The D*S Pumpkin Project: Jessica Marquez’s Danish-Inspired Jack-O-Lanterns

This week, as part of the D*S Pumpkin Project, we’re sharing new takes on the traditional jack-o-lantern, courtesy of some of our favorite designers, artists, and bloggers. Yesterday, we shared blogger Molly Madfis’ gemstone-inspired carved pumpkins. Today’s fabulous pumpkin project comes from Jessica Marquez, the artist and embroiderer-extraordinaire behind Miniature RhinoStitched Giftsand last spring’s embroidery DIY series. “I was inspired by a little dish from Denmark I use to hold my rings,” Jessica says. “I collect vintage dishes and this one was a gift from my boyfriend. It’s one of my favorites. I loved the idea of a tiny city by the sea held within the world a little pumpkin.” Check out Jessica’s full DIY and all of the photos after the jump! —Max




  • Standard pumpkin carving kit (available at most drug stores this time of year)
  • Fine point wet erase marker
  • Circular NIJI wood carving tools


1. I put on Rob Zombies’s Halloween Hootenany to get into the Halloween spirit!


2. Carve out a circular bottom on the pumpkin. Clean out the seeds and scrape around the whole pumpkin. Save the seeds to roast them later!

3. Use the wet erase maker to draw out your city scape, and waves around the whole pumpkin. The wet erase marker is great because you can wipe away any mistakes with a damp paper towel.
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4. Crave and push out shapes. Clean up any rough edges. Add random circular stars at the top by twisting the wood carving tool in a complete circle.
5. Rinse the pumpkin clean of any marker or pumpkin cravings.
6. Add some tea lights and enjoy!
  1. Maggie says:

    Do you know where a dish like that might be procured? I absolutely love it.

  2. These are amazing, love the design. Not sure if my 8 year old son will let me get away with this one, we may have to each do our own pumpkins this year!

  3. Beautiful! I also love that dish! very lovely

  4. Sydney says:

    I absolutely love all of them but especially the one inspired from the vintage dish. So lovely! The photo with the cat is especially nice.

  5. Debra Matlock says:

    I have this same dish. Super cute. Found at a thrift store in a tony neighborhood. Love the idea of getting away from the same old jack o’lantern face!

  6. rebecca mebane says:

    So simple and so cute! Thanks for the idea.

  7. Hmmm… I think maybe my apple corer would work well to make the polka-dot pumpkin… so much for faces!

  8. Wow, that is a labor of Love, They turned out simply amazing!

  9. I love Danish design and I love the idea of integrating the simplicity with pumpkins @ Halloween. These turned out great! I’d also like to thank Jola for giving people the heads up about my Etsy item, the small pin dish like the one pictured above.

  10. Melissa says:

    Ahh I have that dish too! And a little matching cup! I bought them at a thrift store while studying in Copenhagen. :) Good idea to extend that town scene to other things!


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