Painting Pumpkins – A twist on the traditional


 When you are wanting to jump on the colorful pumpkin kick and all you have or can find is the traditional orange, what do you do? Paint them of course!



Hi there! Painting pumpkins is a great way to update and revamp your current Fall decor, That is what I did for this season. I love seasonal decorating but it can become expensive very quickly. I usually hunt for clearance and sales item and I try to limit myself to just a few items a year.

Most of my fall decor ranges from 1 year to 20 years old. My pumpkins are about 8 years old and I have arranged them several ways over the years but I was ready shake things up a bit.

Painting Pumpkins is super easy with the right paints, I tried a few different types and here are my results.

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First up: Acrylic craft paint

While I deep affection for acrylic craft paints and use them for many projects – the white acrylic paint took too many coats and a long time to dry.

Even after several coats, the pumpkins still had a little orange peeking through. I think a bit of orange shining through give them character but if you are wanting opaque coverage, be prepared to paint, paint, and paint some more!

Basket of painted pumpkins


These little guys found their way into my basket last season. I did use acrylic craft paint on these and added a glossy non-yellowing finish. I love how they look with my wedding china. Perfect for tying a little craft paper tag or leaf for guests, don’t you think?


Small pumpkin place card

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Second up: Chalk paint

I grabbed a jar of grey chalk paint that I had purchased for another project. You can read about that project here if would like. 

Anyway back to pumpkins. The chalk paint did a wonderful job and I only had a couple of areas that needed a second coat. The chalk paint finish lends an almost velvety look to me and I dig the serene look. A little liquid gold paint on the stem and they are just gorgeous!


Dark Gray Chalk finish on pumpkins

Third up: Fusion Paint

I was digging through my hoard collection of paints and found this great little product. The paint glides on and has excellent coverage. Out of the three paints, this one won my favor.


Large gold and white pumpkin


I decided to glam up my pumpkins by using liquid Gold leaf and a small square tip brush. I painted the stems after I painted the main part of the pumpkin. Maybe next year I will try spray chalk paint and add a few designs to my pretty pumpkins.


The little guy in this picture lost his stem a while back but I just didn’t have the heart to throw it out, I mean, have you priced fake  Faux pumpkins lately?!?

I took scrap ribbon and made a poofy little bow and tucked the wire in (you can find my easy tutorial here).

No need to permanently attach unless you really want to. I get bored and like to switch out the ribbon.

I’m thinking I need to add a few more fancy pumpkins and gords to the mix! Now, to find my craft store coupons!


Till Later, Happy Fall decorating!



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  1. Love the look of that slate blue chalk paint! But that fusion white and gold leaf made beautiful pumpkins too! Just a thought…maybe save a stem from a real pumpkin and glue it to the stemless one for next year.

    Thanks for the ideas my friend.

    Hugs, Lynn

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