Pumpkin Painting Ideas

Eliminate frustration and tears by letting children paint faces on pumpkins with these fun pumpkin painting ideas. Not only is it safer, but the pumpkins will last longer and children will be able to exercise creativity and artistic talents while trying one of our pumpkin painting ideas.

Go Acrylic. If your child is a budding artist, give her some acrylic paints in various colors and a paintbrush and let her go for it. Have her sketch out what kind of pumpkin face she wants to do-happy, sad, scared or creepy-and then let her sketch it on the pumpkin with a pencil. Squirt some paint on a paper plate and let her fill in the parts of the face however she sees fit. It's sure to be a masterpiece.

Negative Imagery. Spray paint the pumpkin black and let it dry thoroughly. Give the child a big spoon, and then allow them to scrape it on the surface of the pumpkin. The spoon will remove the black paint and the top layer of pumpkin to reveal bright orange flesh against the rest of the black surface.

Faceless Works of Art. Don't limit yourself to just painting pumpkin faces. Include other Halloween images on the smooth orange canvas of pumpkin flesh. Paint a graveyard scene with bare trees and a full moon or render a haunted house with a gaggle of ghosts. Even autumn leaves can be painted and pressed onto the pumpkin to create an fall foliage work of art. Pumpkins with stripes, polka dots and stars can add contrast and texture to a fall decoration display.

Transform It. Turn the pumpkin into something else, such as a cat, bat or Frankenstein's monster. Gather accessories, such as felt, bottle caps, pipe cleaners and other assorted craft items in addition to paint. Play around with the items to see what you can come up with. For example, make a pretty pink kitty. Paint the pumpkin pink and cut out pink triangle ears from felt. Use a bottle cap for a nose and black pipe cleaners for whiskers. Assemble the kitty after painting whimsical eyes and your pumpkin will have its own Halloween costume.

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