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A tutorial on how to artistically paint pumpkins.

Fall Decoration: Painted Pumpkins Tutorial

A tutorial on how to artistically paint pumpkins.

After drooling over Alisa Burke’s pumpkins this season I decided it was time to make my own. I thought it would be a fun Saturday morning activity with my little man, but it ended up inspiring a lesson plan.

I wanted to test a range of supplies so I could troubleshoot any issues that could come up before my students jumped in. I ended up getting:

  • Mini pumpkins
  • Acrylic paint, a range of colors
  • A range of paint pen colors
  • Metallic paint pens
  • Black paint pens (these work much better than Sharpies)
  • White paint pens
  • Glow in the dark puff paint
  • Paint brushes

I started the process by spreading out all of the supplies and letting my little man play.

I first fell in love with Alisa Burke’s white lace on black pumpkin design, so that was the first one that I tackled. 

I started by painting my entire pumpkin with black acrylic paint, including the stem. Once it dried, which took overnight, I doodled on top with a white paint pen. It was easy and had a ton of impact.

The next pumpkin I did was a white, black, and metallic design. I started by painting the entire pumpkin white, then adding the geometric design with black paint pens and deatils with metallic and white paint pens. I struggled with this design before finally settling on a more symmetrical, mandala-esk design. The original more polka dot themed design was covered up with the big black triangle shapes.

The final pumpkin I created was my acrylic paint pour one, which turned out to be my favorite. I started by doodling about halfway up the pumpkin, starting at the bottom. I wanted it to look like the paint was covering a design. I then poured thinned down acrylic paint (use just a little bit of water) on top until it dripped down the sides. I started with white as a base, then alternated colors. For this design I used hot pink, teal, green, and white. For this to be successful I believe white is key. It helps to have a neutral that mixes well with any color. The white helps the colors pop against each other.

Once I finished the pour I let my pumpkin dry overnight. I then outlined the drips and finished the doodles where it was needed with a black paint pen.

I am so happy with how these little babies turned out. I plan to  keep them on my front porch through Thanksgiving, or until they rot. I surprised two of my classes with the project and they are having so much fun! If you are interested in the lesson plan, stay tuned, it will be hitting TPT in the next 24 hours. I planned two days for the project, one for paint, one for paint pen decorating.

Have a wonderful holiday season and don’t forget to add a little art into it. Even Captain America does it.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! Interested in pushing your artistic pumpkin making even further? Check out my artist inspired relief pumpkin project here. Interested in other weekend crafts? Check out my craft posts here. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media outlets, links to the right!

Craft Project: Artistic Pumpkin Carving

Creating an artistic pumpkin is much easier than you may think. All you need are a few everyday items and some art supplies, and you can create a pumpkin masterpiece too! Read the instructions below, little to no artistic knowledge is required!


  • Pumpkin
  • Printed image
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Knife
  • Xacto knife or box cutter
  • Carving tools (you can find basic wood carving tools at Home Depot or even better is a printmaking tool called a linoleum cutter, which you can find at any art store… see the image below)


STEP ONE: Take the printed image and completely color the back with pencil, make sure you have a nice even layer covering the back

STEP TWO: Tape the image to your pumpkin, you may have to fold it in order to make it fit around the shape of your pumpkin, but do your best!

STEP THREE: Trace over all of the lines in your image with a pencil. By putting pressure on the front of the image you are transferring the pencil on the back of the image onto the pumpkin. Try not to rub the image unnecessarily, this may cause pencil to transfer to the pumpkin in areas you don’t want it to.

STEP FOUR: Outline everything in black to make it easier to see your lines. Fill in the areas you want to carve out completely with sharpie. This will help you stay on track when you start carving.

STEP FIVE: Cut open the top, clean out your pumpkin, and start carving! Use the xacto and box cutter to cut small areas all the way out. Use the printmaking or carving tools to carves areas you want low, but not cut all the way out. Make sure you carve deep enough for light to be able to shine through! You can also use a spoon and scoop out the inside of the pumpkin to make the walls thinner from the inside.

STEP SIX: Put a candle inside and enjoy your artistic, masterpiece pumpkin! Happy Halloween!

Check out my video here to see even more images of the process!

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