Easily Craft a Folk Art Pumpkin

This no-carve pumpkin is a playful, untraditional take on a painted pumpkin. Get the kids involved, let loose and have fun creating your own folky design.

Folk Art Pumpkin

Folk Art Pumpkin

This no-carve pumpkin is a playful, untraditional take on a painted pumpkin. Get the kids involved, let loose and have fun creating your own folky design.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Related To:

Materials Needed

  • artificial or real pumpkin (the smoother, the better)
  • white acrylic craft paint
  • 1-1/2” flat paint brush
  • pencil
  • graphite transfer paper (optional)
  • colorful permanent marker

Paint Pumpkin

Using a 1-1/2” flat paint brush, paint pumpkin with two coats of white acrylic paint. Allow paint to dry properly between coats and before moving to step 2. Tip: As an alternative, pumpkin can be painted with spray paint.  

Step 1:Paint Pumpkin

Step 1:Paint Pumpkin

Using a 1 ½” flat paint brush, paint pumpkin with two coats of white acrylic paint. Allow paint to dry properly between coats and before moving to step 2. Tip: As an alternative, pumpkin can be painted with spray paint.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Sketch Design 

Use a pencil to sketch out a loose, folk art design. If freehand drawing isn’t your forte, use provided template and graphite transfer paper to transfer designs onto pumpkin. Rotate template and repeat patterns until pumpkin is covered with designs. Tip: Print template in different sizes to have even more design possibilities.

Step 2: Sketch Design

Step 2: Sketch Design

Use a pencil to sketch out a loose, folk art design. If freehand drawing isn’t your forte, use provided template and graphite transfer paper to transfer designs onto pumpkin. Rotate template and repeat patterns until pumpkin is covered with designs. Tip: Print template in different sizes to have even more design possibilities!

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Color Design

Use colorful permanent markers to color in penciled design. Use lots of colors; this style of design will look best when it’s busy and full. Tip: If working on this project with kids, this is a good time to bring out the art smocks, since permanent marker will stain clothing. 

Step 3: Color Design

Step 3: Color Design

Use colorful permanent markers to color in penciled design. Use lots of colors! This style of design will look best when it’s busy and full! Tip: If working on this project with kids, this is a good time to bring out the art smocks, since permanent marker will stain clothing.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Add Detail

Add more details and color to bring the designs to life, filling in outlines with a lighter shade of the same color (Image 1). Step back from pumpkin every few minutes to see if overall desired look is being achieved (Image 2). 

Next Up

Easily Craft a Vampire Bat Pumpkin

Create this fun vampire pumpkin that is fang-tastic for Halloween in just a few easy steps.

Halloween Kids’ Craft: Adorable Pet Pumpkins

These playful pet pumpkins are a fun, no-carve fall craft. Templates are included to take the guess work out of creating the shapes to make each animal come to life.

How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

Looking for a pumpkin project that doesn't involve carving? Create this witch pumpkin from start to finish with items from the craft store.

Wow Trick-or-Treaters With a DIY Black Cat Candy Hanger

Turn a faux pumpkin into a black cat-themed candy holder the neighborhood trick-or-treaters will be excited to try out.

How to Make a Jack Skellington-Inspired Pumpkin for Halloween

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Celebrate the animated classic by making your own no-carve, Jack Skellington-inspired pumpkin to greet trick-or-treaters.

5 Quick Crafts and Recipes to Make With Candy Corn

Whether you love it or hate it, candy corn is a Halloween staple. Try these five candy corn crafts this fall to pay homage to this classic treat.

How to Make DIY Oversized Spooky Spiders

Easily craft these larger-than-life spiders with the kiddos for a fun Halloween craft that'll spook up your home -- either indoors or out.

13 Halloween Dollar-Store Hacks That Give You More Boo for Your Buck

Expensive decor is hocus pocus. Check out these budget-friendly DIYs.

Make a Robin Hood Kid's Costume for Halloween

Easily turn budget-friendly felt and polyester fabric into a no-sew Robin Hood costume that you can pull together in a jiffy.

How to Make Your Own Shark-Style Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Decoration

This Halloween, dominate the trunk-or-treat with a menacing great white shark theme. Make the shark, then tempt trick-or-treaters by filling its mouth with all their favorite sweets.
More from:

Halloween Ideas

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.