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Simple Skeleton Pumpkin with Sparkle

Make a painted pumpkin with a skeleton design. This Halloween craft is SO easy – add Sparkle Mod Podge for a really festive touch!

Make a painted pumpkin with a skeleton design. This Halloween craft is SO easy - add Sparkle Mod Podge for a really festive touch!

Too early for Halloween – and a painted pumpkin idea? My friends, there is no such thing as too early in the world of crafting! That is what I love about being a crafter. I can be a rule breaker. By the way, am I the only person that refers to skeletons as “skulligans?” If you are out there, please identify yourself.

My first project of the season is this DIY pumpkin. It’s easy and uses Mod Podge as a sealer . . . and it’s NO CARVE. There’s some painting involved but it’s fun, and you also get to use white transfer paper.

Ooh la la. This purple and black and glitter painted pumpkin will be loved by you for years to come, guaranteed. Here’s how to make this skeleton pumpkin.

Skeleton Painted Pumpkin

Gather These Supplies

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Skeleton clip art printed out to fit the pumpkin – I got mine from Microsoft Clip Art
  • FolkArt Paint – Licorice, Dove Gray, Metallic Silver Sterling
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Purple craft leaves
  • Paintbrushes in two sizes – small and large
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pipe Cleaners, black
  • White transfer paper and stylus
  • Stencil tape
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Your first step is to paint the craft pumpkin with Licorice (unless you got a black craft pumpkin) and transfer the image to the pumpkin using white transfer paper.

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Use your small brush to paint in the skeleton design with gray paint. Follow the transfer paper lines as closely as you can. Keep painting until you’ve filled the skeleton completely in and then allow to dry. Don’t forget the stem.

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Use your small brush and silver to paint over the gray. It gives it a nice little sheen. Cover and then allow to dry. Paint the stem too. You are so close to being done you can’t imagine. By the way, does this photo look like I’m painting in a basement?

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Coat your pumpkin with several layers of Sparkle Mod Podge, allowing to dry between coats. This should sparkle nicely on the black paint! Set aside and allow to dry.

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While you are waiting for the pumpkin to dry, take some of your leaves and glue onto the ends of pipe cleaners. You should use your hot glue gun; I’m A.D.D. so I grabbed the glue that was sitting right there.

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Once dry, wrap the pipe cleaners around your finger to make a curled vine effect.

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Using your hot glue gun, attach the pipe cleaner “vines” to the top of the pumpkin, then start attaching leaves. Glue leaves down until you feel your pumpkin has enough – basically to your heart’s content!

Yield: 1 pumpkin

Skeleton Pumpkin

Make a painted pumpkin with a skeleton design. This Halloween craft is SO easy - add Sparkle Mod Podge for a really festive touch!

Learn how to turn a plain faux pumpkin into a spooky Halloween skull pumpkin! It's very easy to do, and perfect for your holiday decor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $8

Materials

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Skeleton clip art printed out to fit the pumpkin – I got mine from Microsoft Clip Art
  • FolkArt Paint – Licorice, Dove Gray, Metallic Silver Sterling
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Purple craft leaves
  • Pipe Cleaners, black
  • White transfer paper and stylus
  • Stencil tape

Tools

  • Paintbrushes in two sizes – small and large
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

  1. Paint the craft pumpkin with Licorice (unless you got a black craft pumpkin).
  2. Transfer the image to the pumpkin using white transfer paper.
  3. Use the small brush to paint in the skeleton design with gray paint. Follow the transfer paper lines as closely as you can. Keep painting until you’ve filled the skeleton in and allow to dry. Don’t forget the stem.
  4. Use the small brush and silver to paint over the gray. Cover and then allow to dry. Paint the stem too.
  5. Coat the pumpkin with several layers of Sparkle Mod Podge, allowing to dry between coats. Set aside and allow to dry.
  6. While you are waiting for the pumpkin to dry, take some of the leaves and glue onto the ends of pipe cleaners.
  7. Once dry, wrap the pipe cleaners around a finger to make a curled vine effect.
  8. Using the hot glue gun, attach the pipe cleaner “vines” to the top of the pumpkin, then start attaching leaves.
  9. Let the glue cool completely before displaying.

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Let the glue cool before placing out, and then enjoy your spooky decoration. If you would like to set outside, make sure to spray with a waterproof enamel sealer.

Make a painted pumpkin with a skeleton design. This Halloween craft is SO easy - add Sparkle Mod Podge for a really festive touch!

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beth

Tuesday 30th of October 2012

Where do I find transfer paper at

Amy

Tuesday 30th of October 2012

Hi Beth! Any craft store has it - I believe over in the art supplies section.

Jen

Friday 26th of October 2012

Love the colours, a perfect decoration for a stylish Halloween party!

Eric Tanisha Chaney

Friday 28th of September 2012

This is too cute..

Noreen

Thursday 16th of August 2012

I love this! The sparkle keeps it from being too black and white. I came over from Somewhat Simple today.

Maysem

Thursday 16th of August 2012

I agree with everyone, it's never too early for Halloween projects. I've been thinking of I want to do this year... first on the list is my daughter's costume! Can't wait to get started on that!! I am so loving your pumpkin... it's giving me some ideas;) I'm ashamed to say I didn't know there was Sparkle Mod Podge... oh boy, I'm so excited to run out to my craft store and get a bottle. Ideas, ideas thanks to you!!

BTW I'm stopping by from Somewhat Simple. :)

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