Looking for a creative pumpkin decorating idea? Create this project with a pumpkin silhouette. It takes minutes to create this pumpkin silhouette project and it’s a fun way to incorporate your family into your home decor.
I’m so excited.
(a sentence which should totally end with an exclamation point….but I’m saving them for next week)
And if I weren’t rationing exclamation points….the sentence would look a little something like this….
I’m so excited!
I can’t help it. I love any project that begins and ends with an exclamation point.
Like this one.
How to make a pumpkin silhouette.
I’ve been wreath-making and bow-tying and painting and gluing and fluffing and decorating.
And I was supposed to wait until next week for the big tour reveal.
But I couldn’t.
I just had to share.
But shhhh….keep it under your hat.
This whole pumpkin project is just between you and me…..
….and a few exclamation points!!!!
Before you get started here’s a little bit of information on the project
What kind of pumpkins work best for pumpkin silhouettes?
The pumpkins used for this project are faux pumpkins. You can use real pumpkins for this project, but they will only last for a couple of weeks. You can find faux pumpkins in different colors at the craft store. Pumpkins are made of a soft, carvable material and come in different colors, such as white, black and orange. The faux pumpkins also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make sure to look for pumpkins with realistic stems, too.
What tools do you need for this pumpkin silhouette project?
This is a no-carve pumpkin silhouette project, so the tools are relatively simple. You will need different size paint brushes. I would recommend buying a bag of paint brushes in different sizes. I used a fine-tip brush for the details on the silhouette, as well as a larger brush to fill in the surface. You will also need a pair of scissors to cut out the silhouette from paper.
What else can I paint on the pumpkins besides silhouettes?
This project features pumpkin silhouette people, but you could paint different types of silhouettes, too. An exterior silhouette of your house might be a fun project to try. You could paint a silhouette of your state. You could also paint number silhouettes to place outside with your address numbers on them.
Can you use faux pumpkins to decorate outside?
Yes. Most faux pumpkins work well outside. I recommend if you do decorate outside with your faux pumpkins, that you place them under a porch or overhang to protect them from the elements. I have decorated with pumpkins like these for many years.
How to Make a Silhouette Pumpkin
- white pumpkin
- black craft paint
- profile picture
Step 1: Print out the profile picture
Take a simple photograph of your subject from the side. Print the picture out on the computer. You don’t need a photo that is overly detailed and try to take the photograph against a lighter background to make sure you can see all the detail in the photograph.
Set the computer to print out a full page.
Cut out the picture.
Step 2: Tape picture to the pumpkin
This step is totally self-explanatory.
I just wanted to show you the picture because that tape looked so cute.
You don’t have to use cute tape for the project, but it definitely helps. You’ll want to apply enough tape so that the silhouette lays as flat as possible.
Step 3: Trace the silhouette
Take a pencil and trace the cut out the silhouette.
You will want to use a pencil with a thick tip and press as hard as you can so you can see the entire silhouette after it’s traced onto the pumpkin.
Try to make sure and include as many little details as you can when you trace.
Step 4: Trace outline with a Sharpie
This is the step that makes all the difference.
This is the step that transforms you into the Leonardo da Vinci of the pumpkin painting world.
Use a medium-tipped Sharpie and re-trace the pencil line. The Sharpie gives you such a clean edge that the silhouette looks completely professional.
Step 5: Paint the rest of the pumpkin
As we say in the art world, it’s all downhill from here.
The rest of the project is easy.
Start by using a fine-tipped brush and paint next to the traced Sharpie line. Next, using a large brush and black acrylic paint for the center.
Then? Just fill in the outline with the rest of the black paint.
Let your pumpkin silhouette dry.
I painted four pumpkins silhouettes.
Here are my pumpkins all in a row.
And this is just the tip of the fall decorating iceberg.
My silhouettes and hay bales and burlap pumpkins and monogrammed acorns and mercury glass and barn doors and farmer’s market signs and corn husks and acorn squash wish you happy fall. Here’s to brilliantly painted pumpkins everywhere.
If you make this project, can you send me a few extra exclamation points…..
….just in case I run out. 🙂