Pumpkin painting has been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl. Each year we’d pick our pumpkin, a design and paint away. We’d proudly display our pumpkins by the door and showcase them to our neighbors and trick or treaters. It’s something that I looked forward to each year, and a tradition that I now carry on with my kids.
Last weekend we took a family trip to our local orchard to pick pumpkins! It’s an awesome spot where you can pick right off the vine. The kids love it and so do we. Such a great weekend adventure! We grabbed a wheel barrel and filled it up. Pumpkin picking is hard work, so on the way out we picked up some ice cold apple cider to cool us off. I chose some pumpkins that I decorated for our kitchen island, and the kids picked theirs for our front door.
This year my mom happened to be visiting and was able to head up the activity. The kids showed her a design they liked, and Nani got to work. My kids are still young (7, 5, and 2) so we find it works best to lightly draw the design on the pumpkin with pencil first. Then you can pour the paint and let your little artists get to work. Their pumpkins turned out awesome and are on display at our front door. I’m sure all of the ghouls and goblins will love them!
I also decided to do a little decorating this year, and picked out some white pumpkins to go on our kitchen island. They’re a little crooked and flawed, but real pumpkins aren’t perfect. And I love that about them. If you want more of a pristine look, you can certainly purchase some artificial pumpkins from your local craft store. I stuck with a white and gold color scheme. I used a paint marker to do a little writing. Some paint and glitter glue to create a leafy look. And lastly, some gold rope to make a fun design. I love the way they turned out! The great thing about painted pumpkins is that they will last all month long. It’s a super fun way to get your kids into the fall and Halloween spirit early! Carving and pumpkin seeds will come later…