Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial: Watercolor Pumpkin

Lynda LaugavitzCrafts, DIY Projects, Row 1, Thanksgiving

Let’s Craft the Holidays!

We have a series of quick Make & Take projects planned for you & your family to get in the spirit of the holidays. Our first project will share a seasonal sentiment or pumpkin pun with your Thanksgiving guests. 

Use Inktense watercolor pencils to paint a fall pumpkin, then layer it onto a sentimental or punny Thanksgiving saying. It’s amazing to watch the colors pop to life when you add just a smidge of water!

Supplies (makes 4)

  • Free Download – Watercolor Pumpkin Printables
  • White cardstock
  • Brown cardstock
  • decorative cardstock – cut to 4″ x 6″ pieces
  • Inktense watercolor pencils: shades of orange, green, yellow and brown
  • ink pad (optional)
  • ribbon – 18″ per project
  • pop dots – 5 per project
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • water container
  • paper towel
  • tag board or mat board – cut to 4″ x 6″ pieces


  1. Print free downloads. Trim saying to 4″ x 4″ and cut pumpkins after painting.
  2. Use Inktense Watercolor Pencils to lightly color a pumpkin. Cut out pumpkin leaving a small white edge.
  3. Dip paintbrush in water. Tap off excess water on paper towel. Blend colors together, rinsing brush off and tapping off excess water between each section of the pumpkin. Let dry.
  4. Glue decorative paper to a piece of cardboard.
  5. Choose a pumpkin saying. Glue on top of decorative paper.
  6. Put 5 pop dot pieces on back of pumpkin.
  7. Remove paper from pop dots, stick pumpkin in place between words.
  8. Run an ink pad along the edges if desired.
  9. Tie a bow on the bottom section with ribbon.
watercolor pumpkin project sayings

Which saying will you use?