Painted Pumpkins

These adorable painted and collaged pumpkins are a great alternative to traditional carved pumpkins.  Using simple craft materials, magic can happen! This is a great family friendly project that any age can enjoy. Scroll to the bottom of our post for helpful tips and a material list to make your own. fullshot5


Pictured: Cat Pumpkin, Bat Pumpkin, Glitter Pumpkins, and Washi Tape Pumpkins




Washi Tape Pumpkin

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Bat Pumpkin





Stud Pumpkin, Glitter Pumpkin, and Washi Pumpkin

suppliesMaterials I used:

A2 acrylic Paints, paint brushes, map pins/straight pins, scrapbook paper, glitter, Mod Podge (glue), adhesive gems and pearls, pipe cleaners, stickers, washi tape, and paper punches.

We sell all the materials at 2124 W. Division St.!

To make a glitter pumpkin:

Using a brush, coat the pumpkin with Mod Podge (decoupage glue).  Shake the glitter liberally all over the pumpkin over a "Tidy Tray" (a special craft tray so you can reuse the glitter= genius!) Allow to dry thoroughly.  Repeat the steps for the stem in a contrasting color.  If you have it, you can use a clear spay coat to keep the glitter on or just take care in handling and moving your glitzy pumpkin.

To make a cat pumpkin:

Using a brush, paint an entire pie pumpkin black with high quality acrylic paint.  Allow to dry overnight.  Use the instructions above to glitter the stem.

Cut two triangles out of cute Halloween themed scrapbook paper.  Fold about 1/4 inch over to create a tab.  Trim the extra to match the triangle.  Attach on either side of the stem by pushing pins into the folded tab and into the pumpkin.  I used two on each ear.

Cut 2 white pipe cleaners into thirds.  Using a pencil, wrap the end around the pencil a bit to create a curled edge.  Push the non curly edge into the pumpkin where the cat's whiskers would be.  Repeat until you have 3 whiskers on each side of the cat's face.

Punch a cute shape (I used a flower) out of scrapbook paper for the cat's eyes.  Glue on with the Mod Podge.  (Don't use a pin or the cat will "cry" because of the pumpkin juice.)  I also added an adhesive gem (from any craft store) for the cat's pupils. Fancy!

Use a heart sticker for the cat's nose in between the whiskers.  I also added 3 dots of Mod Podge and added glitter to make freckles near the whiskers.

Optional: add a mouth made out of scrapbook paper by cutting a line and a smile shape.  You have a CATKIN!

To make a bat pumpkin:

Use the info above to paint your bat black and glitter the stem.  Cut out wing shapes from scrapbook paper.  (I used a Halloween themed paper.)  I cut one first and then flipped it over and traced it to make the wings symmetrical.  You can also use a template from the internet.  Create a tab by folding the inside part of the bat wing about a 1/4 inch.  Use a push pin to attach the wings to the bat.

Cut the eyes out of coordinating paper.  Use the Mod Podge to glue onto the pumpkin.  Add an adhesive gem for the pupil.  You can also add a smile and fangs with paper too!  I opted for a "serious" bat. Haha Have fun with it!

Other Tips:

*Use nice acrylic paints instead of cheaper craft paints.

*Paint your base color first and allow to dry overnight before adding the details.  The paint will peel off easily if the paint is still wet.

*Use pie pumpkins.  They have a very smooth surface for decorating.

*Use map pins or push pins to attach the paper parts.  (I used them for the ears and the bat wings by creating a fold over tab and pushing the pin in the tab.) Don't use them for the eye, the hole will make the pumpkin "cry " a little bit.

*Use paper punches to punch out cute shapes that can be used for eyes and more.  This is easier for small children and eliminates the need for sharp scissors.

*If you are making a washi tape pumpkin, apply the tape first.  Add Mod-podge over the stem and a bit of the rough tape edges on the stem.  Add glitter to hide the tape edges.

Enjoy crafting!

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