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Muddy Faces

Painted pumpkins

A fun hand-painted Halloween decoration, perfect to hang indoors or out.

Art & Creating


We used drilled wooden discs; you could also drill your own hole. Take a look at our drill a wooden disc activity to see how to do it.

* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one - often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • drilled wooden discs
  • acrylic pens
  • paint

This activity has been provided by

Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use


Prepare your orange paint (we mixed yellow and red) and brushes – we used weatherproof acrylic so they can be hung outdoors. You’ll also need a thin silver or light marker and slightly thicker black marker – weatherproof if going outside.

If you need to drill your own holes look at our drill a wooden disc activity.


painted pumpkins

Paint the whole disk orange – allow to dry.

Using a silver or light marker draw curved lines from top to bottom allow to dry.

Use a black marker to draw on the face – use triangle shapes to make it look like its been carved out of the skin.

Take it further:

pumpkin chain
  • use as Halloween decorations or hang on strings with spiders & webs for spooky Halloween garlands.
  • use with painted spiders or webs to create a spooky game of tic-tac-toe.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

Key Features

  • Age Range 3+
  • Duration Less than an hour
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Autumn
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Art & Creating
    wooden discs


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