Craft Your Way to the Perfect Teal Pumpkin: DIY Tutorial

When you’re out trick-or-treating and see a pumpkin painted teal, that’s the signal that the home is providing non-food treats. This simple act shows that you support kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option.

In 2014, thousands of families broke out their paintbrushes and joined the Teal Pumpkin Project to help create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. You can join the movement by pledging to participate and then making your very own teal pumpkin!

painted teal pumpkin

Painting a pumpkin is a simple craft that anyone can do - even young children. The materials are inexpensive and if you choose to use an artificial pumpkin, then you can reuse it year after year! Getting together as a family to paint your teal pumpkins is also an opportune time to have a conversation about food allergies and what the Teal Pumpkin Project™ means to you.

You can make painting a pumpkin extra special by hosting a party to paint with your family and friends. This is also a great way to support FARE and the Teal Pumpkin Project(R) - turn the party into a fundraising event!

By the way, painting a pumpkin isn’t a requirement to participate. You can always print a free sign from FARE’s website with a teal pumpkin icon on it and post that outside your home instead.

If you want to make a pumpkin that looks like the official FARE Teal Pumpkin Project(R) logo, here is an easy tutorial.

Teal Pumpkin face stencil

What You’ll Need

  • Pumpkin (real, ceramic, plastic, etc.)
  • Paintbrush
  • FARE Teal Pumpkin Project stencil pattern
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint in teal and light teal
  • For brown stem: brown acrylic paint
  • For glitter stem: clean brush, glue/sealant and glitter

teal pumpkin paint diy


  1. Paint pumpkin with teal acrylic paint or spray paint. Avoid watercolor paints as they do not adhere well to pumpkins. Avoid milk-based paints if you are managing a milk allergy.
  2. Allow to dry
  3. Cut out FARE’s pumpkin face stencil. Trace the eyes, nose and mouth onto your pumpkin with a pen/pencil
  4. Paint inside your outline with light teal paint
  5. Allow paint on face to dry
  6. If using a real pumpkin, you can leave the stem natural. If using an artificial pumpkin, you can paint the stem brown or continue the steps below to create a glitter stem.
  7. For glitter stem: paint stem with a glue/sealant finish
  8. Apply glitter on top of finish and shake off excess

Have fun, don’t be afraid to get creative, and be sure to show us your handiwork!

Use #tealpumpkinproject to share your pumpkin online, and be sure to tag FARE @FoodAllergy on Instagram and Twitter so we can admire your DIY!

Happy crafting!