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Painted Pumpkins: Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

Painting pumpkins is an easy project that will last a lot longer than a carved pumpkin, especially in climates that are still toasty warm in the fall. Sketch some silly faces or favourite things and get crafty! This DIY shows you how to prep, paint, and seal painted pumpkins so they will weather the, well, weather.

Painted Pumpkin Faces - a super fun fall craft



  • Pumpkins or squash
  • Damp cloth
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic sealer


Choose pumpkins and squash that are firm, unmarked, and have no soft spots. You want the freshest winter squash for this project, to ensure that they last a long time.

Wipe the squash well so that all dirt is removed. Dry with a clean cloth.

You can draw your design with a  pencil first, and when you are happy with it, outline it all in black permanent marker. Here are a few ideas of faces to get you started. Painted Squash Faces - pumpkin and butternut

Use paint to color in the design, a few coats will be needed to get a strong, contrasting color.

When the paint is completely dry, outline the black with the permanent marker again to ensure the lines are a uniform thickness.Painted Pumpkin Faces - silly smile

Spray the painted area with a matte acrylic sealer and allow to dry for 24 hours before setting outside.

If you liked these pumpkins, you’ll love these! check out how to make your very own Jack-o-Plantern.

How to Make Jack o Planterns


  1. Painted pumpkins are traditional in my family. We always try new ways of decoration. When we moved to Toronto, I wanted to rebuild the garden in our new house. Generally, I find garden and DIY blogs very inspiring and helpful but it was even more true at that time. I found a list of garden companies which brought me to some great people who took care of my garden then and they still do now. That’s why I keep searching for blogs, especially Canadian to find more tips and inspiration. When we started to rebuild our garden, an employee of one of those companies had an idea that we should use the “broken” environment around our house to make a Halloween party. Guess what? This year we plan to do the same event because it was very popular among our friends. I was searching for something original and I think I’ve just found it. Our garden is not under reconstruction anymore so hopefully your pumpkins will help to make our party fresh and colorful this year. Thank you!

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