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How To Design And Paint Your Pumpkin

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Carving a pumpkin is the normality for Halloween but it’s not an activity the children can take part in without worrying they might cut themselves. Instead of carving, you can design the pumpkin and paint them with children. Painting the pumpkin means they won’t shrivel or mould so quickly before Halloween day arrives.
What you'll need: 
Various brush sizes
Acrylic Paint (optional)
Stencil cut-out (optional)
Sticky Tape (optional)
Paint Sealer or varnish (optional)
Wipe off any dirt with a damp cloth and let it dry before painting.
Spray a layer of paint sealant or varnish onto your pumpkin. Allow the sealant to dry. This will help the paint to stick to the pumpkin
If you are using a stencil cut-out for your design, you can lay it onto the pumpkin with sticky tape around the sides. Paint out the design with your brush and paint.
You can start painting onto the pumpkin if you are doing your own design.
If you make any mistakes while painting, use the damp cloth to wipe it away.
When you’ve finished designing and painting the pumpkin, allow the paint to dry off.
Spray the pumpkin with the sealant or varnish to protect the paint. You can now display your artwork.
Designing and painting your pumpkin is a great activity if you don’t enjoy the mess of carving a pumpkin. Children can also be involved in this fun activity. Be as creative as you want in designing and painting your pumpkin. To prolong the life of your pumpkin, keep your pumpkin away from heat or direct sunlight.
Using acrylic paint for pumpkin painting is best. The paint sticks to the pumpkin and the colours are more vibrant. You can buy acrylic paints from art or craft shops.
You can paint a different design on the opposite side of your pumpkin, or do a design that goes all the way round your pumpkin.
You can use permanent makers instead of paint, coloured paper with glue or metallic paint to design your pumpkin.
To keep your pumpkin design year after year, you should use a foam pumpkin to paint on.
You can add character to your painted pumpkin by placing a hat or a wig on it.


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