Oct 6 2016
Marbled Indigo Pumpkins
Post by sara albers

Learn how to make these gorgeous Marbled Indigo Pumpkins using nail polish and water! 

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

You know we have a thing for indigo, right? When it came time to start decorating pumpkins this year, we had to give them the indigo treatment. One of our favorite projects to date was our Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs. You would not believe how many times that post has been viewed! We had to give this same treatment to pumpkins. The indigo hue would look best on white so we opted to use the mini white pumpkins.

There is something so sweet and almost delicate about the mini white pumpkins. A few weeks ago I picked up some mini pumpkins at the grocery. I also picked up some faux white pumpkins from Amazon. I was curious to see which would take the marbling treatment the best. Can you tell which ones were the faux pumpkins?

Some people use spray paint to marble things for craft projects. We find that nail polish is so simple! The blue in this indigo blue nail polish is perfect.

Make sure and read through all of the instructions for our tips on how to make the marbled pumpkins! 

Read more to learn how to make the Marbled Indigo Pumpkins…

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins


indigo blue nail polish

stir stick

plastic container

pumpkins (real and faux craft ones)

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins


  1. Fill a plastic container 3/4 full with lukewarm water (If the water is too cold the nail polish will sink). Add about 4 or 5 drops of indigo blue nail polish.
  2. Use a wood stick to stir the nail polish on top of the water.
  3. Dip the pumpkin in the water and spin a bit.
  4. Remove from water and dry on wax paper. Flip pumpkin after 20 mins to dry on the other side.

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

See the video for our DIY Indigo Marbled Pumpkins here…

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

Marbled Indigo Pumpkin Tips and Tricks

  • Use luke warm water – if the water gets too cold, the nail polish will sink in the container
  • Use new nail polish – for some reason new polish works so much better! Old polish is traditionally thicker and seems to stick to the pumpkin in clumps
  • Wear gloves – grab a plastic glove when marveling pumpkins. If you do not have any, make sure and have nail polish remover ready!
  • Open a window – make sure and have proper ventilation when using the nail polish

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

We have also made these pumpkins in other colors. The black and white are nice and give a more traditional look for Halloween. Multi colors of nail polish give a more whimsical feel – something our daughters love! We really want to do some earth toned colors like terra-cotta, moss green and mustard yellow. Those would be really nice in a display with dried grasses, don’t you think? 

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

Photos by Sara Albers. all rights reserved.



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  • Tet | Drawn to DIYOctober 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Love indigo and love marbling! I just bought big pumpkins and now I want to go back to the store and get little ones also to make these. Lol Pinned 🙂

  • NamealexisOctober 10, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I love these! They are so pretty!

  • samantha hahnOctober 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    So cool!

  • DianeOctober 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Wow. I love these.
    Thanks for the great idea.

  • KateOctober 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Oh wow – these look amazing! I can’t wait to try this technique on EVERYTHING! Thankyou for the beautiful inspiration.

  • Julia@Cuckoo4DesignOctober 16, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Oh my gosh these are so so pretty!

  • Catherine fowleROctober 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful. Wil definitely have to give this ago. Couldn’t tell which were the fake pumpkins Which handled it better?

  • ShelbyOctober 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    These seem so simple but look amazing! I went a little overboard on white pumpkins this year and can’t wait to try this!

  • SuzannahOctober 17, 2016 at 6:11 am

    What a seriously beautiful take on the marble look! I absolutely love this idea. So creative and gorgeous! 😍😍😍

  • Erika @ EP - art.food.homeOctober 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Okay this is SO cool! I was looking for the best way to decorate my pumpkins and it will be THIS 🙂 can’t wait to try it out!

  • MasuOctober 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This is so cool! Will try this with lots of other colors.

  • LauraAugust 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I would like to try this for a church gathering. Are the pumpkins real? If no, what are they made of and where can I get some?

  • MartaSeptember 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    So cool. I love these. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Sara B. MieleFebruary 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Beautiful idea. Hope to use for a party. Thank you for sharing.

  • ChRistyAugust 28, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    After each pumpkin, do you refill the water container with more nail polish drops? These are stunning

    • sara albersAugust 29, 2018 at 5:05 am

      Hi Christy –
      You do not need to refill with water, but you will want to add a few more drops of nail polish and swirl again before dipping the next pumpkin. Enjoy!

  • AmandaOctober 17, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Hi! Just stumbled upon this post and gave it a try, but had some issues with the nail polish sticking to the stick when I stirred. Tried swirling the container instead to spread out the polish, but when I dunked the pumpkins… it was super clumpy and not marbled.

    So wondering – what brand of nail polish did you use?? Can’t wait to try it again! I’m determined!

    • sara albersOctober 23, 2018 at 4:52 am

      The newer the polish the better… and also make sure your water temp is not cold. Should be luke warm water.

  • Mark r.November 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    You two women are incredible. I had tried other sites trying to make the marbleized pumpkins for Thanksgiving, none of them worked like they said it would. Yours worked perfectly. Can’t thank you two enough for saving the day.
    Thanks again,

  • evelynSeptember 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    can I use plastic pumpkins from dollar store that been sprayed white

  • TanyaSeptember 21, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I know this is an older post, but I still love these pumpkins! I don’t do much fall decorating but I could definitely enjoy these!

  • TreasitaOctober 16, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Our church group did this with small red clay pots – some painted white first and the rest natural for Mother’s Day – token gifts for our Nursing home members. We filled each as was targeted for each lady …candy, faux flowers, a few stamps, etc. I still see some of them in their rooms because of the small size.

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