Project: Charlie Brown Pumpkins

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Let’s be honest: the best thing about October is Charlie Brown. And by Charlie Brown I actually mean “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” which I watch religiously come October 1st. So, in honor of Charlie and his zigzag tee, I decided to make these zigzag decorated pumpkins that shall henceforth be known as the “Charlie Brown pumpkin.”

Allow me to preface this by saying I’m really not all that crafty so when I say these are easy, I mean, In the spirit of full disclosure you should know that, though I don’t have a full craft closet, I have a thing for paint pens. (Ok, it’s actually a thing for all sorts of good-quality pens —  likely from spending too much time shopping the Sanrio store growing up — but for today it’s paint pens.)

You might remember that a few months back I realized that nail art was my key to fighting writer’s block. Well, it turns out paint pens and pumpkins work for that too. That means that as long as pumpkins are in season, these little guys are my new form of procrastination that leads to inspiration. But even if you’re not procrastinating, this is still a super simple project worth a few minutes of your time (because, seriously, it’ll only take 15 minutes or so).

So, you on board? Well, then, let’s do this!

DIY Charlie Brown Pumpkins from First off grab a few mini pumpkins or those odd-looking gourds they sell this time of year (even pomegranates if you want to switch it up for a Christmas or New Years party)…

DIY Charlie Brown Pumpkins from Also, you’re going to need a few paint pens (I used Sharpie paint and DecoColor) in a couple of shades — I chose copper, gold, and silver so they’re not too Halloween-y and I can (hopefully) keep these guys around through Thanksgiving.

DIY Charlie Brown Pumpkins from Now trace whatever design you want: for something super easy, check out these dots by Brittni of PapernStitch. For this Charlie Brown zigzag, I simply drew the outer edges of the zig then the zag (or whatever those outer edges are called) then filled it in and let it dry for a few minutes.

DIY Charlie Brown Pumpkins from Don’t forget to paint the stem so that it too gets to join in the party!

DIY Charlie Brown Pumpkins from Once the zigzag is dry, you might want outline it with another color (as I’ve done here). Since I was doing a whole family of these guys, I alternated which color I used for the zigzag and which for the outline so they all fit together but are still a bit unique.

And, that’s it! Now grab your favorite Halloween candy, proceed to the nearest TV and flip to pretty much any channel and watch some “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” just to really bring it full circle!

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