These go down as the best pumpkins our family has produced in the history of EVER. These spray paint minion pumpkins were so easy, so much fun, and made us smile every time we walked up the front steps.
Step by step instructions to make your own Minion Pumpkins included below.
Spray Paint Pumpkin Supplies
Want to make your own Minion pumpkin? Here's a list of the supplies you'll need:
- Pumpkins (think of all of the different shapes a minion can be!)
- Spray paint primer
- Spray paint (yellow, blue, purple, black)
- Mason jar lids
- Sharpie markers
- Black pipe cleaners
- White cardstock
- Painters tape
- Masking film
- Sawhorse (not required but really helpful)
Best Pumpkin Spray Painting Tips
- Prime your pumpkin! This helps the paint go on extra thick.
- Tape off edges with painters tape and masking for clean lines and to prevent mistakes.
- Let them dry all the way! It can be hard with kids, but just be patient, making sure each layer of paint is completely dry before moving on to the next step will keep your colors from smearing and bleeding over.
- Use extra materials! You don't have to spray paint every detail. Notice with these minions that we used pins to apply extra details with construction paper, jar lids, googley eyes, and pipe cleaners! What else can you use that's lying around the house? Funny hats, a feather boa, a crown, a Hawaiian lay?
How to Paint a Minion Pumpkin
Set up your spray zone. We used sawhorses in our backyard so that the pumpkins were off the ground and easy to spray completely.
Spray your pumpkins with primer and let pumpkins dry (they dry quickly). I made fun of my husband for making us prime the pumpkins. I usually question his over the top detail, but in the end, it always pays off.
Spray paint your pumpkins! Lay it on thick and let them dry.
You may want to do multiple coats based on the color. Remember to let each layer dry completely.
Wrap your pumpkins in masking film and painters tape to spray on your minion’s overalls. Note the half-circle of cardstock that we pinned to the pumpkins on the sides before applying the 2nd color. This was to provide the illusion of armholes for the overalls. (take a look at the finished pictures to get a better idea of what yours should look like. Note the yellow or purple openings inside of the blue overalls)
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After your pumpkins are completely dry it’s time to add the finishing touches! How do you paint a minion face?
- Eyes: People are always asking how to make the eyes for minion pumpkins. It’s easy! Use two mason jar lids to form the eyes. Use the inside disc of the lid to trace and cut out the white cardstock insert for the eyes. We used brown markers for the iris with a black pupil. Leave a little white dot in the eyes to add some expression. We used a black magic marker to draw the black band around the goggles to connect everything. To attach the eyes to the pumpkins: We cut down toothpicks to the desired size and super glued them to the back of the mason jar lids so they would stick into the pumpkins.
- Hair: We cut black pipe cleaners in various sizes to create the different hairstyles for our minions. The pipe cleaners stick right into the pumpkins and hold well. Our favorite is the purple minion’s crazy hair!
- Teeth: Cut out small pieces of white card stock to make the teeth that are perfect for your minion. Use sewing pins to hold the teeth in place. Don’t want to hassle with teeth? Just use your magic marker to draw their smile!
- Overalls: Push two rivets (my husband calls them brass grommets) into the corners of your Minion’s overalls. You can grab rivets from the sewing store. Draw the Gru symbol on the outside of the overalls with a black magic marker or sharpie.
Voila! Banana! Your Minion Pumpkins Are Ready to Display
Place your pumpkins on your porch and get out there and steal the moooon!
If you've got a little extra DIY spirit left inside, go ahead and make some Chocolate Dipped Minion cookies to celebrate! (Think Nutter Butter bodies with adorable chocolate coating. Your family will love them!)
Questions About Painting Your Minion Pumpkin? We've Got Answers!
Here are a few of the questions we get the most:
How long does it take for spray paint to dry on a pumpkin?
Anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour.
We live in a very dry climate and it's still pretty warm here in Utah in October. Our pumpkins dried quickly, more on the 15 minutes or less side of things.
Your pumpkin should feel completely dry to the touch.
How long will a painted pumpkin last?
A fresh, uncarved pumpkin typically lasts 2-3 months.
Painted pumpkins actually last a little longer than unpainted pumpkins! The paint acts as a seal and helps keep the moisture in. Pumpkins shrivel as they begin to lose moisture.
We painted our minion pumpkins the first week of October and didn't take them down until Thanksgiving. We couldn't bear to part with them. They still looked amazing!
More Questions About Spray Painting Pumpkins?
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