DIY: How To Paint A Pumpkin

Wondering about how to paint a pumpkin?


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.



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):


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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8 Responses to “DIY: How To Paint A Pumpkin”

  1. meg duerksen says:

    they are beautiful. i will have to do it again with my kiddos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I bet WE’D have fun doing them together! … My girls and I had such a fun evening doing those (though it took me another part of yesterday to finish the zig zag one!). I wish the video turned out because the girls were HILARIOUS. But my camera decided to zoom in and out and in and out and looking at it was worse than riding a roller coaster ๐Ÿ™

      It must be Meg week this week!

  2. I want to do this so bad! But I’m lazy.

  3. Tanna says:

    Fabulous darling!

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  5. Jo says:

    GORGE! Expected nothing less from you!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ muah…

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