Hey pumpkin lovers! I have fun news for you today — a DIY and a giveaway!!! If you haven’t caught on by now, I really love to find ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t involve carving. I just…. can’t with all those pumpkin guts sometimes, ya know? So! I’ve been using paint pens for a while to decorate my tiny pumpkins and we’ve got a new way to use them today. And bonus — we’re giving two sets of paint pens away over on our Instagram feed, so be sure to head over there when you’re done reading!
- mini pumpkins
- Sakura Pen Touch metallic pen in fine tip gold
Make Time: 10 Minutes per pumpkin
There aren’t really steps to this one; it’s more like “grab a pumpkin and start drawing!” Although I do have some tips for the gold pens. First, be sure you shake them really well with the cap pointed downward before you use them for the first time. Then get a scrap of paper or cardboard and point the tip down while you pump the pen tip a few times to get the paint flowing. Once the tip is completely filled with paint, draw a few practice lines on your scrap paper to get the feel of the pen. If, while you’re drawing on your pumpkin, the ink starts to get spotty, pump the pen tip on your scrap paper again a couple of times to get the ink flowing evenly.
As far as the pattern goes, use your imagination! I went to Pinterest and searched “botanical pattern” to get an idea of a few things that I could draw. Mind you, I’m definitely no artist, so I picked simple shapes that I could easily replicate. I think the key is to just work your way around the pumpkin the same way you would work across a piece of paper so that you aren’t putting hands or fingers on wet ink as you draw. Fill one pumpkin up and start on another!
I love these pretty little minis! They’re on my dining table all lined up on a table runner. And now, head over to Instagram to win your own set of metallic paint pens so you can decorate your own! Many thanks to Sakura of America for providing pens so that we can all get creative. xoxo