DIY Technicolor Pumpkins For Halloween

Eva Amurri Martino makes DIY technicolor pumpkins for Halloween with her two toddler children

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!

Eva Amurri Martino paints technicolor pumpkins with her children, Marlowe and Major, in the backyard of their Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino prepares some pumpkins to get crafted in the yard of her Connecticut home

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!)

Major Martino works on creating some DIY technicolor pumpkins

Eva Amurri Martino and Major Martino create some DIY technicolor pumpkins together

Marlowe Martino creates some DIY technicolor pumpkins in the back yard of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino creates Technicolor Pumpkins for lifestyle blog Happily Eva After

Marlowe Martino creates some DIY technicolor pumpkins in the back yard of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino and her two children Marlowe and Major create DIY technicolor pumpkins for the Halloween season

Eva Amurri Martino makes DIY technicolor pumpkins for Halloween with her two toddler children

 

Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

 

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