Baby Shark Pumpkin Painting Craft

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This adorable Baby Shark Pumpkin is the perfect no carve pumpkin craft for Halloween. Easy enough for kids of all ages, this fin-tastic Halloween activity will be a family favorite!

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Craft pumpkin painted to look like a shark

We love making painted pumpkins for Halloween, whether it’s a fun character like a Harry Potter pumpkin or a classic like this painted witch pumpkin.

This one is a little of both! Originally I was going to make a regular shark but it started looking more and more like a baby shark pumpkin instead…so we’ve got the best of both worlds.

So whether your little one is a fan of shark week or baby shark, they’ll love making this fun Halloween craft! It’s the perfect family friendly activity for Halloween!

Side of shark pumpkin on fishing net

Why We Love This Baby Shark Activity

Easy – Older kids can do this craft completely on their own. If you have little ones, you may just want to take a pencil and draw the line around the center of the pumpkin and one in the shape of the mouth. Then kids can fill it in with paint.

Mess-free – Carve pumpkins with kids? No thank you! Not only is it super messy but it makes me a little nervous to see my kids carving with knives. Aside from maybe a few paint splatters, the cleanup for this is so much easier!

Budget Friendly – I made this shark pumpkin with foam pumpkins that I found at Dollar Tree. The paint and craft foam are easy on the wallet too.

Styrofoam craft pumpkins

Materials Needed

  • Tracing template – download this free printable for tracing the tail and fin onto craft foam
  • Craft pumpkin – I use the foam ones from Dollar Tree but you can use any kind you like.
  • Craft paint – blue, white, red, black, brown (brown is optional)

Tools Needed

  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Large round foam sponge brush
  • Medium round foam sponge brush
  • Small paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Shark pumpkin with shells and fishing net

Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to protect your table or work surface. While I’m at the dollar store, I pick up a couple of the $1 plastic tablecloths in the party section. When the kids are done painting, you can just toss the tablecloths in the trash.
  • I found it helpful to outline the mouth in pencil first. That way if it doesn’t look quite right, you can just paint over it and try again.
  • Don’t make the paint too thick or it’ll take a long time to dry. I find it easier to do a thin coat, then add another if necessary.
  • Don’t rush the dry time. If you try to paint the red mouth over the white paint if it’s still wet. You may end up with an unwanted pink color.
  • Get creative and make your sharks in a variety of colors.

Now, are you ready to get crafty?

Shark Pumpkin square
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Baby Shark Pumpkin

Active Time 45 minutes
Drying time 1 hour
This fin-tastic Baby Shark Pumpkin is the perfect mess-free pumpkin craft for Halloween!


  • Use a pencil to draw a line around the center of the pumpkin. Paint the top half blue and the bottom half white. Add a second coat if needed and let dry completely (about 30 minutes, depending on the paint).
    Pumpkin painted 1/2 blue and 1/2 white
  • Combine a few drops of black paint with some of your red paint to make a maroon color. This way the red tongue won't blend in. Draw an outline of the mouth with pencil, then fill it in with the maroon paint.
    Maroon paint on pumpkin to look like a shark's mouth
  • Use red paint to add a tongue.
    Red tongue painted on shark pumpkin
  • To make the eyes, start by dipping a large round sponge brush into white paint, then add two large white dots above the mouth.
    Painting white eyes with a round sponge brush
  • Take a medium size sponge brush and dip it into black paint. Make two slightly smaller black dots inside the white ones.
    Black circles added to the center of the white eyes
  • Use a small paintbrush dipped in white paint to make a small dot on each of the eyes (on the pupil), giving your shark a little sparkle in his eyes. Add two nostrils with either brown paint or the maroon paint. Set aside until paint is completely dry.
    White dots to resemble sparkle in the sharks eyes and dots painted on for a nose
  • Template for fins and tail
  • Cut out the template and trace the pattern pieces onto the craft foam. Cut out the craft foam pieces.
    Templates cut out on craft foam
  • Glue the long edges of the fin together, leaving the bottom so that it opens up to fit over the pumpkin stem. Glue into place. Glue the two tail pieces together (you can use just one but two makes it sturdier), then glue them onto the back of the pumpkin.
    Foam attached to shark pumpkin
  • Let the glue dry and your shark pumpkin is good to go!
    Shark painted pumpkin on top of fishing net with shells


Be sure to let the white paint dry completely before painting the mouth. Otherwise you could end up with an uneven pink color.

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