Decorate these pumpkins in three easy steps—no carving or paintbrushes required! You won't believe how easy it is to make these gorgeous painted pumpkins.
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This pumpkin decorating project is so easy, anyone (yes, anyone!) can do it. All it takes to make these colorful Halloween decorations is crafts paint and a few faux pumpkins. We'll show you our easiest tips and tricks for creating gorgeous designs with paint poured directly out of the bottle—they're called pour paint pumpkins for a reason, after all!

Of course you can use real pumpkins for this project, but if you opt for faux you'll be able to use them year after year. Use bright orange, green, and black paint to make a festive Halloween decoration, or opt for neutral colors to create a display that can be displayed all season long. No matter what colors you choose, we'll show you how to easily pour the paint and tip your pumpkins for just the right look.

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 24 hrs
  • Difficulty Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

pouring more green paint on pumpkin
green paint drying on pumpkin
Step 1

Pour, Pour, Pour

This project is insanely easy, but it can get messy. Start by choosing a pumpkin: We used an Artificial Carvable Pumpkin, ($25, Funkins), but the colors would pop just as much on a White Artificial Pumpkin, ($13, Amazon). When you're ready to start pouring paint, put a large sheet of crafts paper or newspaper over your crafting surface to collect paint that may run off the end of your pumpkin as you work. To make the rainbow pumpkin, choose your paints. This 18-Count Acrylic Paint Set ($18, Amazon) has almost every color combination you could think of. We started with a base color and poured paint near the stem of the pumpkin. Once the paint begins to run down the side of the pumpkin, you can tilt, rotate, and tap the pumpkin against the table to keep the paint dripping. If you don't want the colors to mix, let this layer of paint dry before adding more. To get a marbled look, apply another color directly on top of this layer before it dries.

adding blue paint to pumpkin
adding yellow paint to pumpkin
Step 2

Shake It Up

Add more colors and layers of paint to create a rainbow look. Shake and tilt the pumpkin as you pour to combine the paint layers as you go—experiment with different shaking methods to get a look you like. We used this 18-Count Neon Paint Set ($13, Target) to create a rainbow pumpkin, but you can use as many or as few colors as you'd like. Add small areas of color around the pumpkin, or create a cohesive layered look by covering the entire pumpkin in one layer of paint and then adding more layers over the top.

close-up detail top half pour paint pumpkin
close-up detail lower half pour paint pumpkin
Step 3

Dry and Display

Once you've covered your pumpkin, let the paint dry fully. So many layers of paint can create a thick surface (especially around the stem) so we recommend letting the pumpkin dry for a full 24 hours; check that the paint is completely dry before moving and displaying your pumpkin.

    Comments (1)

    How difficult was this project?
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    October 13, 2018
    This is so easy compared to the drip painting done in grandson's bedroom...