Paint My Pumpkin!


October 24, 2012 by Decorum DIYer

It is that time of year.  This past weekend my husband and I took our three children to a local produce farm to pick pumpkins.  We enjoyed a hayride and the beautiful, autumnal weather here in Maryland.  The kids had a great time choosing pumpkins.  As a family, we selected one for each child, three for the family, and one each for the grandparents.  Here are a few pictures of the kids enjoying the pumpkin farm and choosing the perfect pumpkins.

I think this one may be a little heavy.

“Daddy, I want all of them!”

Decisions, decisions…

When we returned home from the pumpkin farm, we decorated two of the pumpkins quickly and easily.  With three kids six and under, carving a pumpkin isn’t the best idea.

So, we decided to decorate our pumpkins with our handprints.  I’d seen plenty of hand print art on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to go about this project.

Two small pumpkins. One pumpkin for each set of grandparents.

 Each child’s hand was painted with some leftover, white, latex paint.

The handprints were placed on the pumpkin inverted.  So, each child’s palm was towards the stem, with the fingers towards the base of the pumpkin.

This doesn’t make a great hand impression, but the goal is to create a ghostly image.

I drew the faces on each ghostly hand print. Our son, Roman, wears glasses, so we thought it only appropriate to include glasses on Roman’s hand print.

Clairisse’s hand print. She receives the award for ‘Best Ghostly Hand Print’.

Ascher’s hand print. Bless his little hand, I mean heart. Being only one year old, he did a great job.

On the opposite side of the hand print pumpkins, I hand drew and colored in “Boo!” with a permanent, black marker. Very easy.  As we were making our pumpkins for the grandparents, Claire kept busy by painting her pumpkin ‘hot pink’.  You can see two pink pumpkins in the background.

Roman decided to draw his own face on this one. Well, not ‘his’ face.

Boo! Two perfect little pumpkins made by my munchkins for dear MomMom and Pop and Grandmom and Grandpop.

Quite possibly the easiest and most fun pumpkin decorating I have done in a long time.

It was also one of the easiest and most fun gifts we have made as a family.

Both sets of grandparents were thrilled to receive them and the children were quite proud of their ‘hand’y-work.

Don’t forget to check out other great Pinterest-inspired projects over at Young House Love, as well as the blogs below!

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If you have a pumpkin that you, or your children, have decorated and you would like to share, please send me an e-mail with a photograph of the pumpkin(s) at

Until next time…, happy pumpkin painting!

One thought on “Paint My Pumpkin!

  1. megan says:

    Looks like a lot of fun

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