Pumpkin Painting Ideas

    by Erica Green

    About the Author

    Erica Green has been a freelance journalist since 2008. She has contributed to the Atlantic Publishing Company, Texas Sports, Confessions of a Homeowner and more. Green is currently pursuing a degree in Spanish, and she tutors English Language Learner students. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and is a certified middle school teacher.



    Prepare for the fall season by painting pumpkins. Visit the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin that is uniform in size without any major imperfections. This makes painting easier. Wash and dry the pumpkin completely before painting. Download free pumpkin stencil designs from the Internet to use as a pattern. Consider sealing the painted pumpkin to prevent scratches and chips in the paint.

    Kid Designs

    Painting pumpkins is an activity kids of all ages can enjoy. Encourage kids to select a Halloween-themed design to trace onto their pumpkins, such as a Halloween message like "Boo" or "Trick-or-Treat." Provide kids with stencil designs for Halloween symbols like a bat, ghost or a scary face. Make sure kids select a design appropriate for their age level and skill. Help kids attach the stencil to their pumpkin with masking tape. Trace the stencil onto the pumpkin with a pencil and finish with acrylic paints. Older kids may decide to freehand draw a design onto their pumpkin.

    Adult Designs

    Design a painted pumpkin to add to a room's decor. Paint a pumpkin bronze, gold or other fall color to bring out the colors in a room. Add shine to your pumpkin with extra fine glitter. Apply glitter while the paint is wet. Consider painting a monogram on a pumpkin for a sophisticated look. Use a pumpkin stencil to trace and paint an intricate Halloween design, such as Frankenstein or a haunted house. Incorporate nature into a pumpkin's design. Trace leaves and paint fall colors to bring the outside in.

    Nontraditional Designs

    Give your pumpkin a nontraditional paint job. These designs are enjoyable for kids and adults. Paint the entire pumpkin in a base color such as purple or green before adding a design. Try painting stripes, polka dots or chevrons on the pumpkin. Use masking tape to create straight lines for stripes or chevrons. Add jewels, sequins, leaves or other embellishments with hot glue. Don't worry about making a mistake with these designs. It's easy to incorporate the mistake into the painted pumpkin's design.