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Paint Pen Pumpkin Decorating

24 October 2017

It’s pumpkin season!  Carving pumpkins is great, but with young kids it’s hard to make that happen.  At our house, we like to use paint pens to decorate our pumpkins in various ways.  It is so much faster and less messy.  Plus, kids can decorate their own pumpkins no matter how old they are.

paint pen pumpkins by Mom Trusted title

We did a few early this year to get the ideas flowing.  All you need is some pumpkins, some paint pens, and some ideas to get started.  We used a combination of Sharpie paint pens and Elmers paint pens.

Paint Pen Pumpkins by Mom Trusted 6 wm

The great thing about paint pens is your kids can decorate their own pumpkins and you don’t have to worry about them cutting themselves.  They get to really contribute and create their own spooky works of art!

Paint Pen Pumpkins by MomTrusted 2 wm

Tip: If you have two different colors that will be touching like the Luvs pumpkin below, do one color first then let it dry completely before starting the next color.  Since these pens use paint instead of marker ink the colors will run together if you don’t give enough time in between.

Paint Pen Pumpkins by MomTrusted 1 wm

Get creative!  See a few other things we tried below.

Paint Pen Pumpkins by MomTrusted 4 wm

Funky Woodgrain Pumpkin – to make this design we used a green pumpkin and a metallic gold paint pen.


Frankenstein Pumpkin - depending on the shape of your pumpkin…you can create some pretty funny characters.

Vampire Pumpkin - or use the a unique color pumpkin to drive the design.  This pumpkin was so white we thought we might do a ghost pumpkin or vampire pumpkin.  What other ideas do you have?

Happy October from Mom Trusted 10 wm

We’re so excited about October and Halloween!

Check out some other pumpkin activities and recipes:

Knuckle Print Pumpkin

No-Carve Googly Eyed Pumpkin

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Butter


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