Pumpkin Lights

Jill’s tip: I love using battery-powered lights to emphasize my holiday displays. It takes a lot of time to decorate for the season and that hard work should be appreciated by day or by night. Here’s a clever way to make your pumpkins stand out. Imagine these lining a walkway or sitting atop hay bales next to your door.

Pumpkin Lights


  • String of lights (around 30-100, depending on the size of the pumpkin)
  • Medium to large pumpkin (I used a medium-size pumpkin with a string of 40 lights)
  • Serrated knife
  • Scooper
  • Drill


  1. Cut a circular hole in the top (or bottom) of the pumpkin.
  2. Scoop out the flesh, pulp and seeds with a scooper or scraper.
  3. Use a drill equipped with a ½” or ¾” spade bit to drill the holes. (If your strand has 30 lights; drill 30 holes.)
  4. Push each light through a hole until it feels firmly in place.
  5. Turn on your lights, return the pumpkin top and enjoy!


I used a medium-size pumpkin and a strand of about 40 lights. And, if you can’t find battery-powered lights, you can use electric lights. You’ll just need to make a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin for the cord to escape. And, when you drill the holes, keep the pattern random.

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