Decorate For The Holidays With Stenciled Pumpkins

Posted In: Living | Posted By: Brit

I wait all year for pumpkin season and am so excited it’s finally here. This year, I wanted to switch it up and decided to try my hand at stencil painting. And, being the Apple nerd I am, of course I had to dedicate my pumpkin to Steve.

Without counting the dry time of the paint (which was only about an hour), this took me a total of five minutes to complete. I was tempted to go back to the store to buy several more pumpkins to decorate because it was so easy!


  1.     Pumpkin of your choosing
  2.     Rust-Oleum Multi-Purpose Spray Paint, Primer ($7)
  3.     3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive ($12)
  4.     Printed design
  5.     Scotch tape


  1. Print and cut out a design of your choice. I used this Apple logo and scaled it to 55% of the size before printing, to better fit the face of my pumpkin. Play around with the size until it looks like a good fit on your pumpkin.
  2. Use the spray adhesive to coat the back of your design, and then bond to your pumpkin’s face. It’s okay if you have to wrinkle some parts of the design to mold to the roundness of the pumpkin, just try to get out as many as possible and make sure all edges are pressed down firmly so paint doesn’t soak through.
  3. If you want to leave your pumpkin stem in tact, use scotch tape or packing tape to cover.
  4. Lay down newspaper or put pumpkin on a surface that you don’t care about getting dirty. Then lightly coat the entire pumpkin with the primer spray. You can use any colored paint, I just thought that the white really fit the Apple brand. Be sure not to miss the bottom curve of the pumpkin when painting.
  5. Wait about 30 minutes or until paint is dry to the touch. Then remove your stencil and the scotch tape around the stem. (Yes, the beauty of this specific brand of adhesive is that it’s easy to remove.) The paint may take several hours to “completely” dry, so be a bit careful with over-handling.

That’s it! So easy, right? I think Steve would have approved.

I would love to see what you come up with. Shoot me photos of any pumpkin projects you complete: . Have fun!

TAGS: Living, Made, Apple

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