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The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

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Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

We just bought a bunch of pumpkins, unable to resist the new displays of them popping up everywhere.

So we now have a table-full of big pumpkins, little pumpkins, orange pumpkins, and white pumpkins. Even a few funny-looking knobbly gourds!

And since we can’t just leave them alone, here are some of the best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids. A couple of the ideas are from The Artful Parent, but most are just some seriously awesome ideas from around the web.

Ideas that kids can actually do!

We’re giving the crayon scribble pumpkins a whirl today with the white pumpkins and can’t wait to try some of these other ideas soon, too.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Younger Kids

These pumpkin decorating ideas are especially great for younger kids because of the materials used and focus on process over product. But older kids (and even adults) can certainly enjoy and do these as well!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Drip Art

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Playdough Faces and Crayon Scribbles

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Painting Pumpkins and Felt Faces

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Fingerpaint Resist and Tissue Paper Collage

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Pumpkin Mummies and Drilling Holes in Pumpkins

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Hammer nails in pumpkins and decorate pumpkins with washi tape

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Collage Face Pumpkin Decorating and Bling Pumpkins

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Feathers and Glitter

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Older Kids

I separated these ideas out for older kids (and adults) because of the number of steps involved, the materials, and/or the more product-oriented nature. As always, you know your kids best so use your own judgement. And little kids might have fun doing one of these pumpkin ideas with you.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Melted Crayon Pumpkins and a Pumpkin Fairy House

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas with Kids - Pumpkin Minions

Want to make your decorated pumpkins last longer?

Growing a Jeweled Rose shares some great tips for making carved pumpkins last.

Which are your favorite pumpkin decorating ideas for kids? Will you give one of these a try this year?

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  • Reply
    Katie Harding
    October 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I was thinking of doing something untraditional this year with my pumpkins so this is AWESOME. Thanks for all of the clever ideas, my boys will love the painting and I love the idea of a simple glitter pumpkin.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

      You’re welcome, Katie! Hope you and your boys have fun with pumpkin decorating!

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    Joanna
    October 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Love all these ideas. Check out our chalk painted pumpkins posted today on bluebarnliving.com

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    Peggy C
    October 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    fun! We used plastic potato-head parts and they came out super cute too. My almost – 3 year old needed my help to punch the holes in the pumpkin (we used a large nail) but otherwise decorated his himself and my 6 year old did hers complete,y independently. They are so proud of them!

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    abdulmuqeet
    April 21, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for all of the clever ideas, my boys will love the painting and I love the idea of a simple glitter pumpkin.

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    Alexander Jacques Sabucido
    September 17, 2019 at 12:06 am

    We should let our kids try this best pumpkin decorating ideas to enjoy the Halloween.

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