Add some flare to dollar store craft pumpkins with our easy painted pumpkins tutorial using acrylic paint and Halloween stickers you cut with your Cricut!
I can’t believe that Halloween is so close! October has slipped away from me! I was recently perusing the seasonal aisle of my local dollar store and stumbled upon plastic pumpkins! My instagram feed has been filled with adorable painted pumpkins recently and I have a box full of speciality paints from Plaid that I’ve been wanting to dig into, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to paint some pumpkins!
I’ve had a few bottles of Dragonfly Glaze for awhile now that I’ve been looking for the perfect project for. I am heart eyes for all things holographic right now and these pumpkins seemed like the perfect project to test it on!
I added vinyl stickers on top of my painted pumpkins that I cut out using my Cricut Explore Air 2.
I did three themes of pumpkins:
-Cats and bats
-Spooky cute monsters.
Read on for all the details of how I made these easy painted pumpkins including the cut files that you can cut using your Cricut!
Easy Painted Pumpkins 3 Ways Using Your Cricut
-A palette or paper plate
–Cricut Vinyl (I used Holographic Sparkle Vinyl and regular Holographic Vinyl. The Holographic Sparkle was so pretty but I found that it didn’t like sticking to the glaze. The regular Holographic Vinyl stuck great!)
Step 1: Paint your pumpkins with your favorite cover of acrylic paint. Let each coat dry before adding the next coat. I applied 3-4 coats of paint on each of my pumpkins to get the finish I desired.
Step 2: Apply a layer of Dragonfly Glaze to your pumpkins. Allow to dry and then add a second layer if desired. The Dragonfly Glaze is a glaze (not a paint) so it gives a sheen to the pumpkins with a slight color flip to them that you can see from different angles.
Step 3: While your pumpkins are drying, log into Cricut Design Space and then open My Pumpkin Cut File.
Step 4: Lay vinyl on cutting mat with the color side facing up. Load cutting mat into machine and cut your vinyl.
Step 5: Weed away the vinyl surrounding your designs leaving just your designs left on the white paper backing.
Step 6: Transfer your vinyl designs to your pumpkins using either transfer tape or your fingers. I used transfer tape for my mummies but used my fingers to transfer the other designs.
Voila! You’ve got three awesome pumpkins to decorate your house or front porch with!