of the screwdriver to help push the beads into holes that are slightly smaller than they are.

    How to Make a DIY Lite Brite Like Pumpkin

  4. Light your Jack-o’-lantern up!

    Finally, light a candle inside your new Jack-o’-lantern and stand back to admire the Lite Brite effect.

    Oh, the candle went out. Oops! The beads fill up all the hole openings, so there is no air for the fire.

    Cut a smallish hole at the base of the back of the pumpkin to let air in.

    DIY Lite Brite Like Pumpkin

Light the candle again. And admire your new Lite Brite like pumpkin!

Did you grow up playing with Lite Brite? Do you think you’ll try this fun DIY version for Halloween?

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