Painting pumpkins is far superior to carving them, in my opinion. There’s virtually no mess, and there’s no danger of cutting one’s finger on those stupid little serrated blades that come in pumpkin-carving kits. Plus, the possibilities are endless.
Last year I painted my pumpkins with glittery stars, this year I opted to keep it in the celestial family and paint a row of white pumpkins with phases of the moon. It’s a super quick and easy way to dress up your front porch with a little bit of mystical spookiness just in time for Halloween.
2. Use the template to draw a faint outline (in something that can be erased or washed off) of the circle on each pumpkin.
3. Starting with the middle pumpkin, fill in the whole circle with black paint. Working your way to the right, paint the next circle about two-thirds of the way full. Paint the next circle half full, then paint the remaining circle on the right with just a small crescent.
4. Using the same order, paint the pumpkins on the left side and let dry.
5. Next, we’ll add some depth. Squeeze some blue paint onto a plate and dab with a crunched-up paper towel. Sponge some of the blue paint onto the moon shapes. Let dry.
6. Mix up a medium-grey using the white and black paint and use the same process to dab it onto the moon shapes.
Now all that’s left to do is stock up on last-minute candy and sit on the porch, waiting for trick-or-treaters. Or, you know, just eat it all yourself while watching the new season of Stranger Things.