Painted pumpkins are perfect for Halloween. Enjoy these super creative pumpkin painting ideas and other no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas!
Painted pumpkins are so much fun to create. Have you ever painted a pumpkin before?
There are so many unique and creative ways to paint a pumpkin. I’d rather make a painted pumpkin any day than deal with carving a pumpkin and touching the gooey guts inside. This girl is a fan of no-carve pumpkins!
You can paint real pumpkins and fake craft pumpkins. The benefit of painting a fake pumpkin is that you can keep it from year to year. And if you get tired of the paint one year, you can always re-paint the pumpkin with a new design!
How to Paint a Pumpkin – What kind of paint do I use on pumpkins?
Here are a few different types of paint you can use on pumpkins and the pros and cons of each:
- Acrylic Craft Paint – The little bottles of paint you can get at any craft store work great for painting pumpkins. They are inexpensive and come in a huge variety of colors. This is my go-to paint for pumpkins.
- Spray Paint – Spray paint works great on pumpkins for doing a base layer of color, but it’s not very easy to make detailed designs using spray paint.
- Chalk Paint – Chalk paint has great sticking power and a soft, matte finish and works really well on both fake and real pumpkins.
- Latex House Paint – If you already have some leftover house paint on hand, you can definitely use it on pumpkins, but it’s more expensive to buy, so I wouldn’t choose this paint otherwise.
- Kids Tempera Paint – Tempera paint is a great option for kids to use, especially if you buy a washable variety. It may scratch off the surface of real pumpkins, but if you don’t need it to last for a long time, it works just fine.
- Watercolor – Watercolor paint does technically work on a pumpkin, but because it’s so runny, it drips on the curved surface of the pumpkin, so it can be difficult to work with. Watercolor paint also tends to be quite see-through, so you would definitely need to use another kind of paint as a base coat.
This video tutorial shows you four fun ways to paint a pumpkin!
Pumpkin Painting Video Tutorial
I’ve also gathered over 30 pumpkin painting ideas to inspire you. There’s a style for everybody… spooky, colorful, sophisticated, whimsical. You’ll have a hard time choosing which painted pumpkin to make! Click on the text link above each picture to see more about how to make each individual pumpkin idea.
Striking Black and White Pumpkins:
Blue Porcelain Painted Pumpkins (okay, could you die? GORGEOUS!):
This might be the most beautiful painted floral pumpkin ever:
Tons of No-Carve Pumpkins perfect for kids to do:
There you have it… tons of creative ways to paint a pumpkin. I love the hand-painted floral pumpkins best, but I’m not sure I’m a good enough painter to pull them off. Which was your favorite pumpkin?
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