Painted Pumpkin

Christian decoration for Halloween or Thanksgiving
If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to incorporate your faith into your holiday decorations. 

This Painted Pumpkin can be used to bring a spiritual emphasis to the traditional Halloween season or for the Thanksgiving season. In fact, if your pumpkin is fresh, it could last for both!

Create your own masterpiece or let your children create theirs. Put the finished masterpiece on your table or front porch and share the name of Jesus!

All  you need is a pumpkin and inexpensive acrylic paints, and a marker to do the detailed lettering or design.

pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Halloween

Why not paint a pumpkin for Thanksgiving or Harvest time?

 I started with a nice orange pumpkin from Walmart ($3.88).

 Then I painted it about half way down with an acrylic paint called "light mocha."
I finished the edges with an "informal scallop" (i.e. sloppy scallop).

Then I added a layer of light blue and purposely made the border "feathery."

It took me some experimenting with colors to get what I wanted. I darkened the first blue, then added a navy blue on top of it. I purposely allowed the lighter blue to show through.

This is my finished pumpkin. 

With a Sharpee, I free-handed "Give Thanks unto the Lord" and added some dot designs.

Both painting and writing on the pumpkin required care. The paint kept coming up when new coats were added and it was easy to pull up paint with the Sharpee.

It's a little traditional and non-traditional, but I like it. And, hey, it cost me less than $5.

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at my pumpkin. I try to do a creative post every week or two (Creative Post Archive), and I do Marriage too. But my main passion is my 1-Minute Bible Love Note devotions on my home page. I send these devotions to my subscribers. Would you like to become one? If so, sign up below. 
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  1. Very nice and simple tutorial! It's fun to see what others are doing with pumpkins. Pumpkins will be my October food of the month over at . Thanks for inspiring me:)Many Blessings.

  2. How cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Adorned from Above. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to share this, and any other Fall projects you have! Hope to see you there :)

  4. this looks amazing! i love it, and am determined to paint pumpkins this year!

  5. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What a beautiful pumpkin. It looks great. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work:)


  6. Such a great idea! You are very creative. Thanks so much for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  7. I love the idea of painting the pumpkin AND writing on it with Sharpies. I've been eyeing "white" pumpkins but wasn't sure where to get one. I can just make my own!

  8. woow....that´s a great job :) it looks lovley.....
    and do not miss the......


    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  9. I love it!! I think I can do this one!! I especially love it because it is a fall idea and also honoring to the Lord. I need to figure out how to Pin It ( need a Pin it button for people like me, lol) so I can find it in a week when I forget where I saw it :-)

  10. P.S. I pinned it!! Woohoo!! Just copy Gail's link...go to Pinterest and enter the link in 'Add Link" . . . But I suppose you all knew this, lol :-)

  11. So addled am I....Thanks so much Gail for linking up at WholeHearted Home Wednesdays. I just love your blog. It is most of the time the first blog I read and probably the only one until I am done with all that calls my name.

  12. Beautiful job! My weekly linky party--One Creative Weekend--has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

  13. This is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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