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Painted Pumpkins: A Stylish & Festive Fall Décor Idea

These days, it seems like every house on the block is adorned with a pumpkin or two (or three, or four…). If you’re looking for a way to join in on the fall fun but are feeling less than excited about the prospect of carving a jack-o’-lantern, never fear! Painted pumpkins have it all: they’re super stylish, fun for adults and kiddos.

Painting pumpkins is also a great way to show off your personality and style. Not into traditional orange? Paint your pumpkin white or black for a chic monochromatic look. Feeling festive? Break out the glitter and go wild! The best part is, you can use real or artificial pumpkins, so you can keep your masterpiece on display long after Halloween is over.

How to Paint a Pumpkin 

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To get started, gather your materials. You’ll need some pumpkins in different shapes, sizes and colors, acrylic paint, permanent markers, painter’s tape, paint brushes and sponges, a paper plate or plastic palette, primer, something to cover your work surface and cups or bowls to balance the pumpkins while you work. Once you have everything you need, it’s time to get painting!

Whether you’re using real or artificial pumpkins, the process is the same. Start by giving your pumpkin a good cleaning; run it under cool water and then dry it off with a clean towel. Next, decide what colors you want to use. Acrylic paint is ideal for this project because it adheres well to most surfaces and dries quickly. 

Once you have your colors selected, it’s time to start painting! Begin by painting the entire pumpkin one solid color. Once that coat has dried completely, you can start adding embellishments like stripes, polka dots, or whatever else strikes your fancy. If you are into shiny things, try painting your pumpkin in metallic paint or adding some glitter after the paint has dried. You can choose one color or mix and match to create a design that’s entirely unique. If you make any mistakes, no worries–just let the paint dry and paint again.

Painted pumpkins are a fun and easy way to add some festive flair to your home décor this fall. Whether you opt for a traditional orange pumpkin or go for something more minimal or edgy, painted pumpkins are sure to make your home stand out from the rest on the block. So grab some paint and get creative!

Lynn Weitz

Lynn Weitz

With over 16 years of experience in the design industry, Jenny Lynn works on print and cutting-edge digital projects for clients worldwide. She co-founded Ramble in 2021 to honor the creative process of designing and launching physical products designed to inspire.

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