Donut Pumpkin DIY

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I’ve never been one for the guts and gore of Halloween, but hand me a pair of sequinned cat ears and a pumpkin disguised as a donut and I’m a happy camper! One of my favourite parts of this time of year is being able to create cute crafts incorporating fall elements. I decided to recreate this donut pumpkin DIY by Studio DIY because it’s just so darn cute!

For this project you’ll need a few small pumpkins, which are fairly easy to find at the grocery store at this time of year. I tried to select ones that were donut-esque in shape (flat and chubby).


Next you’ll need some acrylic paint a paint brushes in assorted sizes. I picked up everything in the photo below at the dollar store for under $15. Pick whatever colours your heart desires – I personally chose to stick with a pastel theme.


Now it’s time to get painting! As a pumpkin painting virgin, I learned a few things:

  1. Acrylic paint is great for crafts, especially if you’re painting a weird surface (it sticks easily), but beware – it stains. Make sure to lay down newspaper in the area you’re painting on, wear clothes that you won’t mind staining, and keep paper towel on hand.
  2. It’ll take a few layers to get the paint completely opaque – be patient and give each layer time to dry. Doing multiple thin coats produces the best results.
  3. The beauty of acrylic paint is that if you make a mistake, you can paint over it! Don’t fret if your donut isn’t picture perfect – you have as many tries as you like.
  4. A small, flat-tipped brush is great for painting on sprinkles.
  5. This was a fun little DIY to do for Halloween, especially for a non horror-lover like myself. This would also be a super fun activity to do with kids, and it’s easy to put a personal spin on it!

Check out my finished donut pumpkins:


They almost look good enough to eat – it’s a shame I’ll have to throw them out in a couple of weeks once the pumpkins go bad! For now, they’re the perfect fall decor addition.

Happy Halloween!


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