We all love the brisk, cool weather of autumn. The days are filled with golden light and kids destroying your nice and neat pile of freshly raked leaves. You probably think there's no reason to stay indoors doing a pumpkin prints art project with the kids.
But sometimes the weather is just a bit too crisp, you know what I mean? On those days, it is handy to have an easy autumn activity to fall back on, especially if that activity is pumpkin related.
Let me introduce you to our absolute favorite fall art project: mini pumpkin prints.
Pumpkin stamping art is so simple and once you have it set up the kids need very little supervision. Unless, of course, they start printing on surfaces other than paper. Then you are on your own.
Pumpkin Printing Materials
Mini pumpkins, any color (you can save them afterwards to play gourd ball)
Paint. We recommend washable paint.
Paint trays. Disposable containers or lids work well
Paper. We recommend paper from a big paper roll like butcher paper, but any art paper will work.
Optional: carrots or other root vegetables
Optional: paint brushes
Mini Pumpkin Print Instructions
Slice each mini pumpkin in half. Slice some lengthwise and others widthwise, for variety. You can also leave some whole. Scoop out the seeds.
Squirt out paint onto trays. We used autumnal colors like orange, green and brown. Of course you could choose pink and purple sparkly paints if that's what your kids want. Why limit yourself?
Set out paper on work surface. I covered the entire table with paper from a large roll.
Press the mini pumpkin half into the paint trays, then stamp on paper to make a print. Repeat as desired!
The boys also decided to print with the whole pumpkins.
For variety, add in a few carrots with the tops sliced off. They make nice circle prints. For more fall art fun, try apple printing.
When we were done I ended up hanging the large sheet of now-decorated paper above the table on the wall. It makes some lovely seasonal artwork that adds a bit of autumn cheer to the apartment.
The printing might also inspire some more traditional pumpkin painting like this gem. Be sure to look closely at the moon.
Idea first published 2009, updated 2023.