DIY Halloween Pumpkins

The month of October brings with it the tradition of carving pumpkins into of jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. The tradition of jack-lanterns was started in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes were used. Irish immigrants brought with them the tradition, carving pumpkins instead where it has become a mainstay for Halloween.

Instead of carving a pumpkin this year, take a walk on the wild side. Put the knife away and get creative with decorating you pumpkin.

Glitter Pumpkins

  • Materials needed:
  • Pumpkin
  • Mod podge or glue
  • Glitter or powder glitter
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint

 Paint pumpkin with a layer of glue or modge podge.

  1. Sprinkle glitter over pumpkin. Get really creative and use more than one color.
  2. After drying for an hour shake off excess glitter.
  3. Paint stem with acrylic paint.

Painted Pumpkins

Materials needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Spray paint or acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brush (if using acrylic paint)

 Before getting started make sure to clean and dry pumpkin. With the painters tape make a design on the pumpkin. Go crazy and be creative with your design. After placing the tape, smooth all the edges.

  1. Paint your pumpkin. Two coats may be necessary to insure complete coverage.
  2. After pumpkin has completely dried remove tape.

 To have a two toned pumpkin other than orange, paint pumpkin with another color, let dry and start with step one. Also try free hand painting goofy faces. The possibilities are endless!

Painted pumpkins are not just for Halloween, but make excellent fall or harvest decorations. Enjoy your creations for months longer than carved pumpkins.

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