How To Projects — Paint
Create Your own teal pumpkin in support
of FARE®’s Teal Pumpkin Project™! Learn More
An easy craft for decorative or real pumpkins!
- Your Choice of Pumpkin
- Ceramcoat® Paint: White, Mermaid Blue, Sea Foam Blue, Blue Velvet, Metallic 14K Gold
- Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
- Printable Pattern
- Brushes and Sponges
There is no one right or wrong way to go about painting your pumpkin. Have fun and just play with different techniques and applications! The best part about painting pumpkins is that if there are any mistakes you can just paint over it.
We chose to focus on simple but beautifully painted pumpkins for this season. This walk through could be a direct guide or inspiration.
Let's get started!
Prime your pumpkin with white paint.
This gives you a blank canvas to start with!
For the first pumpkin:
I used Mermaid Blue paint to start, coating the entire pumpkin. It didn't need more than one coat, but you could always do another layer for good measure.
Then, I watered down Sea Foam Blue paint and applied it to the tops of the ridges. I then quickly blended out the edges with the foam brush.
Lastly, I brought back in the shadows of the indentions by lightly adding diluted Blue Velvet paint. Afterwards I used the excess paint on my brush by dabbing it on the pumpkin for added texture.
For the stem, I started with a layer of Toffee Brown. Once it dried, I added Metallic 14K Gold paint with a dry brush. It's ok if this looks a little messy, more texture looks nice on the stem. After everything was dry, I did a light layer of glitter paint to create a sheen.
For the second pumpkin:
I mixed Mermaid Blue with Caribbean Blue and did one even coat to cover the entire pumpkin.
Now, you could use our printable pattern or create your own jack-o'-lantern face!
I painted mine on using the Blue Velvet and did my little highlight lines with Caribbean Blue.
For it's stem I used the Blue Velvet and then went over it with some of the Caribbean Blue on the ridges as a finishing touch.
If you like the matte finish, stop here. If you want a glossier finish, you can use a gloss spray paint or use the glitter paint as suggested on the first pumpkin.
and Voila! Make sure to share your creations with us :)
Craft paint and brushes
- Print pattern (shrink or enlarge pattern to fit wood plaque)
- NOTE: if using a large plaque cut pattern apart & enlarge each letter individually
- Use tracing paper and draw pattern onto wood
- Paint over the pattern and allow to dry
Supplies:Flour sack towel
Heavy card stock, tape and scissors
Palm leaf pattern
- Wash towel and iron flat
- Download palm image, print onto card stock and carefully cut out image starting in center of palm keeping edges in tact
- Place palm stencil on towel, tape in place and lightly stencil using fabric paint; be careful to hold down small pieces of the stencil so that paint doesn’t seep underneath
- Move stencil around on towel for random placement and repeat until towel is covered
- Allow to dry for 2-3 days; can be washed on gentle cycle and air dry or low heat
Supplies for Pineapple:Yellow yarn
Extra-large pompom maker
Unfinished place card stand
Green craft paint and brush
Green card stock and scissors
Glue gun and glue
Pineapple leaves download
- Paint stand green and set aside to dry
- Follow manufactures directions and make yellow pompom
- Glue pompom pineapple onto stand covering spiral shape
- Print pineapple leaves onto green card stock
- Cut out pineapple leaves and glue in place at the top of the pom pom
Supplies for Pompom FlamingoPink yarn
Large pompom maker
Unfinished place card stand
Black craft paint and brush
Scrap of black card stock for legs
Pink card stock for flamingo head/neck
Glue gun and glue
- Paint stand and metal black and set aside to dry
- Follow manufactures directions and make pink pompom
- Cut 3 - 1/16” pieces of black card stock and glue onto stand for legs (one to cover post and 2 cut shorter for bent leg)
- Glue pompom onto stand over spiral
- Print flamingo pattern onto pink card stock
- Cut out flamingo head/neck and glue in place
Acrylic paint (4 colors)
Paint brush and cup with water
- Download print out and print onto card stock
- Select 4 colors of paint and assign each a number
- Start with # one and begin painting, if numeral shows thru paint wait till dry and repeat with second layer of paint
- Be sure to wash brush in between numbers and let each number dry before continuing to the next (heat tool can be used to speed up the process)
- Painting can be framed, mounted to canvas etc.