DIY Bandhani Decorated Pumpkins


We love autumn and a great way to welcome the new season is to decorate pumpkins. Of course, we like to give our pumpkins a slight South Asian touch so we took inspiration from bandhani designs.

Bandhani is a type of tie-dye craft found in Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. Fabrics are skillfully tied with thread to create simple or intricate patterns that usually consist of dots or squares.

If you are not artistically inclined, then decorating with bandhani patterns is a great idea because the patterns don’t have to precise and symmetrical.

DIY Bandhani Decorated Pumpkins

What you need:

  • Pumpkins, size of your choice (we used mini pumpkins)
  • Sharpie
  • Paint (We used Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Craft Paints)
  • Paintbrushes


1. Find some bandhani patterns to your liking (a simple google image search helps) or use the easy bandhani patterns we posted above.

2. Wipe the outside of the pumpkins to clear away any dirt. Draw out your pattern using the sharpie.

3. Paint over the pattern with glitter paint.  You can finish the pumpkin by painting the stems as well.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

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