Painted Pumpkin Parade

There are countless ways to carve a pumpkin in the days before Halloween, but if you want to have some fun decorating pumpkins without carving them, paint and a little creativity are your best friends!  Here are ten different ways to add a dash of panache to a pumpkin with just a little paint!

Create plaid, geometric, or leaf motifs by freehand application or by sketching with a template before adding the painted design.

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Use a thin artist’s brush or even a black Sharpie to add a welcome message.

Vermont Halloween Party


Bat silhouettes painted on mini white pumpkins and suspended on garden stakes will greet your guests at they come up the front path.

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Stripes, flowers, or zig zags can dress up your pumpkins in the traditional Halloween color palette. 

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Use the natural creases of a pumpkin as your guide for painting a creepy web – embellish with spiders for an eerie effect.

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Candy corn is favorite sweet at Halloween – recreate the look with yellow and white craft paint to mimic this favorite treat. 

candy corn pumpkins


Add whimsy to a pair by painting witch tights and heels (scrape part of the rind to create the stripes).  A black bow secured with hot glue is the perfect finishing touch!

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Allover black paint and scrapbook stickers combine for a boo-tastic pumpkin in your entry.

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This pumpkin applique was created with vinyl (tutorial here) but you can mimic the same look with a black paint pen by drawing the caged crow.  Add nail heads or bead trim for more texture and dimension.  

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Simple swirls and dots add a delicate border to a pumpkin focal point propped up on a pedestal.

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All white painted pumpkins with black lettering spell something wicked this way comes!

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Do you go all out in your Halloween decor, or do you keep your seasonal decorating simple?  What are your favorite ways to decorate with pumpkins for Halloween?



5 Responses to “ Painted Pumpkin Parade ”

  1. Such cute ideas!! Ideas for something different than the traditional carving of the pumpkin even though that’s always fun too. I can’t wait to go to the pumpkin patch and get mine for some decoration!

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