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DIY: How To Paint A Pumpkin

by | Oct 13, 2016 | Artsy Craftsy | 6 comments

Wondering about how to paint a pumpkin?

WONDER NO MORE!

Painting a pumpkin is as easy as… well… PAINTING A PUMPKIN, yo!

DIY: How to Paint a Pumpkin

DIY painted pumpkins tutorial

How To Paint A Pumpkin via @jennyonthespot | jennyonthespot.com

An aside: I shot video of this. But my camera decided to cop a ‘tude and all my footage is useless. ABSOLUTELY USELESS. However… this is still Take It On Tuesday, but sans sweatbands. And video.

Boo.

Hiss.

You will need:

– PUMPKINS (obvi)
– PAINT (I used a acrylic).
– PAINT BRUSHES (I suggest paint BRUSHES, not SPONGES for big coverage. Sponges are good for dobbing.)
– PAPER PLATES (For the paint… for ease of paint brush dippingsess)(or for a snack… see below)
– A SURFACE CLOTH/NEWSPAPER TO SACRIFICE TO THE PAINT GODS (so your kitchen table or counter top is not sacrificed)

You may ALSO need (depending on your creative aspirations):

– PATIENCE
– NO TIME CONSTRAINT
– COVERALLS
WINE
WHISKEY
– A SNACK. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED FUEL. TRUST ME.

I may or may not could have used a little tutorial before I took on this lil task:

I am a paint magnet via @jennyonthespot| jennyonthespot.com

Let’s begin!

Gather your things…

How To Paint A Pumkin supplies via @jennyonthespot | jennyonthespot.com

And don’t forget the cute little round sponge-y guys!

Round sponges for polka dot making via @jennyonthespot | jennyonthespot.com

FIRST – Wipe off your pumpkin. Get the dust and dirt off so you don’t make mud with your paint brush.

SECOND – Decide on your design. What colors… Polka dots? Zig zags? Stripes? I thought it’d be brilliant to make tracing lines with permanent marker on my pumpkin. NOT SO MUCH. Hindsight is 20/20. Only even eleventy million coats will cover up that transgression of permanence. Give or take a few coats…

Don't use permanent marker on the pumpkin you plan to pain... via @jennyonthespot

Just step away from the Sharpie…

Let’s see…

Oh, THIRD – GO!!!

Painting pumpkins via @jennyonthespot |jennyonthespot.com

FOURTH – Apply a second (third… fourth) coat if necessary.

FIFTH – Have fun! Do not expect perfect lines. Imperfection = charm.

(Right? Imperfection = CHARM. Keep repeating that until you believe it.)

Could this be the beginning of EASTER-WEEN? via @jennyonthespot | jennyonthespot.com

And just let the kids…. and yourself…. HAVE FUN!

Pumkin with polka dots via @jennyonthespot | jennyonthespot.com
Painted pumpkins via @jennyonthespot | jennyonthespot.com

This project was inspired by my friend Meg. When I saw HER PUMPKINS I knew we had to do it. I just didn’t know the ends of my hair would end up looking a lot like a paint brush.

Pumpkin painting via @jennyonthespot

*Originally shared October 2012.

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