Zentangle Easy Pumpkin Decorating

Remember zentangles? The really easy drawing technique that really takes doodling and patterning to a new level. I can’t stop “zentangling” since I tried on these coasters.

Fall is here, and October is right around the corner. Time to start decorating pumpkins. I love to decorate them early, but I don’t like to carve them this early. Every week until Halloween I’m going to show you a new fun way to decorate your pumpkins – without carving. Today is zentangle pumpkin decorating.

For a refresher course on what a zentangle is – it is simply dividing your drawing surface into random sections, and then doodling simple patterns in each section.

To do this on a pumpkin, I used a large tipped black Sharpie marker and a medium tipped one. I divided my pumpkin into random section with the thick permanent marker first. Then in each section I doodled in different patterns ranging from stripes to polka-dots to squiggles and anything in between. There is no wrong way to do this. That’s what makes this a perfect pumpkin decorating idea for any age.

zentangle easy pumpkin decorating tutorial

After I filled my pumpkin with zentangle patterns, I finished by painting the pumpkin stalk black for extra detail. I used Americana Multi-surface Satin paint in the black tie.


Zentangle Pumpkin Decorating Idea

Here a couple other non-carving pumpkin decorating suggestions to inspire:

Duct tape decorated pumpkins

Eyeball painted pumpkins



Happy Friday!


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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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