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Bring your favorite gaming characters to life this Halloween with these cute painted Pokemon Pumpkins with Pikachu and Pokeball designs – quick, easy, and TONS of fun!

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My boys are WAY into the Pokemon craze that is sweeping the nation (and beyond!), so this year I decided to create Halloween pumpkins of their favorites – Pikachu and a Pokeball! These painted Pokemon pumpkins are super fun to make, and they’re also really easy – a great alternative to traditional carved pumpkins with far less mess, too!

supplies for making pokemon painted pumpkins

How to Make Pokemon Pumpkins:

To make our painted Pokemon pumpkins, I started with a 10″ round white Funkin (faux pumpkin) for the Pokeball and a 14″ oblong white Funkin for Pikachu. For the Pokeball, I traced several small dishes to create the center rings, and drew a horizontal line to divide the pumpkin in half.

white pumpkin painted with the top half red like a pokeball

I used red acrylic craft paint to paint the top half of the pumpkin, and then used black acrylic paint to paint the center rings. For the center horizontal line, I used black electrical tape to get a nice crisp and clean line.

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I gave the entire pumpkin a coat of clear glossy sealer, and it was finished – easy peasy!

supplies for making pikachu painted pumpkin

For Pikachu, I started by spray painting the pumpkin with a base coat of Sun Yellow paint. To make the ears, I glued a sheet of yellow cardstock onto a scrap of cardboard, and cut out two ear pieces.

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I painted the tips of the ears with black paint, and then attached them to the pumpkin with my favorite Elmer’s hot glue gun. I created the tail and attached it to the pumpkin in the same way that the ears were made.

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I used circular scraps of felt and vinyl for Pikachu’s eyes and cheeks. The nose and mouth were painted with acrylic craft paint. It was a bit difficult to paint perfect lines over the bumpy surface of the pumpkin, and I was super worried that I was going to totally mess up the mouth if I attempted to give Pikachu a big smiley face, but my boys were insistent that I give it a try!

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I mixed a bit of the black and red to create two different shades of red for the mouth. I painted the top section of the smile with the darker color and then finished the bottom portion with a bright red to match the cheeks.

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Ta da! A happy smiley Pikachu and a Pokeball to catch ’em all!

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The boys LOVE their painted Pokemon pumpkins, and they think I’m the coolest mom on the block for making them!

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