Pumpkins and gourds are easy decorative accents for outdoors or indoors. Leave them natural for a classic fall look, or paint them up for fun (or spooky) Halloween decorations!
When painting pumpkins, sometimes you’ve just got to let the pumpkin take the lead. Certain shapes and colors lend themselves to ideas. Some look like faces, and others may have different characteristics that lend to animal or other creations. Just like you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, you can’t change a pumpkin’s personality to fit what you want to paint. If you have something specific in mind, look for the pumpkin shape that matches your plan.
Here are a few ideas…
Tall or narrow pumpkins make cool candy corn. Spray paint works best for this no-fuss art. (photo courtesy Better Homes & Gardens)
A little bit of carving combined with some black paint can result in a spooky village of haunted houses! (photo courtesy Country Living)
Stencils or stamps can bring classy contrast to a pumpkin’s natural color. (photo courtesy A Storybook Life)
When painting pumpkins, acrylic paints work best. Poster paints or tempura can work, but they’re more likely to fade or wash off if the pumpkin gets wet. Test on the bottom or a pumpkin and try wiping the dry paint with a wet paper towel to test. No matter what you choose, a dry, clean pumpkin will hold paint best.