Perfect Painted Pumpkins

Think it takes too much time to carve a pumpkin? Why not try painting a pumpkin using our easy instructions.

Skip the carving -- by painting a Halloween pumpkin you can create spooky designs without the mess. We've got the tips for success!

Paint with a Stencil

  1. Find a stencil you like, and cut out your pattern. We used a creepy cat.
  2. Pin the pattern in place onto the pumpkin. Stick the pins in key spots like face, tail, body, and legs.
  3. Trace the pattern onto your pumpkin with a pencil. 
  4. Remove stencil.
  5. Paint the cat one section at a time; start with the largest area, and use a large brush.
  6. Paint details with a fine-tip brush.

Pumpkin-Painting Tips

  • Test latex or acrylic paints in a hidden spot on the pumpkin. Pumpkins have a waxy surface that repels some paints.
  • Use a latex primer if you want to paint the entire pumpkin.
  • After the primer has dried, brush or spray a coat of paint onto the entire pumpkin. For deeper color, apply a second coat.
  • Paint designs with latex or acrylic paint using a fine-tip artists brush. Or try an acrylic paint pen for greater control.
  • Age the surface with an antiquing stain, if desired. 
  • Apply a coat of polyurethane to protect the painted design and to make the pumpkin shine.

Browse Dozens of Painted Pumpkins

Paint Pumpkins of a Different Color

Don't let orange pumpkins have all the fun. Pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes, as well as colors. Check out these pretty paint ideas for pumpkins of a lighter fair.

Paint Neutral-Color Pumpkins

Paint with a Doily

Love lace? This how-to stencil will make any pumpkin look lovely in lace with the help of a doily. Check out the link below to see how it's done.

How to Paint Lace


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