Pimp your pumpkins this Halloween

I’m super crap at carving, every year I do it wrong and just make a complete hash of it. This year though I’m following in the footsteps of some other creative beans and painting my pumpkin and pimping it up with some felt tip pens and a bit of creativity.

If you want to do the same then all you need is grab the following:

  • Pumpkin - large or small it works for every size.

  • Paint - I used Rust-oleum chalk paint, but I’ve read and seen people using various kinds.

  • Pens - I used normal Stabilo felt tips in various colours

  • Creativity - go big, and let your hair down there is no right way to design your pumpkin so let your creative juices flow.


Step 2

So I hunted round my husbands shed and found myself with Rust-oleums Strawberry Vanilla Chalky finish paint which has to be one of my fav colours to work with.

I thought this paint might be too thick to work with, but it went on an absolute dream and it only needed the one coat.

Top Tip: If you don’t have a colour you love to hand, head to your local hardware store and select a tester pot which range from around £1.50-£3.00


Step 4

Taaa Daaa - so here is my pumpkin creation, I LOVE the paint I’ve used it gives the pumpkin a rough looking texture.

The pens and patterns have given it personality and everyone who see’s it wants to pick it up and take a closer look!

So I would suggest if you want your pumpkin to last coat it in a varnish, I’m opting for a spray so it won’t smudge my pen designs.

Step 1

So here I’ve selected my pumpkin, I’ve given it a quick wash with soap water to get all the excess dirt off (as I picked it from a field) and let it air dry for a few hours before painting.

I didn’t prime it with anything as I’ve read it’s not needed - so on I went with selecting my paint and brushes.


Step 3

It only took about 10 mins to cover the full pumpkin with the paint, if you are using a thinner based paint you may need a double coat.

Once covered I left to dry for a couple of hours before I got my colouring on as I know chalky paint can be a little tacky.

Once fully dry I used normal Stabilo felt tip pens, sat in-front of the telly and let me creative juices flow - I love a pattern and the sections that come naturally to the pumpkin worked perfectly for me to create a number of different ones.


I hope you’ve found this helpful and it’s given you some ideas on what you can achieve this Halloween. If you are going to take the creative leap and paint your own pumpkin - share it with us over on our Instagram page @theyaymakers we would love to share them with everyone.