Some tips for decorating pumpkins with paint include mixing paint with glue-on decorations and using stencils. Painting shapes or designs directly on the pumpkin and using chalkboard paint are also options.
Painting is a great way to create unique pumpkin designs, and it is usually much easier to do than carving. A simple way to create stylish pumpkins is to apply an all-over base color and add additional decorations such as ribbon, rhinestones, beads, lace, googly eyes or felt. Stick thumb tacks or pins into pumpkins to add instant decorations. Opt for premade stencils or printable templates to make the decorating even easier. Materials such as paper doilies can also make good stencils.
Scratching paint away is an interesting way to decorate painted pumpkins. To get the look, paint the pumpkin with an all-over base color such as black and scratch designs into the paint.
Those with artistic skills can paint designs directly onto their pumpkins. Geometric shapes, such as stripes, squares and circles, tend to be the easiest to do, but faces, bats, spiders and other spooky creatures also work well.
Try combining painting and carving to create unique pumpkins. A few ideas include painting a haunted house design and carving in the windows or carving on a spider web to match a painted spider.