The backdrop I made for my Pumpkin Decorating Halloween Party is super easy to make and really takes no crafting skill at all — so it’s right up my alley!

I actually looked for a jack-o-lantern printable that I could have printed extra large, couldn’t find one, and designed my own using PicMonkey. Then I looked into the cost of printing it in a 3-foot square size and mounting it on foam core. Danger, Will Robinson! That was a budget buster. And that let to this Halloween party backdrop.

How to make an easy jack-o-lantern canvas party backdrop by The Party Teacher


  • 3′ x 3′ canvas – I bought this one at JoAnn’s when it was on sale.
  • Orange acrylic craft paint – It takes about 3 coats, so I bought an 8 oz. size at WalMart.
  • Large foam brush or mini paint roller
  • Black poster board
  • Sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper
  • Scissors
  • Pop-up glue dots (removable)


I pulled out my 3′ x 3′ canvas from our basement disaster area, and repainted it orange with acrylic craft paint. (When you last saw the canvas, it was bright pink and starring in a bridal shower.) I drizzled paint directly on the canvas and then painted with an X motion to avoid lines on my canvas. The girls actually did the first two coats for me, and then I just smoothed things out.

Then take your black poster board and cut out eyes and a nose using a template I made. To make the template:

  1. Take a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ paper and fold it in half long-ways.
  2. Cut it at an angle from the fold to the outer edges.
  3. Unfold, and you have your triangle template.
  4. Place the template on the poster board, and trace the outline of the template.
  5. Then just cut out the outline with scissors.

I free-handed the mouth and then cut out my design. Of course, you can make any type of pumpkin face you like.

Use several glue dots to add each piece of your pumpkin face. Once the canvas was upright, the dots lasted about a day, and then pumpkin face pieces started falling off, which scared our dog. (Who, by the way, was also scared of the balloon garland, and kept barking at it.) But, all that was okay with me (the falling face, not the scared dog) because I wanted the face to come off cleanly so I can reuse the canvas another time.

Did you miss the party? Check out my Pumpkin Decorating Party here.

How are you celebrating Halloween?


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