Last week, I went to the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate for Halloween. After procrastinating all of my homework by spending longer than I would like to admit on Pinterest, I finally decided on how I wanted to decorate my pumpkin. While I loved all of the pumpkins that showed off my favorite book characters, I opted to create a donut pumpkin instead! To make my pumpkin somewhat relate to my passion for books, I decided to use my dog as a model to resemble a book by one of my favorite children’s book authors: If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff! Here’s how I created my donut-inspired pumpkin:
First, I went to a local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin. After circling the patch for about thirty minutes, I picked the perfect pumpkin!
After finding the perfect pumpkin, I headed to Walmart to find supplies to decorate my pumpkin. I settled on four different paint colors from the brand Apple Barrel: Blue Cloudless, Pink Blush, Lite Mocha, and White. Each cost 50 cents, except for Pink Blush because it has a gloss finish. There were pink colors in the 50 cents range, but I opted for Pink Blush because it was the closest to the shade that I envisioned for my pumpkin. For paint brushes, I used painted brushes that I already owned.
After laying out newspaper on my living room table, I painted several layers of Lite Mocha on the bottom 2/3 of my pumpkin. I also painted a circle of Lite Mocha around the base of the stem and on the stem of the pumpkin. I started off by painting from side to side, but had more more successes painting up and down.
Next, I painted several coats of Pink Blush on the top third of the pumpkin. This paint was VERY sheer so it took many coats to get the perfect amount of coverage.
I finished my pumpkin by using a small brush to paint blue and white lines using Blue Cloudless and White.
After my pumpkin completely dried, I snapped a few pictures of the pumpkin with my dog and me!