How To Make Your Halloween Pumpkin Look Like a Pizza

published Oct 28, 2015
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(Image credit: Liz Apple)

Carving a pumpkin requires time, a little arm muscle, a sharp knife, and lots of newspaper to collect all that pumpkin goo. Not feeling it this year? This is the project for you. Turn your Halloween pumpkin into the best food on the planet: pizza! All of the cheesy feelings, none of the pumpkin slime.

(Image credit: Liz Apple)

In the last couple years, painted pumpkins have become a thing. A quick scroll through Pinterest shows fancy pumpkins, neon pumpkins, or pumpkins decorated like your favorite Disney princess character. So this year my talented friend Liz Apple came up with the easiest painted pumpkin project, and it just so happens to be my favorite food ever: pizza with all the toppings!

Go the traditional route: How To Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween

Gather Your Supplies

It’s best to get a pumpkin with a long stem because it’s easier to hold while you paint. You can pick up the other supplies at any craft store around the country. I especially love the sparkly red paper Liz used for the pepperoni; it makes the whole project more party-worthy.

After you’ve gathered your supplies, the process is super simple: Paint your pumpkin yellow on top (for the cheese) and red on the bottom (for the sauce) and let it dry. Cut out your favorite pizza toppings (Liz did mushrooms, pepperoni, and peppers) and apply them directly to the pumpkin with an adhesive (Liz used double-sided tape).

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Grab your supplies! You need: A pumpkin, yellow and red paint, assorted papers, brushes, and double stick tape. (Image credit: Liz Apple )

How To Make a Pizza Painted Pumpkin

What You Need

1 pumpkin (try to get one with a long stem) Yellow and red acrylic paint Assorted papers (we used sparkly red, green, gray, and pale yellow) Double-stick tape or other adhesive

Paint brushes


Paint your pumpkin. Use yellow paint to paint the cheese. Follow with red paint for the sauce. Let dry.

2. Make your toppings. Cut out your favorite pizza toppings using paper and apply with double stick tape.

See More of Liz Apple’s Art Online

For more fun project ideas and illustrations, check out Liz Apple’s personal website. You can also follow her on Instagram and Tumblr.