The awesome thing about a duck tape pumpkin is that you can customize it however you want and make it fit with any decor.



  • I used a fake pumpkin from a craft store; I recommend these because their shape is more consistent and they’re reusable (after Halloween you can usually get them pretty cheap). You can use real pumpkins also.

Duck Tape

  • There are so many awesome designs these days. Try not to pick a pattern that will be noticeably distorted when you overlap the tape.


  • I just used regular scissors. For an added effect, you can use craft patterned scissors as well.


  1. Select your pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin make sure the surface is clean, dry and at room temperature.
  2. Place the edge of your duck tape at the base of the stem and unroll a strip long enough to touch the very bottom of your pumpkin, but don’t press the tape to the pumpkin’s surface yet.
  3. Cut the strip from the roll. You can pre-cut your strips if you want; I just cut from the roll as I went.
  4. Hold the edge of the tape that’s by the stem and pull the bottom of the tape so it is taught, making sure that it will run straight down the side of the pumpkin.
  5. Tilt the pumpkin at an angle and slowly lower the tape against the pumpkin’s surface until you can smooth the bottom of the tape directly under the pumpkin.
  6. Press the sides of the tape against the pumpkin and smooth out any creases or wrinkles in the tape.
  7. When you start with the next strip of tape, over lap about ¼th of the previous strip to keep your tape lines consistent. 
  8. Repeat the process all around your pumpkin until it’s covered.
  9. Paint your stem; I used acrylic paint but regular craft paint should work fine.

All done! I hope this was easy to follow and helpful.