DIY: No-carve typography pumpkins

What you’ll need: 

  • Chalkboard and gold spray paint
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Newspaper or cardboard
  • Pumpkins
  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Black Sharpie
  • Typefaces! We used Lust Script by Neil Summerour & Blakely by Mark Simonson.

 

STEP ONE: Using your masking tape, tape off any part of the pumpkin you don’t want painted. It could be the stem, or you can create designs like stripes or polka dots, or paint only half of the pumpkin. Next, place your pumpkins on a piece of cardboard or newspaper outside and begin spraying. Make sure you spray at least 10 inches away so you get a nice, even coat. You’ll only need to do one coat of paint.

STEP TWO: Choose a beautiful typeface to design what you want to put on your pumpkin and then print it out at 100%. Place the sheet on the pumpkin and, using a pen, trace around each letter. When you lift up the sheet, there should be a clear indent in the pumpkin of where you need to chalk. Note: If you’re drawing with a Sharpie on an orange pumpkin, you can use contact paper behind your design to create a clear transfer.

STEP THREE:  Wait 30 minutes before removing any masking tape, then peel off gently. Next, use your chalk to begin to fill in the outlines. If you make a mistake, just use a wet towel or Q-tip to erase it and start again.

You can also use a black Sharpie to draw your design. We created this half-painted gold pumpkin and drew a house number.

And you’re done! Beautiful pumpkins without any carving.

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5 Comments

  1. I adore these! Great job and I agree I am painting my pumpkins next year for a change. Well that is if the kids agree. Lesley

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  2. LOVE these! Just found your amazing blog through the swiss-miss blog!

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  3. Avatar of Kirsten Riemer

    Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this information together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

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