DIY Painted Pumpkin

Countdown: 19 days until Halloween! I know if I carve pumpkins now they will be rotten by the end of the month, so I thought I would attempt to paint them this year. Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows, and I couldn’t resist doing this DIY. I’ll post the link to the original post from Pinterest below.


Before you begin, make sure your quote or saying is printed off and large enough for your pumpkin.


Grab a sharpened pencil and scribble on the backside of the piece of paper to cover all the letters, while also making sure the image isn’t seen through the backside.

Now take your paint of choice. I would go with acrylic, and then paint the surface of the pumpkin. Depending on the brand, lighter colors such as yellow will need at least a second or third coat to make sure everything is completely covered. Let this dry for about an hour.


Tape the piece of paper onto the pumpkin, and trace the outline of your design with a pen. This should transfer the outline onto the pumpkin. When peeling off the tape, be very careful so that patches of the paint don’t come off. If this happens, just paint another layer on top.


Take either a Sharpie or paint pen and fill in the outline. From here, I recommend sealing this with mod podge or acrylic sealer. Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer in Matte is my go to for this.

Link to OG post:


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