How to Draw on a Pumpkin With Markers

Decorating pumpkins with markers can be so much fun. However, getting the black marker to stay on your pumpkins for Halloween can be tricky. 

Well, this post includes some of the factors to keep in mind with decorating pumpkins with markers to ensure that your design ideas can stay on pumpkin surfaces throughout the entire duration of Halloween.

Choosing Your Markers

Firstly, using the right type of permanent marker is important. A regular black marker will fade and smudge too quickly. 

Therefore, it’s best to use whiteboard permanent markers, such as Sharpie markers. This is because the ink will stick better to the pumpkins so that you and your kids can decorate them and bring your design ideas to life without the fear of them fading as you’re working. 

Preparation Steps To Decorate Pumpkins

An unwaxed pumpkin is best for allowing the washable markers to stay permanent. The layer of wax is there to improve the life of the pumpkin, but it’s a hindrance when it comes to decorating pumpkins with markers. 

Keep your pumpkins stored at room temperature until they’re ready to be decorated. This ensures that you minimize any condensation from the pumpkin that interferes with the ink from washable markers. 

It’s best to clean and dry the pumpkin before you start decorating it. This ensures that there’s nothing on the pumpkin that can prevent the ink from sticking to the surface. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface along with a separate cloth to dry it. 

It may also be a good idea to get your design ideas down on paper throughout October before the fun activity starts. This ensures that you know the kinds of creations that you want to add to your pumpkin. 

How To Remove Permanent Marker Ink From Pumpkins

If you find that you’ve made a mistake whilst decorating pumpkins, don’t panic. You can easily remove the permanent marker ink and start over. 

Combine baking soda and water in a bowl. Mix the ingredients to create a paste and rub it directly onto the black marker. Rub it gently and use a clean cloth to wipe the surface. If the stain is more stubborn, use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.

Also read: How to Get Permanent Marker Off a Pumpkin


The preparation process is the most important part of successfully decorating pumpkins. 

After reading through this helpful post on how to draw on pumpkins with markers this Halloween, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about decorating them. It’s best to use permanent markers, such as Sharpies, that will stick to the pumpkin and not smudge or fade away too soon.

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