Here in Southwest Florida it’s so hot that when we carve a pumpkin it rots in 3 days or less. It’s so gross that we rely on alternatives for pumpkin decorating. Over the years we’ve mastered all the different ways to decorate a pumpkin, including this easy pumpkin decorating idea for how to drip paint pumpkins. I’ve found that small pumpkins last a lot longer than big ones so I’m always on the lookout for new ideas to decorate a small pumpkin.
Why I love easy pumpkin decorating ideas
I don’t know about you, but when I search “easy pumpkin decorating ideas”, I truly want to find something that is easy. You know, the kind of craft that I can set out for this kids and let them just go with it.
It’s probably no surprise to you that I also need my crafts to be budget friendly. I’m not about to spend a million dollars on a craft that will be thrown away a few weeks later.
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Kids get excited to decorate pumpkins all by themselves
Yes, I love spending time with kids and helping them get crafty, especially when it comes to my favorite holiday. However, I know how excited they get when they do things all by themselves. When they have the opportunity to do something without much help at all, they end up enjoying the experience more.
Less stress for mom and dad
Admit it, you’ve had the carving knife out for pumpkins and been stressed by all the kid created chaos around you. I’ve been there. I’ve had that knife out and been so stressed out that they kids would accidentally cut themselves. It’s been so stressful in the past that I would rather carve pumpkins myself and let the kids do all the carve-free pumpkin decorating.
That’s why I’m so excited about this little pumpkin decorating idea. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. So much so that I did zero hand holding with the kids even at ages 2 and 4.
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This is one of the best ideas to decorate a small pumpkin with kids
Heck, this is one of the best ideas to decorate a small pumpkin without kids. It’s so much fun that you don’t have to be a kid to drip paint pumpkins!
There are a lot of pretty pumpkin decorating ideas out there on the web, but how many of them are easy enough for kids? Or easy enough for lazy adults? Not that many. This one checks all the boxes when it comes to easy pumpkin decorating ideas. I mean you can’t get much easier than dripping paint over a pumpkin.
How to drip paint pumpkins with kids
It’s as simple as setting out the paint and pumpkins! Well, almost. There is a little prep work that goes into this easy pumpkin decorating idea.
Step 1: Buy the right paint supplies
We do this with super cheap paint squeeze paint from Ikea. It’s not available online, but there are other options that I’ve outlined for you below.
A cheap paint option for drip paint pumpkins is to buy these squeeze bottles from Amazon and fill them up with inexpensive paint.
Step 2: Prep table for paint
Once again, I use cheap Ikea craft products. I love the big roll of craft paper. You can buy a big roll on Amazon too.
Step 3: Set out paint and pumpkins
Set it out and let the kids go to town. No paintbrushes needed!
Step 4: Let dry
My kids tend to really pile on the paint! I like to let these dry overnight in order to get them really dry.
This is always such a fun and easy way to paint small pumpkins. Decorating pumpkins should be fun! Try this with your kids (or on your own) and let me know what you think!
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Do you have any fun hacks for easy pumpkin decorating with kids?