One of the most fun activities every Halloween is pumpkin carving and there are a lot of cool ideas to try but if you’d rather keep your beautiful pumpkins intact you could choose to paint them instead. This is actually a great idea and a great way to decorate and customize the pumpkins without doing any carving. I know I’ll definitely try it this year so let’s check out some design ideas in case you’re feeling inspired too.
One idea comes from hillcitybride and suggests using the paint drip technique. You take a pumpkin, you wrap tape around the stem and then you spray paint the whole pumpkin in one solid color. You can also leave it how it is if you like its natural color. Then you take some acrylic paint and you pour at the top, just near the stem and you let it drip. You can layer more colors to create a marbled effect.
If you’re a pokemon fan or if you just think pikachu looks cute, check out this fun pumpkin painting idea from happinessishomemade. For the pikachu pumpkin you’ll also need some yellow paper for the ears and tail and for the pokeball one all you need is paint and some tape.
If you start by painting a pumpkin mat black, anything you paint on it after that will basically look cool and dramatic, even flowers or cute faces. check out doodlecraftblog for some ideas regarding some of the designs you can create using this technique.
You don’t have to choose an intricate design or a very complicated pattern in order to make your painted pumpkin look cool and beautiful. In fact, some of the most beautiful designs are very simple, like these ones featured on tellloveandparty. These rainbow pumpkins are adorable and they’re easy to paint too.
Another idea that’s super cool and inspiring is to paint starts and galaxies on your pumpkin. It’s not as easy as making a rainbow pumpkins but if you can pull this off, it’s definitely work the effort. Here what you’re going to need: black acrylic paint, white acrylic paint, glitter, nail polish in different colors, stars, small fake diamonds, brushes, sponges and decoupage glue. Find out the details on 42stripes.
You don’t have to be a talented artist to paint a pumpkin and to make it look pretty. Just use your strengths. Flowers are something that pretty much anyone can draw or paint in a satisfactory manner so how about a floral pumpkin with a fall-themed look? That’s just what lindseycrafterblog prescribes for this Halloween.
This cool pumpkin was painted using the shake technique. In case you don’t know what that means we’ll explain it right now. You take a container big enough for the pumpkin to fit with some room to spare, you pout some acrylic paint in at the bottom of the container in small pools (different colors) and then you put the pumpkin in, you close the lid and you shake. It’s fun and it’s pretty at the same time. This idea comes from sunnydayfamily.
Aren’t these gingham pumpkins adorable? They bring out the cozy nature of fall and everything related to this season. You can paint a gingham pattern on a pumpkin without much effort and without needing a stencil. The instructions can be found on kellyinthecity. You start with a white pumpkin and you paint every other slice using colored acrylic paint, then you fill in patches on the white slices to create alternating squares. Then you paint a few darker-colored squares on the already painted slices to create the checkered patterned.
Did you know you can use crayons instead of paint to decorate a pumpkin? The idea is not to draw on the pumpkin but to melt the crayons. Sure, it sounds a bit cruel but the result is super cool. Check out craftymorning to see for yourself. To replicate this look, start with a plain white pumpkin. Unwrap the crayons, cut them in half and glue the pieces onto the pumpkin, at the top. When the glue has dried, start melting the crayons with a blow dryer.
Since the Halloween fun starts after sunset, we thought you’d like these glow-in-the-dark pumpkins that we found on lovetocreateblog. You can paint them using technique you want. The only mandatory thing is to use glow-in-the-dark paint. You can paint geometric patterns, polka dots, pretty flowers or spooky faces…basically whatever you think would look cool.
You can also have a lot of fun painting pumpkins if you use cardboard stencils to create silhouettes over your already painted, patterned pumpkin. First you can paint some polka dots on your pumpkin, let the paint dry and then you can cut out a cardboard stencil and paint a cute silhouette using paint in a different color. Check out how great these dinosaur pumpkins featured on rachelmarpeace look.
Another idea can be to explore your artistic side and to paint something pretty on the pumpkin as opposed to something spooky or graphical. You could make a floral pumpkin like the one featured on craftberrybush. It would look lovely in your living room, bedroom or dining room and you can use it as a centerpiece or a shelf ornament.
Paint-dipped pumpkins can look super cool, especially if you use neon colors. The technique is very simple. First you spray paint the entire pumpkin white (or not, if you like its natural look), then you flip it upside down (you can rest it on a jar, a vase or pretty much any container, and you put a nice layer of neon paint on its bottom, letting it drip over the sides. When the paint is dry you’ll have your pumpkin ornaments. You can find more details about this on anightowlblog.
A simple pumpkin can look pretty and stylish too. You can paint one in a teal or turquoise color and display it on your porch next to some other Halloween ornaments. Sure, you could put some stickers on or paint an interesting pattern on the pumpkin but we really like the simplicity of this design so perhaps you will too. The inspiration for this project comes from practicallyfunctional.
We mentioned stencils before and now we’d like to emphasize just how great and useful they can be when you’re painting a pumpkin. You can use all sorts of stencils with all sorts of different designs, shapes and sizes. You can mix and match different forms and different colors to create interesting and unique designs. Check out handmadecharlotte for inspiration.
There’s also another cool idea that we’d like to share with you today. It involves nail polish and the technique is easy and fun. You take a bowl (a disposable one would be best) and you fill it with lukewarm water. Then you pour a few colors of nail polish in, you swirl a little with a stick and then you dip small pumpkins into the colored water and you let them rest so the nail polish can dry. We found this technique described on sayyes and we immediately fell in love with the idea.
Miniature pumpkins are a lot of fun to use in DIY projects and these ones look absolutely adorable. They were turned into little photo holders and can also be used as place card holders. There’s a tutorial for them on clubcrafted and in case you want to make something here’s what you’re going to need: mini faux pumpkins, acrylic paint in different colors, paintbrushes for each color, thick gold wire, wire cutters and round nose pliers.
If you want to decorate a pumpkin in a way that’s simple but also chic and stylish, the idea suggested on sustainmycrafthabit would be perfect. This projects starts with a white craft pumpkin. This one is quite large but you can use a smaller one instead of you prefer it. All you need to do is use a fine tip paintbrush and some acrylic matte metallic gold paint to add a few leaves in various places.
In case it’s not immediately apparent, this is a disco ball pumpkin. The design is not particularly difficult and you don’t need a lot of supplies to get this done, just this black paint, silver glitter paint, thin washi tape and of course a faux pumpkin. You can have fun experimenting with all sorts of other patterns and designs while you’re at it. Check out the tutorial on clubcrafted.
There’s really no need for a complicated design or a pattern to make pumpkins look cool. Paint is pretty much all you need. A nice idea can be to take a few small faux pumpkins of different shapes and similar sizes and paint them in different colors. You can mix in some black, white with some gold or copper paint and create a very stylish combo. The inspiration comes from bybrittanygoldwyn.
Aren’t these pumpkins looking super fun and cheerful? The vibrant colors really pop and the gingham pattern goes really well with the design as a whole. To recreate this look, start with a faux pumpkin and paint it white. Then use two tones of acrylic paint and a bunch of painter’s tape to create the pattern by following the instructions provided on clubcrafted. Have fun mixing and matching more colors and making more pumpkins after that.
Speaking of patterns and pumpkins, it’s not just the classic ones that can look good. A nice idea can be to come up with your own geometric pattern and to create custom designs for your decorative pumpkins using acrylic craft paints and tape if needed. You can find a few inspiring ideas on akailochiclife if you’re interested.
This is a terrazzo pumpkin and unlike a lot of the other projects this one uses a real pumpkin instead of a faux one. That means the first step of the project is to carve out the pumpkin, to cut off the top and to remove everything inside so you can have a clean surface to work with. Once that is done you can go ahead and make your template using stencil paper. Carve out some of the shapes and paint the others. For more information visit jojotastic.
This design is a bit similar to something we mentioned before but hat we really like in this particular case is the choice of colors. They’re very simple and neutral and they don’t stand out which puts more emphasis on the actual pattern and the pumpkin itself. Of course, you can choose to use a different color palette instead. Regardless, all you need to know about this project can be found on theredpaintedcottage.
For this little project you can either use a real pumpkin or a faux one. The advantage of faux pumpkins is that they don’t go bad and you can keep them until next year when you can display them once again in your home. Either way, you’ll need a mini pumpkin which you’ll have to paint white so you have a clean base to work with. Then take a paintbrush and a set of watercolor paints and start painting cute little flowers and leaves all over the surface. There’s a more detailed description of the project on smilingcolors in case you want to check it out.