Create Halloween pumpkin art with the easy watercolor painting technique known as salt painting. Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and kids of all ages will enjoy the fun technique used to create this raised salt art pumpkin craft.
This Halloween pumpkin art salt painting, with or without a Jack o’ lantern face, is an easy Halloween art project for kids. Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary-aged children can develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with the cool watercolor techniques used to create this raised salt art Halloween pumpkin craft.
Younger children may need assistance creating Halloween pumpkin art, while older children and teens can complete pumpkin arts and crafts, such as this salt art pumpkin craft, from start to finish on their own.
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Halloween Pumpkin Art Project for Kids
Get into the spirit of Halloween with this Halloween pumpkin art project for kids! Salt painting is an easy watercolor painting technique that kids will LOVE!
You can complete this Halloween pumpkin art project for kids using liquid watercolors and pipettes or paintbrushes, or you can use a solid watercolor pallet with a cup of water and a paintbrush.
Both options are great for helping children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. See the directions below for more information.
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Pumpkin Art Salt Painting Craft Materials
- Black cardstock (construction paper can be used, but is a bit too thin to handle the weight of this project)
- White pencil
- White glue
- Liquid watercolors, Stockmar paints or solid watercolor pallet
- Paintbrush or pipette
Halloween Pumpkin Art Project Video Tutorial
My daughter made her Halloween pumpkin art on our DIY outdoor art table and mud kitchen. Click on the link to learn how to make your own!
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Halloween Pumpkin Salt Art Step by Step Craft Directions
As mentioned above, there are a few different ways to create this Halloween art project. Please read through these pumpkin art directions before starting your pumpkin craft.
For more tips about salt painting, have a look at any of the salt art projects that use the same watercolor painting techniques listed below.
Step 1 – Draw Halloween pumpkin art onto black cardstock using a white colored pencil.
Invite children to draw a pumpkin with or without a Jack o’ lantern face. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners may need a teacher or caregiver to help them with this step, while older children should be encouraged to draw pumpkin art on their own.
How to Draw a Pumpkin
It’s pretty easy to draw a pumpkin and it doesn’t need to be perfect. Simply copy the pumpkin art template pictured below. Creating a Halloween Jack o’ lantern face on the pumpkin art is optional.
Step 2 – Trace the outline of pumpkin art with white glue
Use white glue to trace to outline of the pumpkin art.
If you have a Jack o’ lantern face in the middle, either trace the outline of the Halloween pumpkin face or fill in the eyes and mouth with white glue in the same way that we did. Young children may need help with this step.
Do not wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Please Note: The colors will bleed into each other if the glue and salt lines touch. Keep the lines of glue and salt for the face and stem separate from the pumpkin art if you do not want the colors to run.
Step 3 – Sprinkle salt over the pumpkin art glue lines
Sprinkle salt on top of the pumpkin art so that it completely covers the white glue.
Do not wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 4 – Shake off the excess salt on the Halloween pumpkin art
Immediately after you cover the glue with salt, shake off the excess. Do not wait for the glue to dry before covering it with salt, and do not wait for the glue and salt lines to dry before painting them.
Step 5 – Paint the Halloween pumpkin art with watercolors
If you are using a watercolor pallet instead of liquid watercolor paints, apply the paint with a paintbrush or a water coloring brush pen. Don’t forget that you will need a cup of water if you choose to use a paintbrush.
Begin by painting the outline of the pumpkin art before moving on to the Jack o’ lantern face (if any). This will decrease the probability that the orange watercolor paint will run into the yellow eyes of the Halloween pumpkin as the child paints.
In the photo above you can see that we waited to trace the Jack o’ lantern face and stem with glue and salt after we painted the pumpkin. This can help young children focus on one step at a time.
Remember, the colors will bleed into each other if the lines of the pumpkin art touch. Keep the lines for the face and stem separate from the lines of the pumpkin if you do not want the colors to run.
Apply green paint carefully if you do not want it to run into the orange lines of the pumpkin.
You can see that the orange and green combined a bit in the Halloween salt painting pictured below. The top of the pumpkin looks a little black where the orange and green watercolor paint combined.
Also notice, that the orange and yellow stayed separate because the glue and salt lines did not touch. This is also due to the face that we invited the toddler to paint the outline of the pumpkin craft with orange first.
Best Halloween Pumpkin Art Idea
Creating Halloween pumpkin art salt painting is an easy art project for kids that only takes minutes to set up. Kids of all ages will enjoy the easy craft technique used to create this raised salt watercolor craft. Try it today!
More Salt Painting Art Projects for Kids
For more salt painting ideas that use the same watercolor painting techniques–check out these other fun salt art projects for kids:
More Halloween Ideas for Kids
For more Halloween fun check out our glowing pumpkin and glowing ghost calm down sensory bottles. They each make a great calm down DIY Halloween toy and decoration that are perfect for kids that get a little anxious and overwhelmed with all of the friendly frights found on Halloween night.
You may also like this awesome collection of Halloween Art Projects Kids LOVE! It’s filled with lots of fun Halloween art projects that you can try with the kids at home or in the classroom.
And, don’t forget to check out our fall bucket list filled with fun fall activities for kids for the best autumn ever!
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