Eyeball Painted Pumpkins DIY

Have you carved your pumpkins yet? Roasted pumpkin seeds yet? Carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds is definitely a tradition in our house, and in many other houses this time of year. This year, we took a little different take on decorating pumpkins. As you may have noticed from this post, at Club ChicaCircle we love paint untraditional things. Why not paint pumpkins? That’s exactly what we thought.

I had some leftover white house paint primer, and we coated our pumpkins with a white base coat. From there, each pumpkin was its own canvas to turn into a work of art. Because of the shape of the pumpkin, I couldn’t resist painting a big eyeball on mine, and my tween and her friend quickly wanted to copy the eyeball theme. I thought it would be great to show a quick DIY on how to easily paint an eyeball on a pumpkin (or anything else you choose).


This is what you will need:
First pick what color eye you would like.

  • You need a base eye color, a little darker color, white, black and red acrylic paint.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water and paper towels

Here’s what you do:

  1. Pencil in a large circle on white pumpkin
  2. Paint the circle in the base color
  3. With the same brush and before paint dries, dip end of brush in darker color. Dab along the bottom right edge of the colored circle. I don’t usually use paint strokes here, I use a stipple effect with my brush blending as I go.
  4. Next, dip the same brush into the white paint, and use the same technique in the upper left edge of the circle. This gives the eye the highlights.
  5. Now wash your brush in water, and wipe off with paper towel. With the black paint, paint in a smaller black circle for the pupil. With the end of your brush, dip into white paint and put a few dots int he lower right portion of the pupil and the lower portion of the iris to add more highlights.
  6. Now with a smaller brush, paint in thin wavy lines of red that start in the front and go to the back. Now you have the perfect blood-shot painted eyeball pumpkins!


I painted a Wicked-inspired witch pumpkins, and the girls wanted to go a little modern art with the extra paint we had. It got a little messy, but they loved splattering on paint all over the pumpkin.

And my tween also decided to include a tribute to Justin Bieber. While she hearts JB, I heart having fun painting with her! Hope you Halloween is truly inspired!

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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