Directions for Trick or Treat Pumpkins and Polka Dotted Pumpkin Topiary

Remember these cute little fellas?  They were pretty easy to do. Don’t be intimidated by my all of my “instructions”, I’m just very detailed and want to answer any questions you have.

I feel pretty sure that next year I will use stencils to do the lettering instead of printing, cutting and tracing.  If you can find stencils of lettering that you like then I think that is the easiest way to go.  If you want to use a really cool fancy font you find online, then by all means, blow it up, print it, cut it and trace it.  Who am I kidding-I won’t like any stencils and will be doing the same as this year!! Below are a few of the steps it takes to create these little fellas.

As I told you in the last post…I got this adorable idea from the 2011 Sept/Oct. issue of Midwest Living Magazine. It has directions and printable stencils online (for free) that you download and print. So, I did just that. I just now “got it” on why they offered “EEK” as well as Trick and Treat stencils…I thought it was an error on my printer’s part-it’s been giving me fits…but “eek” is this years popular saying.  I’ve seen it everywhere…so if you want a pumpkin that says “EEK” you can do that too.  I only did Trick and Treat (I’m old fashioned that way). 

Once I printed the lettering and instructions. I cut them out and held them up to the pumpkin. I traced the lettering onto the pumpkin with a pencil.  I used a paint brush that was the size of my lettering (from a multi-pack of brushes) to paint the lettering. I used the cheap acrylic paint you can get for less than $.99 at Wal-mart. The brand is PLAID-Folk Art.  I used #628 Pure Orange, #987 Wicker White and black (no number or name for some reason) to paint the lettering and pumpkins. It glides on smoothly and worked beautifully.


I used a “liner” brush to fine tune the lettering. I don’t have the steadiest of hands so it’s not perfect but looks fine for the overall effect. I did find that dipping a q-tip into paint thinner helped me correct a few mishaps!

While the lettering was drying, I taped off my very thick stripes that go around the top and bottom of the pumpkin. The stripes are made of black electrical tape. As you can see, it’s kind of hard to tape a perfect circle around a pumpkin, it’s just awkward. No biggies, just tape it the best you can. If you want your kids to help you do this-now is a great time to include them. Palmer helped me and loved it.  I gave him a really thick brush and told him to paint within the two black lines.  Repeat on the bottom half the pumpkin.  Once the paint dried, I peeled the tape off.  My paint kind of bled through at points. I think Frog Tape might have done a better job, it’s painter tape.  I will be using that next time.

Now on to my topiary-not nearly as detailed!! Below is a picture of my X-tra large pumpkin (it is the base of my topiary). I had the pumpkin farm trim off the stems of my two lower pumpkins as flush as they could get them without actually opening the pumpkin.  I left the little top pumpkin it’s stem.

Next, I used round foam stencil brushes dipped in paint to make my dots (remember how I said that Southern Living Magazine had you putting sticker dots on your pumpkin, tracing them and then painting them? This way just seems so much easier).  I used these whenever I wanted dots (after the black paint dried on the Trick/Treat pumpkins, I painted orange dots on the black stripes).  This is an assortment pack. I used two different sizes. 

My white pumpkin was super easy too. I simply poured a bunch of white paint onto a paper plate, got a huge brush and painted the whole thing white.  Palmer helped with this too.  I kept the pumpkin on a paper plate, it makes it a lot easier to lift up after it dries.  Using newspaper would just make it stick and you would end up with a mess.  After the white paint dried, I used the black electrical tape to tape off my “stripes”. I then painted orange and black dots on the white pumpkin.  I based this pumpkin off of one I had seen in the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween 2009 Issue.

As you can see, I used two different sizes of the foam brushes for some interest.

My black pumpkin was done just like the white pumpkin. Paint it black, let it dry (usually about 15 minutes) and then use the round foam brushes to paint white and orange dots. I used an old planter I had as my base and then  carefully stacked them one on top of the other. I added a burlap bow to fill in the gaps.  Done!  Sooo, sooo cute!!!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow. I will be showing you all my pictures from last year’s COUNTRY LIVING FAIR in Stone Mountain.  The fair will be here again THIS Friday, Oct. 21-22 and you KNOW I will be there!  These pictures might just convince you to take a day trip to the big ole ATL on Friday!




2 Responses to Directions for Trick or Treat Pumpkins and Polka Dotted Pumpkin Topiary

  1. Andrea Hutcherson says:

    These are adorable!!! :D

  2. Kerryn says:

    Wow! That’s a really neat asnwer!

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