Everyone knows that October is the month of Halloween, and Halloween means PSL’s, scarves, spooky scenes, and jack-o’-lanterns. It’s not truly Halloween until you’ve carved a pumpkin – or is it?
I’ll be honest, carving a pumpkin always sounds so cute and sentimental until I’m doing it. Then, I’m wishing I were doing just about anything else. Once you’ve had that first experience, it tends to be quite laborious, so what can we do instead?
For those who feel like I do about carving pumpkins – you love the idea but don’t love the reality so much – there’s great news. You can do more to a pumpkin than just carve it! And I’m not talking about putting it in a latte or a pie.
I’m talking about the artsy, decorative stuff. But the kind of stuff anyone can do with just a few art supplies. You’ll just need a few things like paint pens, stencils, and such. Once you’re done, you may want to spray them with a clear sealant if you plan on displaying them outside.
Here are a few of our ideas for some “Fun-Kins” that you can try at home! And none of them cost more than $12 to create.
Geometric Print Pumpkins
- Either use different makeup sponges in geometric shapes or trim some sponges to different sizes yourself.
- Dip the sponge into a shallow dish of acrylic paint, then dab on a scrap piece of paper until the sponge is coated evenly with a thin layer of paint.
- Stamp the blotted sponge onto the pumpkin surface, starting near the stem, working your way down to the bottom of the pumpkin. Reapply paint to the sponge as needed, and if you change colors, wash the sponge thoroughly or switch to a fresh sponge.
Falling Leaves Pumpkins
- Paint the entire pumpkin one color and let it dry completely.
- Collect some leaves and trace their outline onto the pumpkin surface using a ballpoint pen.
- Fill in the outlines with acrylic paint and let dry. If you want, you can outline the leaves with a paint pen and even draw on some decorate veins.
- Write any punny phrase on the pumpkin with a highlighter, and erase any mistakes with a damp paper towel.
- With a paint pen, trace over the guidelines and fill in the letters. Finish off by outlining each letter with a paint pen in a contrasting color.
Splatter Paint Pumpkins
- Paint the pumpkin one color, and let it dry all the way.
- Slowly mix in a small amount of water with a contrasting color, and, using a flicking motion, splatter the pumpkin with paint using a paintbrush. Add however much water you need in order for the paint to be thin enough.
- You can add sponge prints to the pumpkin by dabbing a natural sea sponge (found at crafts supply stores) into the paint and doing the same thing you would do with the geometric sponges.
Floral Stenciled Pumpkins
Tightly hold a floral stencil against the pumpkin surface, then blot on a thin layer of acrylic paint with a foam dabber or small sponge. Take one small section at a time as you hold the stencil securely in place. Let each section dry a bit before you move on to the next one to keep from smudging.