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10 Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
October 1, 2021
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The best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids! These are easy, fun and age appropriate for both younger and older children.

Updated September 2021

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

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

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

And the best part: they are all ideas that kids can actually do!

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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

1. Pumpkin painting – we recommend acrylic paint, but you could also try watering it down for a watercolor effect (on Paper & Stitch)

2. Decorate your pumpkins with feathers and buttons (on TinkerLab)

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Photo by Rachel Withers

3. Try hammering nails into a pumpkin (on the Magic Onion). For younger kids, you can try gold brads – we tried this and it was a blast (on A Subtle Revelry)

4. Make pumpkin mummies (on Hands on As We Grow)

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Photo by Rachel Withers

5. Take pumpkin painting a step further and make glitter pumpkins (on HGTV) (Note: They used spray adhesive, but you can make this project little-kid friendly by using regular glue, Mod Podge, or paint.)

6. If you have white pumpkins, use a sharpie to make happy ghost pumpkins (on This Crafted Life)

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Photo by Rachel Withers

7. Make drip art pumpkins (on The Imagination Tree)

8. Make tissue paper collage pumpkins (on Young House Love)

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

9. Carve a pumpkin fairy house

10. Try these glow in the dark pumpkins for an extra fun Halloween night! (on Color Made Happy)

children painting pumpkins _ rachel withers
Photo by Rachel Withers

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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Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

Download our FREE printable idea list of 31 Halloween activities for kids & families! Or just check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for Halloween!

And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts, autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.

And if you want even MORE Halloween arts and crafts, check out our Halloween Arts and Crafts Workshop at the Kids Art Spot, our kids art club. You’ll get 15 videos of fun and spooky art activities PLUS 17 Halloween-themed drawing prompts!

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