Painted pumpkins are a fun home decor craft for fall and Halloween! Learn all about painting pumpkins, including the best paint, here.
Have you decorated pumpkins yet?? I certainly hope so, though a lot of people love waiting until the last minute. While I love carving pumpkins, I really love painting them!
There’s something to be said for buying a faux pumpkin at the craft store and doing something unique with it. Paint is a huge part of that, but Mod Podge is as well. I always use it to seal my creations.
Of course you can use any of these pumpkin painting ideas for real pumpkins, too. It’s not going to make the gourd last any longer, but it’s still pretty fun!
No Carve Pumpkin Ideas
For this roundup, I picked some of my favorite no carve projects, and I think you’re going to love them as well.
When you don’t carve a pumpkin, your best bet is to either paint it, or decoupage it, or both. That’s what we’re doing with all of these ideas. Some are one, the other, or a combination!
Best Paint for Pumpkins
If you’re wondering what kind of paint to use, I can help you – because I’ve tried them all. You can use the following types of paint on pumpkins, real or fake:
The outside of a pumpkin (whether it is really or fake) is really smooth, so I find that watercolors (or anything runny) isn’t as great for painting them.
My favorite type of paint is FolkArt multi-surface. It works well in terms of sticking to the surface of the pumpkin, and the colors cover well and remain vibrant (plus can tolerate some weather).
Spray painting pumpkins is totally possible and not hard to do, though you need some patience. Place the gourd down on a paper bag and spray at least 12″ away.
You’ll want to spray several times, using a light coat every time you spray. It’s pretty standard spray painting, but you have to be careful around the curves. You also have to wait until the top dries so that you can get the bottom.
Pumpkin Painting Stencils
You can use any stencil, however, my favorite are the flexible or adhesive kind because of the curves. The cardboard or paper stencils only work well if you have a l-a-r-g-e pumpkin surface on which to use them.
Stenciling on punkins is pretty easy to do and fun. I usually like to basecoat the entire gourd, let dry, and then stencil using complimentary colors.
Are you ready to dive into these pumpkin painting ideas? Let’s roll!
Get a ton of pumpkin painting ideas using a variety of mediums: chalk paint, acrylic paint, chalkboard paint, and more! Pumpkin painting is a fun activity for the entire family.
I wrote all about color shift paint and how amazing it is - so I'm starting with these pumpkins because they are so perfect for the holidays! You'll use a basecoat of multi surface paint and then color shift on top. I think you need one in every color. Looks great on big and mini pumpkins!
If you haven't tried the FolkArt marbling paints yet, you're missing out. You've probably seen marbling with nail polish, and this is the same effect - but with paint. You can make all kinds of cool and modern painted pumpkin effects.
I kind of love the idea of making a face entirely out of stencils, and that's what this Dia de Los Muertos pumpkin features! Make a circle for the eyes out of adhesive stencil material, or by drawing around a circular object and filling in with paint. All the rest of the features are adhesive stencils.
You might hear these painted pumpkins say "beep boop" or, "It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity." I'm thinking that this Star Wars theme with R2-D2 and C-3PO is one of my favorite pumpkin painting ideas!
Create simple pumpkin decorations with chalk finish, diamond dust, and Mod Podge! This craft idea is so easy and perfect for fall. I personally think these would look fabulous with either vintage or farmhouse decor.
"Is that a door knob???" I squealed out loud when I first saw this project. And yes, this pumpkin stem is a door knob. The monogram and the color palette gives this pumpkin decor a sophisticated touch.
I just love the bright blue and orange of this happy "it's fall y'all!" pumpkin! If you're going for colorful seasonal decor, this could be pretty cool on your porch. The thumbtacks are a fun addition, and I love the hand painted font.
If you're looking for eye-catching painted pumpkin ideas . . . you've arrived! I suppose this gourd has more of an 80s vibe, but somehow it's timeless. I don't think anything is too bold for a pumpkin, including this.
I love this ikat pumpkin because it's *really* hard to mess it up! The addition of the metallic paint over the top of the spots completes the look. You can customize this pumpkin to your decor or color palette.
I couldn't list my favorite painted pumpkin ideas without including a little glow in the dark! You'll need three faux pumpkins for this project, as well as black and glow-in-the-dark paint. It's incredibly fun and easy to do.
This is a pumpkin project I painted a long time ago, but I still love it. I'll show you how to transfer any design to the surface of a pumpkin (and then paint it!). I added Sparkle Mod Podge when all was said and done because, of course.
Painted pumpkin ideas don't have to just be pretty - they can also be useful! This punkin' obviously doubles as a party cooler/wine chiller, which I think is one of the coolest uses for a faux pumpkin I've seen.
You don't need advanced craft skills to make this pumpkin, but you do need patience. You'll use peel n' stick stencils with your favorite words. I love this pumpkin for the Thanksgiving table. Wouldn't it be an awesome centerpiece?
Painter's tape will be your best friend in this project! That means all you have to do is tape a white painted pumpkin (real or fake) and paint the rest of it in gold. Then remove the tape. You can do it, can't you?
If you've ever applied glitter to a pumpkin before, then you know this already: glitter looks better when you paint a basecoat of the same color first. That's the method here, and the sparkle just pops off the surface.