Have you ever marbled your nails? This super fun technique can easily be duplicated on a variety of items and is a great no carve pumpkin decorating idea that allows creativity and is super easy. It takes only about 15 minutes to perfectly marble a pumpkin.
Read below with our step by step instructions on how to marble a pumpkin!
Marbling a Pumpkin
- Nail Polish Colors
- White Pumpkin
Additionally you will need a dish (disposable works great for this).
First, you are welcome to watch our video on HOW TO MARBLE A PUMPKIN here on our tiktok channel. The video will be super helpful in seeing this process.
How to Marble a Pumpkin with Nail Polish
The first thing you need to do when marbling something like a pumpkin is pick out nail polish colors. In this case, because of the seasonality of pumpkins, we wanted to choose something that was very Halloween-ish. We purchased inexpensive nail polish in orange, black and purple. If you are marbling an orange pumpkin, you likely wont use orange nail polish, but colors are something to really consider how they melt together.
Pour regular water into a deep dish, almost all the way to the top.
Now slowly pour the first nail polish color into the pan. In most cases, the nail polish will spread across the water, which is a base coat for your marbling.
Now slowly pour the second color, trying to make a design across the water in stripes.
Its helpful to start near the edge and then slowly pour through the middle and back versus starting in the middle in case a lot of polish dumps at once.
Continue with colors, going up and down and back and forth. Please note that dark colors can really take over your design, so be easy when using black.
Once you have your design ready, hold the pumpkin by the stem and dip into the water. The nail polish will instantly attract to the pumpkin. Pull out of the water and let dry with the bottom facing up.
Common DIY Marbling Questions
Can you use fake pumpkins? You can! Just make sure that your fake pumpkin isn’t Styrofoam, that wont stick well but most on the market fake decorating pumpkins should work fairly well, which allows you to keep and reuse your pumpking year after year.
Do you have to use a white pumpkin? No, you can absolutely use an orange or yellow pumpkin – or a gourd for that matter. But white pumpkins overall look the best.
What nail polish colors are best? This is a seasonality thing. When coming to Halloween I like traditional Halloween colors like black, purple, orange, green and silver, but you could also rainbow it. The choice is totally yours!
Can you use nail polish with glitter in it? Nail polish with glitter gets pretty messy in the water and takes over the overall look. I have not had a lot of luck with using glitter polishes on a clean look. I would recommend against nail polish with glitter. However, if you want to go back and spray the pumpkin with glitter spray, that would work fairly well.
How long does the nail polish take to dry? Nail polish dries really fast, just like on your fingers. Leave the pumpkin with the bottom pointing up until the water is dry. Its typically about 10-15 minutes.
Does the marbling effect come off of the pumpkin? No, once it dries, the marbling stays on the pumpkin, with your design, forever.
How do you get the nail polish out of the dish? Add a napkin or paper towel to the top of the water to attract the nail polish and then dump the water. If the nail polish is stuck to the side of the dish, just use regular nail polish remover before washing and drying.
You can repeat this process with using the same water and pouring new nail polish patterns.
Here is a second design we did:
And the pumpkin design looked like this: