This year the kids couldn’t find the perfect designs they wanted to carve their pumpkins. Ashley wanted princess pink, Anthony wanted Minecraft and Alex wanted something unique that nobody else would have. As “dad”, I always want to save the day. I saw this an another opportunity. I set my mind to it. First hurdle; how in the world DO you carve “pink”? Second problem; How original does it have to be? Doing the shading on a pumpkin takes some serious time and skill. I know because I won several carving contests until they banned my entries at work (wink-wink). In that shining Dad moment it hit me like a voice from the heavens. Dont carve, PAINT! I pitched the idea to welcoming ears. Ashley only had one question… Will It BE PINK? Yes Baby, Its going to be the perfect Pink.
We set out to get paint the weekend before Halloween. $30 later and an hour picking colors and supplies, we were home sketching ideas. Evan got his MineCraft Creeper face on paper. Eva had her pink paint and Alex was still debating Black Or White base coat? I already knew Ironman was going to be gracing mine. We all went to sleep reluctantly.
The next day we transferred all the designs to blue painters tape stencils (seen below). We did Ash’s first for the cutest reason ever. A four year old has absolutely ZERO patience. So i’ll walk you through it so maybe some dad out there can save the day too.
- Cutting surface (I used a fiskars cutting sheet for X-acto type blades)
- X-acto knife
- Painters tape (very nonstick or it will peel the base coat)
- quick dry spray paint(s) (detail color, base coat and primary color)
- paint brushes (disposable type for touchup)
- paper for covering anything you DON’T want painted!
Step 1: Sketch out your design and color code
Step 2: Make a masking tape “sheet of paper” to cutout your design. I overlapped only a quarter inch on each strip as I covered an area large enough to accommodate the design on the cutting sheet.
Step 3: Attach your sketch to the masking tape sheet
Step 4: Cut out the details you want in the base coat color (cutting through the masking tape and carefully peel out the detail pieces
Step 5: Repeat steps 2 and 3 and trim out the overall face shape (only the outline)
Step 6: Start painting by spraying the base coat (the detail color such as the eyes and mouth
Step 7: Once the base color is dry, place the detail pieces on the pumpkin using the sketch for placement and paint your face color
Step 8: Carefully remove the first set of masking tape pieces and apply the face outline masking tape template.
Step 9: Apply final color over the remaining exposed areas of the pumpkin and remove face outline template immediately
Step 10: Once final color is dry, touch up by spraying paint onto a scrap paper and use brush to sharpen edges or any runs in the paint and YOU ARE DONE
We did Ashley’s pumpkin and she had one of those melt you heart smiles. Alex made his “Melting Pumpkin” and was eager for pictures. Anthony got his Mine-craft pumpkin and added a couple ears to it to make it even more evil. Last but certainly not least, I did my Ironman and we took photos for everyone to see. Mission Accomplished!
I saved the day for these kiddos. I love these days. Makes it all worthwhile.