D.I.Y. Flash Tattoo Pumpkins

Easiest pumpkins ever. (Even for kids!)

You may have seen my pumpkins over the past three years (studded, disco ball & couture) — I’m a big believer in the no-mess, no-carve method. This year I decided to try Flash Tattoos after having used them so quickly and easily on my easter eggs.

And you might think it’s self-explanatory, but there are actually a few tips I learned in the process to make less of a mess and get the best designs you can with your Flash Tattoos!


DIY flash tattoos pumpkins Erika Brechtel supply list

Step 1: What You Need

  • Pumpkins, preferably each with an even number of “ribs”
  • Small bowl of water
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Flash Tattoos (or similar), plus optional studded stickers


DIY flash tattoos pumpkins Erika Brechtel prep

Step 2: Plan & Cut

I like the look of an alternating design, so I did a lot of cutting and planning before getting started. The trickiest part is figuring out how to cut the tattoos so you can cover every other rib with the same design. I even cut up some of the wider bands to get enough strips. Plan accordingly!


DIY flash tattoos pumpkins Erika Brechtel application

Step 3: Apply

On your skin, you might normally apply a Flash Tattoo with a wet cloth and press it for 30 seconds. I found this method to be much easier: press the piece against the pumpkin (it’s pretty sticky as it is) and keep wetting it with water from a sponge brush. The paper should just slide off. Alternate the design on each rib.

Additional Tips: 

  • Don’t forget to remove the plastic on the front of each piece (I forgot more than once!).
  • Keep the other Flash Tattoos away from the water so you don’t accidentally wet them.
  • After it’s applied, you can always scratch off bits and pieces, if you make a mistake or say, like in the above, you want to remove some of the tattoo to create a slightly different design (I removed some of the silver dots to make the gold line longer, for example).


DIY flash tattoos pumpkins Erika Brechtel

Step 4: Go to town!

Play around with different designs and use those studded stickers to add some dimensionality to your pumpkins!


Lastly: this is really easy to do with kids. My daughter had a blast decorating her own pumpkins (like the elephant one above!).

Have fun and Happy Halloween!




Photos & styling by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).