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DIY Painted Pumpkins: A Tradition With a Twist

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DIY Painted Pumpkins: A Tradition With a Twist

Did you know the tradition of decorating pumpkins dates back to the 19th century (and they actually used turnips as well as gourds)? While we love a good classic, sometimes traditions need a fresh twist: Today’s painted pumpkins are more than just on-trend — check out the reasons we chose to play with paint, then let the pumpkin be your palette!

  1. Safety: No knives required. Parents can breathe easy and let their little ones get involved. No accidental boo-boos this year!
  2. Staying power: A carved pumpkin is exposed to natural elements, causing it to rot much quicker than an uncarved pumpkin — especially for our friends living in warmer regions. Painted pumpkins have a much longer lifetime, so you can enjoy your masterpieces all season.
  3. Style: Color, color, and more color — your options are endless! Feel free to let the kids go wild, and experiment with different paint types, tints, and textures.
  4. Simplicity: Painted pumpkins have half the clean-up of their carved counterparts. Much less mess = much happier Mom!

DIY Painted Pumpkins:

Materials

Pumpkins (all sizes!)

Non-toxic paint (all colors!)

Paint brushes

Masking tape

Newspaper

Instructions

1.  Wipe your pumpkins clean of any dirt — this will help your paint go on evenly. Cover your surface with newspaper to keep your work area clean.

DIY Painted Pumpkins: A Tradition With a Twist

2.  Use masking tape and newspaper to mark off areas that you want to paint. If you are covering the entire pumpkin with a single color, skip this step.

DIY Painted Pumpkins: A Tradition With a Twist

3.  Paint away!

DIY Painted Pumpkins: A Tradition With a Twist

4.  Let painted pumpkins dry overnight, then let the little ones display them around the house with pride.

DIY Painted Pumpkins: A Tradition With a Twist

 

Have a happy and healthy Halloween! Be sure to check out more Honest Halloween favorites on our Pinterest page.