With autumn being here and Halloween approaching, it is common to see people begin to decorate their home with pumpkins. You may be looking for a way to decorate your home with pumpkins as well. While the traditional way to decorate with pumpkins is to carve them into jack o’ lanterns, there are many other adorable ways to display pumpkins. One of those ways is to paint them. Today, I’ll be going over the best painted pumpkin ideas, as well as how to decorate a pumpkin and some tips for displaying them. Let’s get started.
Tips for Decorating with Pumpkins
Let’s begin by learning the many ways to decorate with pumpkins. As you may already know, you can decorate the inside of your house with pumpkins by using them for centerpieces or placing them on shelves. But how do you decorate your yard? Here are some tips.
Fill Lanterns up with Them
One easy way to decorate with painted pumpkins is to fill up old lanterns with them. Vintage lanterns look extra nice, but any lantern will do. You can either hang the lantern up, or set the lantern on your porch. If you want, you can fill multiple lanterns with pumpkins.
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Set Them Along Your Stairs
You may have seen before how people line up pumpkins along their steps. If you happen to have stairs, take advantage of them and decorate your porch by lining pumpkins along them. You can either have pumpkins on each side, or you could only line pumpkins on one side.
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Fill a Wagon up with Pumpkins
A wagon full of painted pumpkins is simply adorable. You could either put the wagon at the bottom of your steps, or put it on your porch so that guests see it as they enter your home. If you don’t have a wagon, you can also use an old wheelbarrow.
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Pumpkin Lined Pathways
If you have a pathway that leads to your house, why not line some pumpkins along it? If you are short on pumpkins, space them out so that there is a pumpkin every few yards. But if you have a lot of pumpkins, or if your pathway is short, feel free to place a pumpkin every 12 inches or so.
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Pumpkins in Hanging Planters
As fall sets in, your plants may slowly begin to die. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fill your planters with pumpkins instead. If you still have plants growing in the planters, you can place pumpkins in the planters anyways.
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Adorable Painted Pumpkin Ideas to Try
Decorating pumpkins without carving them may sound tricky. However, the finished result is simply adorable. Let’s take a look at some unique painted pumpkins that will surely inspire you to grab a paintbrush.
Fall Painted Pumpkin
There really isn’t a better way to decorate for fall than to write out “fall” on a pumpkin. Besides writing out the word fall, you can also paint leaves and vines on the pumpkin. If you want to paint a pumpkin like the image blow, here are the supplies you’ll need:
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Poodle Skirt Pink
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Melon
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Coral Blush
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Brilliant Red
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Tuscan Red
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Georgia Clay
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Spiced Pumpkin
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Saffron Yellow
- Americana Acrylic Paint 2oz-Frosted Plum
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Dark Chocolate
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Slate Grey
- DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel Paint, 2-Ounce, Black
- Fine tip brushes
- One white pumpkin (a plastic pumpkin works too, because then you can reuse it every year)
Note that you don’t have to use these colors. You can easily use blues and purples and still have your pumpkin look seasonal.
- Begin by using the Dark Chocolate paint. Paint a series of branches in overlapping arabesques. Add extra branches and offshoots to fill the space. Keep in mind that you will be adding leaves all around the branches, so don’t paint the branches too close together.
- Paint your first leaf using the Georgia Clay paint.
- Paint your flower bud using Frosted Plum paint.
- Using Tuscan Red, paint your second leaf. Unlike the first leaf, this leaf should look like a maple leaf.
- Using Saffron Yellow, paint your third leaf on the branches. This leaf should be similar to the second leaf you painted, which looked like a maple leaf.
- Using Brilliant Red, paint large anemones around the branches and to help fill spaces. Make sure you make them large so that they are noticeable.
- From here, continue adding leaves and flower buds to your branches.
- Use a mix of Dark Chocolate and Saffron Yellow to create a light brown for a final leaf design on the branches. This one looks like an oak leaf.
- Use Dark Chocolate paint to add three little twigs closely together. Paint these twigs throughout the leaves and buds on the branches. You can also paint pine cones and acorns if you want.
- If you want to be extra creative, you can add wildlife to your pumpkin. One simple animal to paint is the squirrel. Using grey paint, simply paint the shape of a squirrel. You don’t even need to add eyes or a nose, but you can if you are feeling creative.
- Using a variety of pinks and corals, add an extra stroke to the leaves and the flower bud to create depth in the color of the leaves.
- Take the black paint and write out the word “fall”. If using a paint brush is too hard, use a permanent marker.
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Glitter Decorated Pumpkins
This painted pumpkin is easier to make than the previous painted pumpkin. Here are the supplies needed:
- Pumpkins (you decide how many you want to paint)
- Mod Podge
- Black and White Glitter
- Paint Brushes
- Choose your desired paint colors and paint your pumpkins, then let them dry.
- After the paint dries, draw your desired Halloween shapes using a pencil. Feel free to make any shapes you’d like. They don’t have to be spooky painted pumpkins like the image shows if you don’t want them to be. You can even make it like the last pumpkin with fall leaves and flowers.
- With a paint brush apply Mod Podge over your drawing.
- Now it is time to sprinkle on the glitter. This is going to be messy, so you’ll want to have a paper plate or something like that underneath it. Continue adding glitter until all your drawings have glitter on them.
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Pour Art Pumpkins
Make sure you have a piece of cardboard or tablecloth you don’t mind getting messy under the pumpkin, because this painted pumpkin idea can get messy. Because it is so easy to do, this is a great craft to involve your kids in. Simply fill a cup with paint, and pour it over the pumpkin. You’ll want to paint the pumpkin white first, unless the pumpkin is naturally white. Also, you may want to pour lots of different colors onto the pumpkins. Or you could just stick with one color.
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Disney Painted Pumpkins
Does your family love Disney princesses? If so, then you’ll love these Disney painted pumpkins. Decide which princess you want your pumpkin to resemble, and then paint it in that color. For example, if you want it to be like the Rapunzel in the movie Tangled, paint it purple so that it resembles Rapunzel’s dress. Or if you want it to be like the movie Frozen, paint it blue and paint some snowflakes. Glue decorations onto the pumpkins for added creativity. (Tip: Buy Christmas ornaments and use those to decorate your pumpkins). Have fun with it!
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Fruit Painted Pumpkins
It might be fall, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t paint your pumpkins to resemble summery fruits. From watermelons to pineapples to strawberries, these fruit painted pumpkins will make your yard look incredible. Get the full tutorial by clicking here.
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Doughnut Painted Pumpkins
Are you a fan of doughnuts? If so, you’ll love these doughnut painted pumpkins. Although they can’t be eaten, they still add a sweet look to your home. These painted pumpkins are so easy to make. Here’s what to do:
- Paint the bottom part of the pumpkin with the desired color. It should be more of a plain color, just like a plain doughnut without frosting would be. But don’t worry, this doughnut pumpkin will have frosting. We’ll add frosting in the next step. But before you add the frosting, use the same color paint that you used to paint the bottom of the pumpkin to also paint a small amount of the top around the stem. You can also paint the stem if you’d like.
- Paint the sections that you haven’t painted yet (the middle and most of the top) with the frosting colored paint. You can use any colored paint you want. White is a good option, but you can also use pink brown, or blue.
- Once the paint has completely dried, use different paint colors to paint the sprinkles on. The sprinkles are easy to paint on. Simply add dots and lines all around your pumpkin.
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Crazy Decorated Pumpkins
Go crazy with these crazy decorated pumpkins. There are many different designs and patterns you can use to make these colorful painted pumpkins. Although these painted pumpkins may look hard to make, they are actually not too difficult. You can find the tutorial by clicking here.
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I hope this article has inspired you to go paint some pumpkins. There are so many different designs you can use. Some painted pumpkins can have creative leaves and vines on them, while others can look like doughnuts or fruit. Painting pumpkins can be a fun activity to do with your whole family, and the results will be adorable and stunning. Have fun!
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