How To DIY A Galaxy Jack O' Lantern This Halloween

Oh my gourd.

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There's no shortage of pumpkin decorating ideas out there, but when you've finally picked out a gourd of your own, deciding exactly how to paint, carve, or trick it out can be a tough call. First, there's that whole expectations vs. reality part: Are you Rise Of The Jack O'Lanterns skilled? Or the paste-on-googly-eyes-and-call-it-a-day type? Then there's figuring out the design that fits your style.

After searching for fun new DIYs to tackle before All Hallow's Eve, I've officially found my weekend plans—and yours, too, if you're into astrology, fun crafts, and...well, pumpkins. Because yes, when you combine those three things, the result is magical.

I give you (*drumroll, please*)..., AKA the prettiest gourds in all the land, they're seriously out of this world. See for yourself:

Here's the step-by-step process to creating your very own , according to Allison Murray of :

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Acrylic paints in , , , , , , and
  • Old toothbrush or stiff paintbrush
  • or
  • Pen
  • Paper plate and newspaper

    Here's, Essentially, What You'll Do:

    First, dab—don't brush—on the darkest shade of blue onto the pumpkin, so it isn't completely opaque. Then, dab some of the over the and rub with a paper towel so the blue is duller, but still there. You continue this process with the lighter shades of teal, purple, and pink, letting them dry completely. Allison recommends working your way up, making each color section "smaller and smaller as you go."

    Second, you use a sponge brush to dab on , before touching things up with a little more . Imperfection is key here!

    The best part? You use an old toothbrush or stiff paintbrush dipped in to "flick" specks of paint onto the pumpkin, speckling it like stars. You can also use to mark the stars, using a drill to create holes in your pumpkin before sticking an LED light inside.

    For the full instructions—along with Allison's helpful tips—check out .

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