Patterned Pumpkins

Here’s a fun, fresh way to decorate a pumpkin for fall.


For this project, you can use real or fake pumpkins. I’ve chosen fake pumpkins so I can reuse them next year.

I’m starting by painting my pumpkins. You can either use acrylic paint or spray paint. Personally, I prefer spray paint because it takes less time.

How to:

Begin by painting your pumpkin. If you are spray painting, it is very important that it is done on a warm day and with adequate ventilation. The pumpkin must be room temperature; if it’s too cold then the paint will crackle and peel.

Spray a light coat, allow to dry for the amount of time indicated on the can, then add a second coat.

Now comes the fun part: decorating! I’m using Pen-Touch® markers, made by Sakura. I have these markers in white, silver, and gold, and they also come in a variety of tip sizes.

Begin by shaking the pen. Press the nib to a piece of scratch paper until the ink begins to flow. The ink is paint-like, but the nib gives you the precision of a pen.

You can really get creative with this. For this pumpkin, I’m making modern metallic gold flowers. Be careful of your hand placement when drawing, as the ink takes a few seconds to set on the painted surface.

These markers also show up beautifully on black. I’ve decided to draw a spiderweb on this pumpkin. It’s easy to do: start with a circle, then divide it into quarters by drawing a vertical and horizontal line through the center. Extend these lines around the front side of the pumpkin.

Divide the circle once more, drawing an X through the center.

Connect each line to the one adjacent to it by drawing a slightly curved line. Repeat to create a spiderweb.

No spiderweb would be complete without a spider! I’m making a little sign and spider from scrapbook paper.  Brads and twine turn it into a hanging welcome sign.

Finally, I’m writing a spooky message on this black pumpkin. Have fun experimenting with patterns, like chevron, polka dots, and stripes.

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One thought on “Patterned Pumpkins

  1. Joy Hodges says

    i LOVE this idea. i adore the colors and the fact that they can be reused over and over again is so wonderful! it would be so cute to keep one orange and add bright purple striped, outlined in neon green for halloween! thank you so much for sharing! :)

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