Painted Pumpkins

Painted Pumpkins

With small children running around, sometimes it is virtually impossible to accomplish a messy, time-consuming decorative craft like pumpkin cutting (notwithstanding the dangerous tools).  Thankfully, when I was growing up, my mom started an awesome tradition of painting pumpkins, and I’m trying my hand at it now too!  After years and years of sharing Halloween with these goofy faces (and dozens of slight modifications), the pumpkins became part of our Halloween tradition, and I get to share them with my kiddos now too!!!


What I Used:

  • Pumpkins (a variety of shapes/sizes works best)
  • Acrylic paint in white, red, and black
  • Paint brushes
  • Black sharpie
  • OPTIONAL: ribbon

(1)  Start by drawing the eyes/eyebrows in sharpie.


(2)  Add a nose and some decorative lines and shading around the eyes.  If you don’t fancy yourself an artist (I am definitely NOT an artist), this is still ridiculously easy.  If you notice, all of these pumpkins have exactly the same lines and shading but manage to all look slightly different, thanks to the variations on the pumpkins themselves.


(3)  Draw a large, open mouth.  If you make mistakes, don’t be too concerned.  The paint will cover a lot of the imperfections of your drawing, and no one will notice walking by them on your porch or wherever you display them.


(4)  Add teeth and a tongue.  You can add however many teeth, whatever length, and whatever shape you want!  I also like varying tongues by having at least one that’s sticking out its tongue.


(5)  Using the acrylic paint, paint in the lines as best you can.  You may want to paint several coats of white or red depending on how many sharpie mistakes you’d like to cover.


(6)  After letting the paint dry, go back over the outer lines with your sharpie or with a thin paintbrush and black acrylic paint.  OPTIONAL: hot glue a bow or tie a bow around the stem of the pumpkin.  Now they’re ready to display!







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Anne, along with her husband and growing family, live in suburban America. Follow us on our adventures both at home and away!

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