Pumpkin carving is a Halloween tradition. Spooky pumpkins are great for scaring little horrors! However, we’ve all ‘been-there-done-that’ when it comes to carving the pumpkin – sometimes it’s nice to do something a little bit different…
Painted pumpkins are a really funky new trend that we’re seeing everywhere this autumn! We couldn’t resist having a go, so we’re bringing you a ‘how-to’ with a few different looks to have a go at home.
Whichever you try, make sure you prep your pumpkin before you start, giving it a good wipe down with a wet cloth (though you should avoid wetting the stem and bottom as this can cause your pumpkin to rot). Dry thoroughly with a clean towel, making sure you’ve gotten rid of any dirt or debris – then you’re ready to start.
What you’ll need for this how-to:
- Pumpkins in varying shapes and sizes
- A clean, wet cloth and clean, dry towel
- Old clothes
- Dust sheets, newspaper or cardboard
- Masking tape
- Paint brushes
- Coloured paint/spray paint/ kids paint
- Glitter/glittery paint (optional)
Spider web pumpkin
This one’s perfect for Halloween. Not only is it black, white and spooky, it’s strangely stylish too!
1. Make sure you cover your work space with plenty of newspaper, dust-sheets or spare cardboard to protect not just the surface underneath but your carpet or flooring, too. It might also be a good idea to wear some old clothes – just in case of splashing.
2. Apply a single coat of white paint, using a brush appropriate to the size of your pumpkin. The kids will be great at this bit! Don’t worry too much if there are still bits of orange showing through.
3. Allow plenty of time for your first coat to dry. Once it’s dry to the touch, paint on your black spiderweb design. This will need a steady hand! If you’re not confident painting a spider’s web, opt for something simple, but still as spooky, by writing ‘BOO’ on the pumpkin in black paint.
4.Once it’s dry, place by the front door for a spookily great Halloween theme. Why not paint the stem in gold glitter for added sparkle?
On-trend asymmetric pumpkin
Who says pumpkins have to be scary? Chevrons have been big for a few years, and we don’t think they’re going anywhere yet. These asymmetric designs are absolutely perfect for an autumn table centrepiece and look lovely on even the tiniest pumpkin.
1. Once your pumpkin is clean and dry, grab the masking tape and a pair of scissors. Don’t be afraid to get this bit wrong as, due to the pumpkin’s curved surface, it’s not easy to get the pattern right first time and you might need to do some tweaking.
Starting at the widest part of the pumpkin, use your masking tape to mark out the pattern you’ve chosen. If it’s chevrons; make a zigzag pattern, overlapping each piece of tape to form a sharp point. If it’s asymmetric; tape a diagonal line all the way around. Make sure you smooth your tape into the grooves of the pumpkin to stop any paint from running down the creases. Make it as neat or as messy as you like – it is Halloween, after all!
2. Depending on how long you want your pumpkin to last, you might want to add a coat of primer first. This will not only help the paint adhere to the surface, it’ll also help combat the ‘orangeness’ of the pumpkin and stop it showing through your colour.
3. Next, choose a colour that’s going to look nice with orange – perhaps something that matches your existing colour scheme? Following the instructions on the tin, paint a nice even coat, carefully removing the tape while the paint is still wet to prevent pulling it off (be especially careful of this if you’re using a quick drying spray paint). For extra embellishment, add a coat of glitter.
4. Leave to dry and don’t forget to show off your masterpiece. Why not coordinate it with other pumpkins for a really striking display?
As good as gold pumpkin
A gorgeous gold pumpkin adds a touch of luxury to any autumnal home. The perfect decoration for a more grown-up Halloween style, there’s just something about golden pumpkins that we really love – and they look beautiful paired with chalkboard pumpkins, too.
1. There’s only one step for this one! We used a fast drying gold spray paint to give the pumpkin a really smooth, shiny finish. If you’re spray painting, just remember to tape over the stem so you don’t have to worry about catching it by accident! You should also make sure you spray your pumpkin in a well ventilated area and follow the instructions on the can, reading them thoroughly before you start.
How do you like these pumpkins?
There are so many designs you and the kids can have a go at creating. We’re loving the surprised ghost face on the white pumpkin and the mischievous orange eyes on the black pumpkin. Simply cut out masking tape in your desired shapes and stick on the pumpkin and paint around them, then peel off and you have your spooky designs!
Keeping it traditional?
If you’re really keen to keep things traditional, don’t worry, we’ve put together some handy pumpkin carving templates too! Simply print out the sheets, choose your favourite eyes and mouth and get stuck into creating the most petrifying pumpkin in the neighbourhood. The templates range in skill level, so are great for getting the whole family involved with. And don’t forget our pumpkin carving kit to make safe work of the cutting too!