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