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Pumpkin carving has always been a great American tradition, but I get tired of doing the same old carved jack o’ lantern faces.  I realize that there are many great patterns out there but let’s be honest I am no professional pumpkin carver so this year I decided to go a different route by painting my pumpkins. This is also a great activity to do with kids!

As much as I love carving pumpkins, I find it a bit messy and absolutely hate the aftermath clean up it requires.  Instead, I’ve found that painting a pumpkin gives me a chance to be a little more creative with my designs. The best part about painting pumpkins is (drum roll please) if it doesn’t turn out exactly how you expected, just wash it off and start over again.


The materials you will need for this project are:

  1. A pumpkin(s) of your choice
  2. A pencil
  3. A sharpie (optional)
  4. A bottle of Craft paint
  5. A paintbrush(s)
  6. A little patience and a few minutes of your time

My inspiration for this one was from my love of moon phases. You can go about this by printing out a picture and cutting out a pattern to trace or you can free hand it which is what I did.  I started by creating the outline shape with a pencil.  I then traced over the pencil with a sharpie. *Take note that a sharpie will not wash off so do not use this method if you are unsure of your design. I don’t have the steadiest hand so I actually did end up having to wash my pumpkin and start over do to my squiggly mistakes.  

I then painted the stencil with craft paint and a small tip paint brush.  I found a pack of all different sizes at Michael’s for $5.00.  You will most likely need to allow the first coat to dry and add a second coat of paint.  

Although I am no artist, I think overall my design turned out pretty decent and I was happy with the end result.  

I hope you find this post helpful and it inspires you to try your hand at pumpkin painting.  Please feel free to share your pumpkin decorating ideas in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!

Cheers- Ashley Nicole




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