How To Draw A Pumpkin The Easiest Way

Are your children learning how to draw and looking for new things to add to their pictures? Perhaps they’ve taken interest in pumpkins and want to know how to easily draw them? Luckily, pumpkins are fun and easy objects for your kids to draw!

Is your child at an age where they’re only coloring in pre-drawn outlines? We have plenty of pumpkin coloring pages available on our app for them to get started on! Below is a step-by-step guide on how to draw a pumpkin, but first let’s start with some fun facts about pumpkins!

Interesting Facts About Pumpkins

Pumpkins are more than just fall-time decorations. Let your little one in on how cool these bright orange-colored gourds really are! Watch them get excited as you share these fun facts about pumpkins.

We all know pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes, but did you know their weight ranges from 1 pound to 1,000 pounds? Imagine having a 1,000-pound pumpkin on your front steps! The largest pumpkin recorded weighed a whopping 3,699 pounds. See if your kiddos (or you) can even try to picture just how big a pumpkin of that weight is.

Pumpkins can also be categorized as both a fruit and a vegetable! What other foods do you know of that can be considered a member of both of these food groups? Test your kids’ knowledge and see if they know of any.

Has your family ever been pumpkin picking before? If so, let them know that the pumpkins they usually find and pick out in October are actually planted in late May to mid-June and take the whole summer plus part of fall to grow. That means they take about 90 to 120 days to grow and get that bright orange color that you normally see when you go to the pumpkin patch. 

How To Draw A Pumpkin

Now it’s time to get into the step-by-step instructions for how to draw a pumpkin. We suggest you read through these steps first before going right into drawing. Reading through will help give you an overall idea of what the pumpkin is supposed to look like. Let’s get drawing!

Step 1 – Base Of The Pumpkin

This piece of the pumpkin will be the largest part you’ll draw. Start in the middle of the page so you have the most space. Encourage your kids to draw their pumpkin as big or small as they want; there are no specific size measurements you have to stick to! 

You are going to start at a middle point and work your way both to the left and then to the right to create the outer shape. Pick a point to start from in the middle of the page and draw slightly upward to the left and then outward to the left, creating a round corner that extends all the way down to what will be the left side of the pumpkin. 

When your curved line reaches the bottom of where you want the shape to form, draw inward and to the right slightly, then back upward to the right until your point becomes parallel with your starting point above it. This half-connected shape should resemble what will be the left side of your pumpkin.

In order to draw the right side of the pumpkin and complete the shape, you’re going to bring your pencil back up where your starting point was. Draw another curved line by going slightly upward to the right and then back downward, extending outward just as much as the left side of your pumpkin so your sides appear symmetrical. Continue the line down as far as you want your right side to go. 

To draw the bottom part of the right side, draw inward to the left slightly and back upward to the left until your point connects to the bottom of the left side of your pumpkin. This is the bottom point that you drew earlier on in the step before starting the right side. This shape should have all its lines connected and look like the general outer shape of a pumpkin. 

Step 2 – Adding Dimension

Now that you have the main shape of your pumpkin, you are going to add four curved lines inside to give your pumpkin some dimension. Each line will start in the middle of the top of your pumpkin, where you created a starting point. They will each start from this point but will attach to different spots on the bottom line of your pumpkin.

For the first curved line, you’re going to bring your pencil to the starting point and draw a curved line. This line will be similar to the left outer side of the pumpkin, going the same direction, and will connect to the bottom line of the pumpkin. It will connect somewhere on the line between the left side and the middle point.

The second curved line will again begin at the starting point and curve downward, replicating the first curved line. Complete the curved line by connecting to the middle of the bottom line.

Drawing the third line will begin from the starting point where the last two curved lines started from. However, it’ll be similar to the right outer side of the pumpkin and will curve in the same direction. This curved line will end in between the middle of the bottom like the right side of the pumpkin. 

For the fourth curved line, have it start from the same point as the last three lines and draw it going the same way as the third line. Connect the line to the bottom line of the pumpkin between the third curved line and the right outer side.

Step 3 – The Stem

The stem of the pumpkin will resemble a rectangle shape that has one rounded end at the bottom where it connects to the top of the pumpkin. Find the starting point on the top of the pumpkin where you drew the shape of the pumpkin and the inner curved lines. Start from that point and draw a curved line going up and to the right. 

Create a 90-degree angle with a straight line and then back down to the starting point of the pumpkin, curving down and inward. Once you get back to the starting point, curve the bottom of the stem so that it’s round. 

Step 4 – The Leaf

To add some cute details to your pumpkin, we’re going to add a small leaf up near the left side, coming out at the base of the stem. Draw a straight line coming out of the left side of the stem, going upward to the left. Draw a leaf with five tips. Draw small lines inside the leaf that extend down the tips to add dimension. 

Step 5 – Vine

On the right side of the stem, draw a thin curly line with three loops coming out of the stem. This will be the vine of the pumpkin and you make it as long or as short as you want.

Step 6 – Time To Decorate

Once the outline of your pumpkin is drawn, it’s time to color it in and design it however you’d like. Does your child want a traditional-looking pumpkin? Get that bright orange crayon out for the pumpkin and some different shades of green and brown for the leaf and stem!

Do they want to make a rainbow-colored pumpkin? See if they’d like some help coloring the pumpkin a few different colors. Do they want to draw different patterns or textures on the pumpkin? Offer some inspiration to them with different ideas of details they can add.

Encourage your children or grandchildren to really make their pumpkins unique and design them however they’d like. Once you get the hang of drawing these pumpkins, you can even encourage them to make different kinds such as tall, thin pumpkins or short, plump pumpkins. Work together to try to draw a pumpkin patch with a bunch of different pumpkins added to it! 

Continue The Fun

We hope this guide on how to draw a pumpkin is easy to complete and you all have fun while doing it! Needing inspiration for a cute handmade gift that your child can give to their grandparent or other loved one? Fold a piece of construction paper and have your kids draw a pumpkin on the front to create a homemade card! Write a personal message on the inside to complete it. If you want more pumpkin-themed activities, consider downloading Caribu to get access to pumpkin puzzles, games, and more. 

Don’t stop here; continue the creativity with your family using Caribu! We have tons of activities for your family to have fun with. With plenty of ebooks, games, coloring activities puzzles, and more, we offerso many creative and exciting options that you can do together in person or via video-call. Get connected and unpack all the adventure that we have waiting for you and your family!


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