Today, we’re sharing how to personalize pumpkins with paint!
Real pumpkins are not always easy to find this early in the season in Florida. So, whenever we get the chance to visit the pumpkin patch while at the cabin it feels like the biggest Fall treat!
I’m always amazed at the different sizes, colors, and varieties too. It’s such a delight to discover new ones.
Several years ago, I personalized pumpkins for our front porch with paint. It was so easy I thought I would share in case you’re looking for a fun way to bridge the gap between early Fall and Halloween.
It’s also a simple idea to use in lieu of carving a pumpkin if pumpkin guts gross you out or you live in a climate where carved pumpkins don’t last very long.
So put on a big pot of chili, break out the corn chips, snuggle up in your sweater and invite your pod over for an afternoon of creativity.
Here’s a look at how to personalize pumpkins with paint…
Personalized Painted Pumpkin Supplies:
- Pumpkin (I used a Face Pumpkin, but you can use any size pumpkin you want to be based on the design you’re planning)
- Paint in the color of your choice (we used General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White)
- 2-inch brush for broad strokes
- Detail art brush kit for smaller strokes
- Craft paint in the color of your choice (we used black)
- Stencils or an image that can be easily transferred with graphite pencil, paper, and ballpoint pen
- Dropcloth or brown craft paper
Personalized Painted Pumpkin Steps:
Gather your supplies and use a drop cloth or brown craft paper to catch any messes. Make sure your pumpkin is clean and free from dirt and debris.
Then paint the entire pumpkin the color of your choice. I painted my pumpkin with General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White.
This was after one coat of paint…
And this was after three…
Once the base coat of your pumpkin is completely dry, you can either use store-bought stencils to customize the pumpkin or you can use the easy transfer method if you have a specific image in mind.
I wanted to personalize my pumpkin with paint using a silhouette so I’m utilizing a combination of the easy transfer method and store-bought stencils.
I printed out The Crowned Goat’s logo from my home computer, but you can print out an image you like. Just keep in mind you can’t use an image that is copyright protected.
Flip the image over and use a graphite pencil to shade over the entire image.
Then, flip the image back over, center on the pumpkin, and secure in place with tape.
Using a ballpoint pen, outline the image you’re trying to transfer to the pumpkin.
The image transfer may be light, but it should look like this…
At this point, you can either, trace with a permanent marker like a Sharpie or you can use a fine detail art brush with a craft paint of your choice to outline and fill in the transferred image.
Fill in your graphics and letters. Make sure the paint or marker has completely dried before handling the pumpkin.
So Many Options…
Honestly, there are so many fun ways to personalize a painted pumpkin! You can do a silhouette of your kids, your dog, your house, your favorite number, your name, your hometown…the possibilities are endless.
Let us know how you plant to personalize a pumpkin with paint!
A Few Other Simple Fall Projects to Enjoy:
- DIY Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins
- Simple to Create Heirloom Pumpkins
- Fall Grapevine Wreath for Beginners
- Quick & Easy Fall Centerpiece
- Simple Stacked Pumpkin Topiary with Eucalyptus