No-Carve Metallic Painted Pumpkins

Who says pumpkins have to be orange? Try a coat of metallic paint and some glitter for glamorous pumpkins that'll sparkle all season long.

Make your outdoor Halloween decorations or fall centerpiece shine—literally—with a little metallic spray paint. You can turn your pumpkin patch into an elegant boo-tique with a simple coat of paint, or try a more elaborate design with glitter dots. Get this easy no-carve look at home!

two gold metallic pumpkins with black glitter polka dots on white pedestals

What You Need

  • Metallic spray paint
  • Round sponge brush
  • White crafts glue
  • Glitter in color of choice
  • Crafts paint to match glitter
  • Regular paintbrush
  • Old newspapers or cloth

Step 1: Spray Paint the Pumpkins

gold pumpkins as centerpiece on table set for Thanksgiving

First, set out old newspapers or a cloth to protect your work area and make clean up easier. Spray pumpkins in any size with gold, silver, or copper metallic spray paint. Decorate several pumpkins in a mix of metallic tones, or just choose one color you love for all the pumpkins. Allow to dry fully.

Step 2: Add Glue

person applying glue to gold pumpkin with circle foam brush

If you want to add glitter dots, here's how: Dip a small round sponge brush in white liquid glue and then stamp it onto your pumpkin. To make sure you get a perfect circle, twist the handle gently for a smooth edge. Only do a small section at a time, or the glue dots will dry out before you get to the next step.

Step 3: Sprinkle on Glitter

person sprinkling black glitter onto gold pumpkin

Take a small amount of glitter in the color of your choice and shake it over the glue, making sure to cover the circle completely. Brush or gently blow away any excess glitter. Be sure to have newspaper underneath your pumpkin during this step to catch any falling glitter. Afterward, you can easily wrap it up to throw away.

Step 4: Embellish the Stem

person painting pumpkin stem with black paint

It's all in the details for these glitter pumpkins, so we decorated the stem, too. Carefully paint the stem in a color that matches the glitter. While it's still wet, sprinkle additional glitter onto the paint for a textured effect. Brush off excess and let dry before displaying. If these polka dots aren't your style, try different shapes—stars, hearts, triangles, or even sparkly stripes marked off with painters tape.  

More Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Candy Corn Painted Pumpkins

If glitter dots aren't your style, try a different painted pumpkin idea. We have abstract pumpkins with mod lines or dainty stenciled patterns, plus classic pumpkin designs like black cats, spiders, and witch legs. For the candy corn pumpkins shown here, all you need is white and yellow spray paint! Get inspiration below:

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