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Painting Pumpkins

Here at The Paint Shed, we're always looking for new ways to use up leftover paint. This autumn TikTok users have been hosting Halloween pumpkin paint and sip parties, inspired by the popular paint and sip trend. Some are choosing to paint traditional jack-o'-lantern faces and ghostly patterns, while others are opting for more neutral designs that they can incorporate into their home décor.

We thought this was a great idea and the perfect way to use up leftover paint from your last DIY project. It's also a great way to use up old sample pots you might have lying around from the last time you were looking for that elusive perfect colour. 

While carved pumpkins usually last a few days, painted pumpkins can last up to three months which means this fun craft activity will last for most the season. 

What Paint To Use When Painting Pumpkins?

To ensure that your pumpkin paint job lasts as long as the pumpkin, use a water-based paint. This is a great opportunity to use up leftover wall paint from previous DIY projects or old sample pots, but be sure to stir the paint before using it if it’s been stored for a while. Alternatively, order a paint sample pot in the perfect colour for your pumpkin.

How To Prepare your Pumpkin?

Before you start painting, wash your pumpkin with soap and water and let it dry completely. This will help the paint adhere better to the surface.

What Tools To Use?

Consider the brushes you have available before starting on your design. Different types of brushes and sponges can be used to create different effects. For example, a small brush is perfect for smaller details, while a large brush will work better for covering large areas. Sponges can be used to add texture or cut into shapes to create a stamp.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. 

There are no rules when it comes to pumpkin painting, have fun and be creative with your design choices.


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