Paint with a Stencil
- Find a stencil you like, and cut out your pattern. We used a creepy cat.
- Pin the pattern in place onto the pumpkin. Stick the pins in key spots like face, tail, body, and legs.
- Trace the pattern onto your pumpkin with a pencil.
- Remove stencil.
- Paint the cat one section at a time; start with the largest area, and use a large brush.
- Paint details with a fine-tip brush.
- Test latex or acrylic paints in a hidden spot on the pumpkin. Pumpkins have a waxy surface that repels some paints.
- Use a latex primer if you want to paint the entire pumpkin.
- After the primer has dried, brush or spray a coat of paint onto the entire pumpkin. For deeper color, apply a second coat.
- Paint designs with latex or acrylic paint using a fine-tip artists brush. Or try an acrylic paint pen for greater control.
- Age the surface with an antiquing stain, if desired.
- Apply a coat of polyurethane to protect the painted design and to make the pumpkin shine.
Paint Pumpkins of a Different Color
Don't let orange pumpkins have all the fun. Pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes, as well as colors. Check out these pretty paint ideas for pumpkins of a lighter fair.
Paint with a Doily
Love lace? This how-to stencil will make any pumpkin look lovely in lace with the help of a doily. Check out the link below to see how it's done.