Making a Halloween pumpkin salt painting is an easy art project for kids that takes minutes to set up. Toddlers preschoolers, kindergarteners, and kids of all ages will enjoy the salt painting technique used to create this raised watercolor decoration. Younger children will need assistance creating their Jack o’ Lantern pumpkin art, while older children will be able to complete this Halloween pumpkin art project 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 a watercolor painting technique that kids LOVE!
You can complete this Halloween pumpkin art project for kids using liquid watercolors and pipettes or paint brushes, or you can use a solid watercolor pallet with a cup of water and a paintbrush. Both options are great for fine motor practice and hand-eye coordination. See the directions below for more information.
Halloween Pumpkin Salt Painting Materials
- Black cardstock (construction paper can be used, but is a bit too thin to handle the weight of this project)
- White colored pencil
- White glue
- Liquid watercolors or solid watercolor pallet
- Paint brush 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 Art Step by Step Directions
As mentioned above, there are a few different ways to create this Halloween art project. Please read through these directions before starting your pumpkin craft. For more tips and pictures about this process be sure you check out our harvest pumpkin watercolor art.
Step 1 – Draw a Halloween pumpkin on black cardstock using a white colored pencil.
You can do this for your child like I did or have them give it a go on their own. Don’t worry I thought I couldn’t do it either, and mine turned out okay. It doesn’t need to be perfect. You will be covering the lines with white glue next.
Step 2 – Trace the outline of the Halloween pumpkin drawing with white glue and cover with salt.
Younger children may need help with this step.
Please Note: The colors will bleed into each other if the glue and salt lines touch. Keep them separate if you do not want the colors to run. Work with orange first so the orange does not bleed into the yellow. It does not matter much if the yellow bleeds into the orange. It will still appear orange.
Step 3 – Shake off the excess salt on the Halloween pumpkin art and use a pipette or paintbrush to apply watercolor paint to the salt that is now stuck to the lines of glue.
Do not wait for the glue to dry. Add watercolor to the salt using a pipette like my daughter below, or a paintbrush. Liquid watercolors can be applied with either a pipette or a paintbrush.
If you are using a watercolor pallet you will need to apply the paint with a paint brush. Don’t forget that you will need a cup of water if you choose this option.
Step 4 – Cover the jack o’ lantern face with white glue and cover with salt.
Either trace the outline of the Halloween pumpkin face or fill in the whole area with white glue like we did. Sprinkle salt on top to cover the white glue.
Step 5 – Shake off the excess salt and paint the Halloween pumpkin face.
Step 6 – Trace the stem of the Halloween pumpkin with white glue and cover with salt.
Make sure the glue lines do not touch or the color will bleed when you paint it.
Step 7 – shake off the excess salt and then paint the stem of the Halloween pumpkin.
Apply green paint carefully if you do not want it to run into the orange lines of the pumpkin.
You can see how the orange and green combined a bit in our Halloween pumpkin salt painting in the photo below. The top of our pumpkin looks a little black. Also notice, how the orange and yellow stayed separate because the lines did not touch, and we used orange first.
Halloween Pumpkin Art Idea
Another way to create this pumpkin art is to outline the entire pumpkin with glue and sprinkle with salt in one go instead of working in the stages described above.
Creating a salt paint Halloween pumpkin is an easy art project for kids that only takes minutes to set up. Kids of all ages will enjoy the craft technique used to create this raised watercolor decoration. Try it today!
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For more Halloween fun check out our Glowing Pumpkin and Glowing Ghost Calm Down Sensory Bottles. They make great calm down lanterns and decorations for Halloween night and are perfect for kids that get a little anxious about Halloween and all of its friendly frights.
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Nell is an artist, athlete, wife, mother, psychologist, educator, and coach. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, making this world a greener place to live, and getting outside in all seasons!