Start by finding the perfect pumpkins. We used round, smooth ones without any blemishes. Big stems make it easier to lift the pumpkins without getting covered in paint. Different sizes of pumpkins add variety.
Prime your pumpkins the night before—colors pop more against white or black. We used three coats of flat (not glossy) Krylon spray paint. Spraying in coats makes the paint less likely to flake off.