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Video:How to Paint a Pumpkin

with Chris Davis

Painting Pumpkins for Halloween is a great way to get kids involved in decorating. With a simple preparation, you can paint pumpkins without the mess.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Paint a Pumpkin

Carving Pumpkins for Halloween can be a lot of fun, however, it can get pretty messy and they tend to spoil quickly once carved. Painting pumpkins is easy and gives you a colorful decoration that will last the entire Halloween season.

Here's What You Need to Paint Pumpkins:

  • Pumpkin
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sealer
  • Newspaper
  • Paper Plate

Tips for this project come from About.com's painting site.

Select and Clean a Pumpkin

Before you start you need to select a pumpkin. Select one that fits the desired shape you are looking for. Also check the pumpkin for cuts, wormholes, or soft spots these blemishes can cause problems while painting. Finally check that the stem is firm. Next wash the pumpkin to remove any dirt. Depending on pumpkin size you can use a damp cloth or wet-wipe in the sink, or if the pumpkin is larger use a garden hose outside. Don't scrub the pumpkin with a hard brush. You could damage the skin making it difficult to paint. Either dry the pumpkin with a paper towel or set out to air dry.

Acrylic Paint is Recommended for Pumpkins

Spread out some news paper or an old table cloth to protect your work surface. Although you don't have to, applying a layer of sealer will help the paint stick to the pumpkin as well as help it last a little longer. Any type of general purpose craft sealer will do the trick.As you choose paint take into consideration where your decoration will be displayed. Almost any paint will work, however, acrylic paints work best and will give you a great end result. Poster paint is a good alternative but be aware that rain will cause the paint to wear off. Now it's time to start painting. You can either go free hand or sketch out your design. Paint as you would on any other surface. Keep a damp cloth near by to wipe off any mistakes before they dry.

When you've finished, consider adding another layer of sealer to protect your painted pumpkin. This is not mandatory but it will prolong the life of your artwork. Experiment with your designs, Ghosts, witches, goblins and of course jack o lanterns faces are all great ides. Most of all have fun. To learn more, visit us at About.com
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