These no-carve pumpkins pack a wallop day or night…but this wasn’t the project I had originally envisioned. I was planning on just creating stencils with my CAMEO and spray-painting over them to create a glowing image. That kind of pumpkin felt a little played-out to me and I also wanted a way for my pumpkins to be eye-catching during the day, so I decided to use the glow-in-the-dark paint on my background instead.
To quickly coat my pumpkins, I chose to use spray-paint instead of brushable (not a word) paint. You’ll want to use light-colored or white pumpkins for this technique because the paint will easily be visible on an orange or black background. Here I’m using the fake foam pumpkins from Michaels…I have seen others use real pumpkins with spray-paint, but I can’t confirm how well it works. I cut a circle stencil out of vinyl with my CAMEO to create a glowing moon for my smaller pumpkin and just sprayed the entire surface of the larger pumpkin.
While I left the pumpkins outside to dry, I cut this Trick or Treat design and this Witch and her Cat out of black vinyl. I then weeded the designs and smoothed transfer paper over the top with my scraper tool.
Since there are so many difficult bumps on my pumpkin, I started by pressing the design onto the surface starting at the center. Then I slowly smoothed the vinyl into each seam with my fingers while working my way outward. This technique allowed me to adhere the vinyl with only one or two “bubbles” that needed fixing later on.
After peeling away the transfer paper, I went back in and pressed any areas that hadn’t been perfectly adhered to the seams.
During the day, my finished pieces look just like the typical vinyl-covered pumpkins you see all over Pinterest.
But at night, these pumpkins still pack a punch! My plan was to cut the stem off of the larger pumpkin and stack them on my front step to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween, but I can’t seem to find it in myself to mess with them now!
Here is a detail shot of the larger pumpkin. The paint is a tiny bit lighter right around my vinyl design, so I may have worked the vinyl too much and rubbed a bit off. 🙂
I just love how the moon looks with the silhouette of the witch and cat! What do you think? Comments are always appreciated!