The fact that the word pumpkin has a practically BUILT IN pun in it occurred to me this year and we just HAD to make some DIY pun-kins. PUNKINS! Oh man, it’s like all my dreams came true. We mustered up our best Halloween puns and slapped ’em on a pumpkin using… tattoo paper! SO easy for those of us (hand raised!) who have less than stellar handwriting. Let’s make some!
Pun Printables (Click HERE to download!)
Damp Towel or Paper Towel
psst… For those of you with great handwriting, you could just write the phrases on with a paint marker!
1. Paint your pumpkins whatever color you’d like! I recommend doing a white “primer” layer first and then adding the color.
2. Download and print the puns (which are mirrored on purpose!) onto tattoo paper according to package instructions (all tattoo paper is different).
3. You’ll follow all the same directions to apply the tattoo to the pumpkin, just as if you were applying it to your skin! For ours, once the ink dried, we had to press the clear adhesive sheet on top of the printable and then I cut each pun out separetly.
4. Have a wet rag/paper towel ready but DO NOT get the tattoo wet until it’s on the pumpkin. Peel the clear sheet off, leaving the adhesive behind and place the tattoo where desired and rub with the wet cloth for 10-15 seconds. Carefully peel the paper off, leaving your tattoo behind! For the larger puns or if you’re pumpkin is super round, you can work in sections or cut the words of the tattoo apart and do one at a time.
Photos by Jeff Mindell
We also found a whole bunch of hilarious pun shirts to go with our pumpkins, so if you’re into that matching thing (and how could you NOT be)…
Have a fave Halloween pun? LET’S HEAR IT!
p.s. Donut pumpkins!
Ooo I just love LOVE this idea!! Crafty Pumpkins are so in this year!
I’m going to a Halloween party on Saturday night! I’ll have to share this idea with the hostess! =)
Melanie | Toots & Dill
Kristina B says
I have just died. These are HYSTERICAL. I think I love “creep it real” the best. A plus plus plus plus plus plus plus
Ha ha ha, the witch one!!! Just tweeted, facebooked and gplus it! Tattoos for pumpkins are rad! I used tattoos to make colorful floral pumpkins, thought I would share it with ya!
These are so great! Love ’em.
YAS! Okay ‘witch better have my candy’…I’m sold. These are genius!
Monique | WritingMonique says
Ah! I really like this idea! So cute!
Unique idea… After all, who says Halloween has to be scary… A good laugh hasn’t hurt anyone!
A moment of appreciation for that fantastic blog title, aha. Gotta love puns! x
Vanessa @ Little Gold Pixel says
Love this x infinity.
Booo I can’t find paint that would work. Any suggestions?
Sharon Garofalow says
This might just be my favorite project you’ve ever done! So cute!
Oh my gourd, these are hilarious! 😉
Krystal Devine says
wanted to know where you got your pumpkins????
Hi! I was wondering what types/colors (brands?) of paints you used on the pumpkins? Especially the large orange pumpkin that says ‘trick or treat yo self,’ it’s so pretty!
Just wanted to let you know that I’ve featured two of your pumpkin DIYs in my Halloween no-carve pumpkin inspiration round-up over on Shelley Makes. They look awesome!
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much!
Kelly M Diaz says
These are so cute! Can I use this technique on un-painted/natural pumpkins (and gourds) as well? Thanks! xx
Wow cool site and design ideas. I will definitely have to try this out for Halloween.
I love pastel baby colors so would paint anything with them, but never thought of pumpkins! Crazy cool idea for next fall season! Thanks!
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