Easy painted Jack-o-lanterns: a simple but fun hallowe’en craft for kids.  I love easy art projects for toddlers and preschoolers and these painted pumpkins are about as easy as it can get.  A perfect little halloween craft that gets kids paint, cutting, gluing and creating!

We crafted up some jack-o-lanterns the other day.  They were really easy to make, and a lot of fun.  The inspiration came from Deep Space Sparkle.

I used a black marker to draw a large pumpkin shape on some white cardboard, and set out some orange paint.  See the paint in the baggie?   Put your paint in a sandwich bag and there’s no messy jar to wash.  Any leftover paint gets zipped up and kept for next time!  I borrowed that brilliant idea from Exploring the Outdoor Classroom (pop over to see more super tips for organizing your play space).

While the Hooligans were painting, I talked about trying to stay inside the lines, which can be challenging for young ones.  They did a great job.  I also encouraged them to try to cover all the white bits as the young ones tend to keep globbing the paint onto the center of their work.  I ended up cutting the pumpkins out, so painting inside the lines really wasn’t important, but it was a good exercise anyway.

While the paint dried, we worked on the faces.  I feel it’s important to let them do as much as possible on their own, but I had the feeling that asking them to cut out eyes, noses, and mouths, was a bit much to expect from them, so I asked them to draw the shapes on black paper with a light coloured crayon, and I cut them out, following their lines.  

Then I cut strips of white paper for them, and they used the scissors to chop those strips up into teeth.

Glue it all together, and…..Ta-da….

Aren’t they cute?!!


  1. says

    Those are oh-so-cute! I love the white teeth. Glad the baggies worked out ;-). One more trick…if you are pouring your paint into trays, line them with foil!

  2. says

    Thanks for this posting (and many others). My almost two year old LOVED making these and they are now taped up to the living room window, facing in so we can see them. He tells everyone who will listen that he made the pumpkin.

    • happyhooligans says

      That’s so sweet, Irmie! I’m glad he loved making them. So cute that he’s so proud of them. This was one of my favourites too!


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