So you don’t want to carve pumpkins or flood your home with the overzealous purples, greens, and oranges that traditionally flank the stores during the Halloween season? Looking for a way to make your Halloween decorations match your classy adulthood? (I’m laughing at myself because I watched Twitches while making these beauties). This Halloween No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating DIY will give you tips to create your own painted pumpkins that will be as grown up as you. Or just really cute! This is a project for all styles and ages.
- pumpkins (real or fake)
- acrylic paints
- paint brushes & foam brushes
- painters tape (I used washi tape)
- exacto knife
- tablecloth/ drop cloth
- natural cleaning solution (I used witch hazel)
- Purchase & clean your pumpkins of dirt by wiping them with the towel and with the cleaning solution.
- Choose a theme to decorate your pumpkins. My theme is black, gold, classy and geometric.
- After choosing your theme, decide on a few ways this can be interpreted on the pumpkins. To play up the geometry, on a pumpkin with an even number of ridges I alternated painting them and leaving them blank, resulting in a black and orange pumpkin. I also did a simple design of triangles on one pumpkin. These were free-handed.
- For designs that required more accuracy, use tape to mark off the areas that need to be painted from the areas that are to remain unpainted. After painting, allow paint to dry, and apply as many more coats as necessary to cover the pumpkin.
- When the paint is to your liking and completely dry, you’ll find that trying to peel the paint directly off tears the paint. Therefore, with an exact-o knife, lightly etch a line beneath the tape to help you remove it from the pumpkin.
- Clean up any areas with too much paint by lightly scraping it off, and fix any areas that need more paint or a clean line with small paint brushes.
Painting pumpkins is a fun way to get in the Halloween spirit and have a lasting, fun design to decorate your home with. I hope this tutorial is helpful – don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments below!
What is your favorite way to decorate for Halloween? Will you be painting pumpkins this year?
originally published September 2015