DIY: No-carve Typography Pumpkins




Introduction: DIY: No-carve Typography Pumpkins

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Beautiful typography pumpkins without any carving!  Use chalk, spray paint and your favorite typefaces.

Step 1:

What you'll need:
  • Chalkboard and gold spray paint
  • Painter's masking tape
  • Newspaper or cardboard
  • Pumpkins
  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Black Sharpie
  • Typefaces! We used Lust Script by Neil Summerour & Blakely by Mark Simonson.

Step 2:

Using your masking tape, tape off any part of the pumpkin you don't want painted. It could be the stem, or you can create designs like stripes or polka dots, or paint only half of the pumpkin.

Next, place your pumpkins on a piece of cardboard or newspaper outside and begin spraying. Make sure you spray at least 10 inches away so you get a nice, even coat. You’ll only need to do one coat of paint.

Step 3:

Choose a beautiful typeface to design what you want to put on your pumpkin and then print it out at 100%. Place the sheet on the pumpkin and, using a pen, trace around each letter. When you lift up the sheet, there should be a clear indent in the pumpkin of where you need to chalk.

Note: If you’re drawing with a Sharpie on an orange pumpkin, you can use contact paper behind your design to create a clear transfer.

Step 4:

Wait 30 minutes before removing any masking tape, then peel off gently. Next, use your chalk to begin to fill in the outlines.

If you make a mistake, just use a wet towel or Q-tip to erase it and start again.

Step 5:

You can also use a black Sharpie to draw your design. We created this half-painted gold pumpkin and drew a house number.

Step 6:

And you’re done! Beautiful pumpkins without any carving.

We would love to see finished your typography pumpkins too!  Comment here or share on our Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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    7 years ago

    The coolest idea ever, I'm so making these this weekend.


    7 years ago

    Awesome! For those of you (me) who can't afford to buy a typeface, there's always (no affiliation).


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Can you see the text, when it is dark and with candlelights in it?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    great question - the candle would not go into the pumpkin as there is no carving. visibility of the text would depend on the positioning of the candle, relative to the pumpkin. there is glow in the dark chalk available, which could be a great way to highlight the text!


    9 years ago

    Looks great!