You can decorate real pumpkins and squash or use artificial ones if you'd prefer to make decorations you can reuse each year. You could even paint satsumas, oranges, or even a butternut squash instead of a pumpkin.
Here we show you how to make painted pumpkins four ways. You can make a 'Boo' pumpkin, a cat pumpkin, a face pumpkin and a stars pumpkin.
This allows you to create a fun arrangement with different designs and size pumpkins, interspersed with plain painted pumpkins as we've done.
Below we list what you need to create all four designs, but pick and choose your favourites.
You will need
- Selection of pumpkins, real or artificial
- Paintbrushes: small and wide
- Paints (deep red, pink, pale pink, orange, mustard, white
- Coloured card
- Mini peg
- Mini pompoms
- Black paper
Painted pumpkin: A large 'boo' pumpkin
Draw a pencil line around the whole pumpkin, roughly halfway down. To give you a neat line, use a small paintbrush to paint pale pink just above all the way around. Use a wide paintbrush to paint the rest of the top half. Once dry, lightly draw the word ‘BOO’ so it sits on the line.
Paint this deep red with a small paintbrush, then paint the lower half of the pumpkin. Leave to dry.
Painted pumpkin: A face pumpkin
First paint your pumpkin and leave to dry. Use white paint to draw on typical pumpkin features. You might have to do two coats if you are painting over a dark colour.
To make a mini party hat, draw around a glass on a piece of coloured card. Cut out, fold in half, then cut along the fold line so you have two semicircles. Curl one semicircle round to form a cone, then glue the part that overlaps (use a mini peg to hold it in place while it dries). Glue on a pompom and place it on your pumpkin.
Painted pumpkin: Cat pumpkin
Paint the whole pumpkin pale pink and leave to dry. Paint a brighter pink nose, white eyes and mouth and some black dots (as whiskers) either side of the nose and nostrils.
When the eyes are dry, add the black slit pupils. Cut six thin strips of black paper, glue three together at one end, then glue them either side of the cat’s nose. Finally add a party hat (as for the Face Pumpkins), this time using a saucer to draw around and adding a larger pompom.
Painted pumpkin: Stars pumpkin
Paint your pumpkin. Once it’s dry, use a pencil to lightly draw stars all around it. Fill the stars in with white or pale pink paint. Add a few little dots of paint with the tip of the paintbrush.
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