Have you ever wanted to create an amazing-looking pumpkin for Halloween, but you’ve never really liked the idea of pumpkin guts, sharp knives, and sticky mess? Well, pumpkin-painting is the answer to your troubles! No knives, no guts, mistake-proof decoration (you can always use a damp cloth to wipe away your mistake!) and you can even do it with your kids! Best of all, if you use non-toxic paint, you can still turn the pumpkin into a pie later on! This is the simplest Halloween pumpkin painting guide you’ll ever do – it only takes a few minutes, and it’s so easy that even little ones can do it! This guide features a simple background, tree silhouette, hill, and moon, and it’s so cute!
Step One: Prepare your Pumpkin
The first step is to go to your local supermarket and find a good-sized pumpkin. The pumpkin I used was rather small, but it doesn’t matter what size the pumpkin is, large or small, as long as you have enough paint to cover it. This is a perfect craft for kids, so the following steps can be completed with the help of children or younger siblings Pumpkins are usually pretty cheap this time of year, so bring home as many as you have time to paint.
To create a clean working surface, lay some junk newspapers or brown packing paper onto the floor or table area where you intend to paint your pumpkin. Or go outside, so you can just hose everything off. That way, when little fingers feel the need to wipe paint on something or they decide to get up and brace themselves – and their wet, paint-covered fingers – against the floor to stand, your floor will still be clean! (Um, I know this from experience, folks, so take my word for it!)
Next, take a few cloths and get them damp (enough for each helper plus you), and gently clean the pumpkin. Emphasis on “gently,” because a bruised pumpkin will decompose more quickly and one day soon you will wake up to a stinky, smelly green mess on your porch – Ick. Rub any dirt or goodness-knows-what off of the pumpkin’s skin so it is nice and clean when you paint it.
Step Two: Paint your Landscape Background
To create a pleasant background for your simple landscape, you will need dark blue, purple, and white acrylic paint. For the first part of your background, make a mixture of mostly dark blue and a small amount of purple paint, to suggest a twilight setting. Mix the paint thoroughly, then apply liberally over the orange of the pumpkin, until one face of the pumpkin is well-covered in indigo. (Make sure there is a small amount of this indigo color left on the palette or paper plate) Once the first layer is done drying – it should only take a few minutes – mix a small amount of white with the last dregs of twilight paint, and mix thoroughly. Finally, apply this slightly whiter paint over the lower half of the background, for the suggestion of a sun having recently set.
Your Background is complete!