I love painting pumpkins; I have been doing it since I was little. Over time, my skills have improved, I sometimes impress myself. As I was looking for some inspiration for this year, I found myself amazed at how many great ideas are out there to decorated pumpkins beyond carving. Right about now, I am wishing I had planted a patch of pumpkins, because I want to try them all. Check out some of my absolute favorite pumpkin decorating ideas.
Color Block Painted Pumpkins
The color block fashion trend is the inspiration for this pumpkin decorating idea. It is so simple too. Use some painters tape if you want to get a clean line or eyeball it if you have a steady hand. Choose two colors and start painting. This is one the kids can do too, a nice idea to do as a scouting or class activity. See more at Good Housekeeping.
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I saw these Pastel Pun-Kins on Studio DIY! While they say you can download and print paper letters on tattoo paper, I think the peel and stick letter stickers you can buy at Walmart would work well and be very easy to apply after painting with pastel Apple Barrel paint, also available at Walmart.
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Polka Dot Pumpkins
I think that Seakettle.com nailed it with these Polka Dot Pumpkins. The gold and orange pumpkin is so easy to make, just add some circle stickers to a pumpkin, then spray paint it with gold paint. When dry, remove the stickers, and admire the amazing results. You could adapt this method and use any kind of stickers. I think it would be fun to use stars and even letter stickers to spell out words like Boo and Trick or Treat. You can find a large selection of spray paint at the Home Depot.
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How cute are these Donut Pumpkins I found at Studio DIY? Use Jack-Be-Littles and paint the bottom half with whatever donut color you want, then paint the top with acrylic paint in white, pink or chocolate brown. When the paint is dry, paint on colored sprinkles with a small detail brush. You can find a wide selection of craft paint brushes and acrylic paints at craft stores like Michaels’. This is another pumpkin painting project that would be great to do with kids.
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Glam Polka Dots
These Glam Polk Dot decorated pumpkins take the polka dot theme to the next level. You can use white or orange pumpkins for this, or you could spray paint your pumpkins in any color you want. For the polka dots you will need strings of sequins that you can find on Amazon and craft glue. Draw circles on your pumpkin, and fill the inside with glue. Then put the start of a sequins string in the center and coil around until your reach the end, finish by trimming off the excess.
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Trace autumn leaves onto orange, deep red and yellow tissue paper. Cut leaves out and then apply a coat of ModPodge decoupage glue around the center of the pumpkin. Carefully apply the leaves, pucker the paper slightly to create veins. When dry, brush another layer or two of ModPodge on top to seal. You can find ModPodge at most craft stores and major retailers like Target. See more on Good Housekeeping.
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