Stylish (and Easy) Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin Glitter Decor

As we near the end of October and Halloween is only days away-it's time to get your kids involved in a fun and easy pumpkin painting craft. While I love pumpkins and most things Fall, I am not a huge fan of the scary decorations. With a handful of supplies you and your kids can make some beautiful painted pumpkins that you don't mind looking at for the next few weeks!

Pumpkin Decorating Setup

For this craft you will need:

  • White pumpkins (the best option for painting but orange ones are fine too).
  • Glue-preferably with an easy to squeeze top in case you don't want to use paintbrushes.
  • Glitter
  • Glitter Glue
  • Metal Brads (we used star shape but they come in many different shapes, sizes and colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stencils (any shape or size works). Bigger stencils will be easier on larger pumpkins and vice versa.

Pumpkin Decorating


  • Make sure you have a mat down to protect your floor-your Little Nomad Mat makes a perfect surface for working because it's super easy to clean. 
  • Smocks or aprons for the kids are always a good idea. Or you can grab some oversized tees and turn them inside out.
  • It's not completely necessary to have but when you're working with glitter it's nice to have paper plates under each pumpkin as a catch. It also makes transporting drying pumpkins easier.
  • Only buy the colored glitter/paint that you want. I chose only a handful of colors that look good all together. The kids don't care one way or another (hello, they get to sprinkle glitter all over!) and then you end up with some decent looking Fall decorations!

Pumpkin Decorating

There are no rules and there is no rhyme or reason to how you want decorate. Let your kids have fun with the glitter glue! I had to help my 2 year old with the stencils and glue but he was totally capable of sprinkling all the glitter. The brads are definitely a choking hazard so you don't want to let the little ones have those unsupervised. They are easy and fun to press into the pumpkins though and make for a clean addition to the craft. 

Glitter Easy Clean Little Nomad Play Mat