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Polka Dot Pumpkins

Three yellow and orange polka dot painted pumpkins and fake plant
Three painted polka dot pumpkins.

This Yayoi Kusama inspired project is probably one of my favorite Halloween crafts. If you know me at all, you know I’m a fan of polka dots. Since I don’t like carving pumpkins and much prefer painting them, this project came about pretty organically. I didn’t originally intend to mimic Ms. Kusama’s work but it was inevitable with both our loves for polka dots :)

Materials List

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Step 1

Unpainted white pumpkins and paint palette

First, prep time! Place scrap paper on working area. Next, wipe gourds with damp paper towels to remove any dirt and let dry. Place a small dab of acrylic paint on your palette/plate - about the size of a dime. Acrylic paint tends to dry quickly so it’s best to use a little at a time.

Step 2

Paint each gourd with one layer of base color. You can paint it all one color, alternate your two main colors or do an ombre effect. It’s up to you! Wait for gourds to be completely dry.

Step 3

Designate one color per pencil. Dip the eraser lightly on the paint and place dots on your gourds. If it doesn’t show up clearly, don’t worry! Just let the layer dry and you can go over it with your paint brush to fix the dots.

Step 4

Yellow and orange polka dot painted pumpkin with 3 pencils resting top of it

Paint the gourd tops with your accent color for an extra pop of color. Voila!

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