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Pumpkins in Silhouette


Give pumpkins a sophisticated, modern look this Halloween with silhouettes.

Check out this project and more ideas in 17 Pumpkin Patterns: Free Projects for Halloween!


DecoArt Products Required
Americana Acrylics

  • DAO1 - Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO67 - Lamp (Ebony) Black

Americana Brushes

  • DBF2575-B - Flat 3/4"
  • DBFN6504-B - White Bristle Fan 4

Weathered Wood

  • DAS8 - Weathered Wood

Multi-Purpose Sealer

  • DS17 - Multi-Purpose Sealer

Americana Spray Sealers

  • DAS13 - Americana Matte Spray


  • Water container
  • Tracing and transfer paper
  • Pencil
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Pumpkin (real or artificial)
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2


  1. Basecoat or prime pumpkin. (See Helpful Hints below.)
  2. Coat pumpkin with Weathered Wood.
  3. Use fan brush to apply Lamp Black (or contrasting color) over Weathered Wood. Be careful not to overbrush as lifting of paint may occur. Let dry thoroughly.
  4. For silhouette designs, trace and transfer pattern. Paint design with contrasting color that corresponds to pumpkin. Let dry.
  5. When completely dry, mist with Americana Matte Spray Sealer. Allow to dry between coats.

Helpful Hints

  • Let dry between steps.
  • You can also basecoat pumpkin in DA229 Jack-O'-Lantern Orange or Americana Acrylic color of your choice.
  • Basecoat color will show through cracks. If you want color other than natural pumpkin color, choose color that contrasts with topcoat.
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer improves adhesion on slick surfaces. For best results and durability, it would be best to prime pumpkin with sealer first.
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Tres chic! I just love the look of these painted pumpkins. You know, you can also buy fake pumpkins that are very realistic at Michaels craft store. They would be perfect for this craft. Once you spend all your time, effort, and money on the paint and supplies, you wouldn't want to have to throw away the pumpkin because it's rotten. Keep them for year after year! Try a very modern color scheme like maybe a mint with white, or a coral with white.

I was thinking the same thing about all the time spent for the real pumpkins to rot. I love your idea of the fake ones because this is such a cute decor to keep on a table ,mantel or even use for Thanksgiving table. You can even put a turkey picture on it.


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