Every year around this time, I like to pick a new, fun way to decorate pumpkins with my family! I’m normally a traditional Jack-o-Lantern gal, but since having kids I find that having to cut and carve a pumpkin really isn’t too kid-friendly. So we’ve stuck to crafting them the past few years– and I gotta say I’ve been having a blast! This year I wanted to go against the traditional orange and black vibes and do something a bit more colorful and modern. Allow me to introduce you to my DIY Technicolor Pumpkins for Halloween! Both of my kids really like playing and crafting with paint. Marlowe can have a bit more control now that she’s three, so I had her help me with some drip art. Major just went totally crazy with the finger painting. LOL. I find that with these if you keep the colors super neon and the palette really restrained (choose three or four colors only), the finished product will look intentional and not like a disaster. Ha!
You will need…
- White Craft Pumpkins. I like to buy a variety of sizes!
- Paint in a technicolor/neon color palette (I like the nontoxic paint!)
- Solid Paint “crayons”. I found this in the kids section of the craft store!
- 2-3 paint brushes
- A dropcloth
- Black letter stickers (optional)
Begin by placing any words or letters you’d like to use on the pumpkins! You want to make sure you do this before any paint touches the pumpkins. Next, set up your painting area! I take zero chances and put a drop cloth down in my backyard to really make sure my kids can go crazy and have fun with zero stress on Mama’s end. Now you can begin to paint! I like to drip the paint down the sides of the pumpkins to create a spooky effect. For Major, I did the drips and then let him have fun smushing it around. He also drew with the solid paint. Allow the pumpkins to dry for 6-12 hours and then display! I used some adorable macaron critters to add some dimension to my spooky assortment! (They are by Grandin Road but no longer available on their site. I know they have them every season, though, so check back next year!)
Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography