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5 Pumpkin Painting Ideas for Kids

by The Artful Parent Editorial Team
October 5, 2022
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Painting pumpkins for Halloween is a great no carve option for kids. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin painting ideas for your family!

Updated August 2022

Painting with pumpkins is easy: give each child a pumpkin, some paints, paintbrushes (or just let them finger paint!) and if you’re brave, glitter!

It’s an easy way for kids of all ages to participate in decorating for Halloween. It’s also a super fun sensory activity.

Plus the painted pumpkins don’t decay the way carved pumpkins do, so you can decorate your pumpkins even earlier for Halloween decorations.

Here are some of our favorite ways to paint pumpkins!

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Photo by Rachel Withers

Pumpkins Painting for Kids

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1. Paint with brushes

If you want to keep things simple while painting pumpkins, you can use tempera or acrylic paint and brushes. Your kids won’t need any directions, trust us!

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2. Squeeze Paint

Once you’ve tried basic painting, you’ve got to try squeeze paint! Squeeze bottles are so easy and fun for kids to use. Simply let your child squeeze paint down onto the pumpkin, letting it drip and blend with other colors.

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3. Watercolors + Glitter

Another fun paint option to try is watered-down acrylic paint and glitter. You can paint or pour over the pumpkins and then while the paint is still wet, add glitter! You may want to try this project outside, as kids can get pretty liberal with the glitter!

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4. Pounding and Painting Pumpkins

This project is fun once the paint has dried! Use a hammer or mallet and pound golf tees or brass fasteners into your pumpkin. Kids love getting a chance to hammer, and we love the look of the polka dots all over a pumpkin!

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5. Tape or Sticker Resist

Apply tape or stickers to your pumpkin and then paint it all over. Once the paint has dried, remove the tape or stickers to reveal a cool design!

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Photo by Rachel Withers

Some Notes about Paints This post contains affiliate links.

There are so many paints to try when painting pumpkins! We love this squeeze paint from IKEA. We also tried Target’s acrylic craft paints watered down to a more pourable substance.

The paint Jean liked to use for projects like this is activity paint from Discount School Supply, as it adheres to most surfaces without any cracking. We’ve used tempera paint* for painting pumpkins in the past and it works fine, but does tend to crack and peel a bit after it dries. BioColor paint would work great, too.

*If you have tempera paint though, go ahead and use it! Try mixing in a few drops of liquid dish soap to the tempera paint first to help it stick to the smooth surface.

Have you tried painting pumpkins with kids yet?

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