Easiest pumpkins ever. (Even for kids!)
You may have seen my pumpkins over the past three years (studded, disco ball & couture) — I’m a big believer in the no-mess, no-carve method. This year I decided to try Flash Tattoos after having used them so quickly and easily on my easter eggs.
And you might think it’s self-explanatory, but there are actually a few tips I learned in the process to make less of a mess and get the best designs you can with your Flash Tattoos!
Step 1: What You Need
- Pumpkins, preferably each with an even number of “ribs”
- Small bowl of water
- Sponge brush
- Flash Tattoos (or similar), plus optional studded stickers
Step 2: Plan & Cut
I like the look of an alternating design, so I did a lot of cutting and planning before getting started. The trickiest part is figuring out how to cut the tattoos so you can cover every other rib with the same design. I even cut up some of the wider bands to get enough strips. Plan accordingly!
Step 3: Apply
On your skin, you might normally apply a Flash Tattoo with a wet cloth and press it for 30 seconds. I found this method to be much easier: press the piece against the pumpkin (it’s pretty sticky as it is) and keep wetting it with water from a sponge brush. The paper should just slide off. Alternate the design on each rib.
- Don’t forget to remove the plastic on the front of each piece (I forgot more than once!).
- Keep the other Flash Tattoos away from the water so you don’t accidentally wet them.
- After it’s applied, you can always scratch off bits and pieces, if you make a mistake or say, like in the above, you want to remove some of the tattoo to create a slightly different design (I removed some of the silver dots to make the gold line longer, for example).
Step 4: Go to town!
Play around with different designs and use those studded stickers to add some dimensionality to your pumpkins!
Lastly: this is really easy to do with kids. My daughter had a blast decorating her own pumpkins (like the elephant one above!).
Have fun and Happy Halloween!
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Photos & styling by Erika Brechtel