These super creative pumpkin painting ideas and other no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are perfect for Halloween.
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 with each picture to see more about how to make each individual pumpkin idea.
Pumpkin Painting Ideas
Plaid just screams fall. Learn how to paint a simple buffalo check plaid onto pumpkins.
Plaid Painted Pumpkin
If you want to try painting an abstract design, this one is super fun. Get the look of watercolor by using Sharpie markers!
Sharpie Watercolor Pumpkins
These bold, graphic black-and-white pumpkins are really striking!
Have you seen hydro-dipping before? You mix paint in with water, then dip the pumpkin into the water and all the paint clings to it and you get a marbled effect. Super cool and fun to do.
This next idea just makes me giggle. Paint two pumpkins to look like witch legs! I love the stripey tights and pointy shoes. Such a cute way to paint pumpkins!
Get creative by copying fabric patterns freehand with a few colors of craft paint and you’ll end up with some really beautiful painted pumpkins with that artsy vibe.
I adore the style of this next pumpkin. That folk art vibe is just so cute! Go blue and white for a Scandinavian vibe or black and orange for a more spooky Day of the Dead look. You’ve got to see both!
Folk Art Pumpkins
Paint a gorgeous floral motif on pumpkins in pretty fall colors. Love the velvet bow too!
This painted pumpkin idea looks like an old witch’s spell book! It is easy to do and only takes a few craft supplies.
Spooky Word Painted Pumpkin
For the princess lover, this glittery whimiscal pumpkin is perfection. Cinderella does have a thing for pumpkins, after all.
Did you doodle in your notebooks as a kid? I sure did! And that’s exactly what this next pumpkin painting idea reminds me of. Grab some paint and start doodling designs until the whole pumpkin is covered.
Dip white pumpkins in neon paint and let it drip. So cute!
If you want something a little more shiny, try using metallic paint. I like how this one fades from one color to the other and that copper color? Perfect for fall!
Metallic Painted Pumpkin
I’m digging these abstract pumpkins. I think they call this kind of art Memphis style? Whatever it’s called, it’s loads of fun!
Here’s an idea for the kids. Turn a pumpkin into an adorable owl!
Take inspiration from mud cloth fabric and make these cool boho style pumpkins. Using a paint pen makes it simple!
If you want something more sophisticated to use for decor, try painting pumpkins in varying shades of the same color. They turn out so pretty!
Okay, these are truly gorgeous. Paint pumpkins inspired by antique blue and white porcelain. I love these!
Paint a boho-inspired abstract mountain scene onto pumpkins for really cool landscape art. I love how the two pumpkins go together.
Mountain Landscape Painted Pumpkins
Using chalk paint will give you an ultra-matte finish that almost looks like velvet. Pretty neat!
Faux Bois is a painting technique that mimics the grain of wood. In black and white, it makes for a really eye-catching pattern on pumpkins!
Have you tried pour art? It’s really fun to do and you never know just how your project will turn out. Try it on a pumpkin!
These pumpkins have a similar look to the pour art pumpkins, but you do it by melting crayons and letting the colorful wax drip down the sides. How fun!
These black and white pumpkins are a lot spookier looking and would be really great to decorate for Halloween.
You can tell that the artist who painted these pumpkins was having a great time. I love the idea of a set of pumpkins painted cohesively like this. So pretty! Check out the link… she has a ton of other amazing ones!
Okay, technically this pumpkin isn’t painted, BUT it’s so cute I had to include it. Use letterboard letters on a pumpkin to spell out a cute fall saying!
These pumpkins have a rock and roll attitude that I just love!
Have a sports lover in your house? Check out this baseball themed pumpkin!
PUN – kins. Get it? These pumpkins feature cheeky puns on them and I am here for it!
This might be the most beautiful painted floral pumpkin ever. I just love it! I love the color combination, the chunky brush strokes, the design… everything is perfection.
If you have a Pokeman lover in your house, look how cute the Pikachu and Pokeball painted pumpkins are!
They’re metallic. They’re glittery, They’re colorful. Triple win!
Check out the link to this post for really cool glow-in-the-dark pumpkin painting ideas. Then they look really good at night on your front porch.
Glow in the Dark Dot Pumpkin
If you want a unique color scheme for fall decor, you’re going to want to paint your pumpkins to match. How cute is this whole fall mantel?!
Tons of no-carve pumpkin ideas all in one place, and these are specifically designed with kids in mind.
I love the idea of adding glitter to JUST the stem of pumpkins. It’s such a whimsical touch!
These next pumpkins are so cute. Use a paint pen or Sharpie to draw mandala-inspired owls onto your pumpkins!
Not only is this a really fun painting technique, but this galaxy pumpkin features lights that shine to make constellations! Pretty cool.
I totally love this set of hand-painted pumpkins. The color combination is darling and the floral patterns are so cute!
Turn a pumpkin into a poison apple. So clever!
There you have it… tons of creative pumpkin painting ideas.I am going to have a hard time choosing which ideas to do! Which was your favorite pumpkin?
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Types of Paint for Pumpkin Painting:
When it comes to painting pumpkins, there are several types of paint you can use. Here are some options mentioned in the article:
Acrylic Craft Paint: Acrylic craft paint is a popular choice for painting pumpkins. It is inexpensive, available in a wide variety of colors, and can be found at any craft store [].
Spray Paint: Spray paint can be used for creating a base layer of color on pumpkins. However, it may not be ideal for making detailed designs [].
Chalk Paint: Chalk paint is known for its sticking power and soft, matte finish. It works well on both real and fake pumpkins [].
Latex House Paint: If you have leftover house paint, you can use it on pumpkins. However, it can be more expensive to buy specifically for pumpkin painting [].
Kids Tempera Paint: Tempera paint is a great option for kids, especially if you choose a washable variety. It may scratch off the surface of real pumpkins over time, but it works fine if you don't need it to last for a long time [].
Watercolor: Watercolor paint can technically be used on pumpkins, but it can be challenging to work with due to its runny consistency. It is recommended to use another type of paint as a base coat before applying watercolor [].
Pumpkin Painting Ideas:
The article also provides various pumpkin painting ideas to inspire creativity. Here are a few examples mentioned:
Buffalo Check Plaid: Create a simple buffalo check plaid pattern on pumpkins [].
Sharpie Watercolor Pumpkins: Use Sharpie markers to achieve a watercolor effect on pumpkins [].
Black and White Pumpkins: Paint bold, graphic black-and-white designs on pumpkins for a striking look [].
Marbled Pumpkins with Nail Polish: Try hydro-dipping pumpkins by mixing paint with water and dipping the pumpkin to create a marbled effect [].
Witch Legs: Paint pumpkins to look like witch legs, complete with striped tights and pointy shoes [].
Floral Fall Painted Pumpkins: Paint pumpkins with gorgeous floral motifs in pretty fall colors [].
These are just a few examples of the pumpkin painting ideas mentioned in the article. There are many more ideas and styles to explore, including abstract designs, folk art, glittery pumpkins, and more.
Remember, pumpkin painting is a creative and fun activity, so feel free to experiment with different techniques and designs to make your pumpkins unique and personalized. Happy painting!