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Make These Easy DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall

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Inside: You’ll love these easy DIY painted pumpkins for fall! They are the perfect way to spruce up your front porch decor or tablescape.

I have a confession to make:

I’m not a big fan of Halloween decorations.

But I still like to be festive and put up some fall front porch decor every year.

If you don’t love Halloween decorations either, I have the perfect solution!

Make these beautiful ombre DIY painted pumpkins.

They are so simple and you can customize them however you’d like.

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Pink and white DIY painted pumpkins

(Chalk paint is the best paint for pumpkins!)

How to make these DIY Painted Pumpkins

1. To start, wipe each of the pumpkins down with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt and to make sure the surface is clean for painting. 

Plastic pumpkins sit on a table before being painted

2. Next, group the pumpkins together how you’d like to paint them to make sure you don’t have too many pumpkins of the same color.

3.  Start with the powder pink chalk paint and paint two pumpkins that color. Once they are done, set them on the paper bag to dry.

The best paint for DIY pumpkins.DIY pumpkins sit on a paper bag after being painted

4. Next, paint one pumpkin in the blush paint.

5. For the rest of the pumpkins, use a 2:1 ratio of paint. Two of them can be 2 parts powder pink and 1 part blush. And the other two can be 2 parts blush and 1 part powder pink.

(These 4 pumpkins ended up looking very similar, but if you’re really looking closely you can see a slight difference in shade.)

Pumpkins and paint sit on a table

6. Once the pumpkins are dry enough to move, painted the stems. This will take 2 coats of paint to cover the black stem.

(The gold I used was pretty yellow too, so if you want a softer color, I would suggest getting a lighter shade of gold.)

Fall decorations you can DIY.

Personalize Your DIY Painted Pumpkins

If pink isn’t your thing (it’s not for everyone) you could TOTALLY do this project with other colors!

I think navy pumpkins with gold stems would be amazing or shades of green or even just black and white.

I love that you can customize this project for your personal taste and decor.

You can also use these DIY painted pumpkins inside instead of putting them on the porch like I did. You could get smaller pumpkins to put on your coffee table, or use these as a centerpiece on your table.

The possibilities are endless!

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DIY outdoor decor for fall

Pumpkins for front porch decorating ideas for fall.

Tips and Tricks

Cute fall porch ideas with DIY pumpkins.

You could definitely do this project with real pumpkins, but I’m all about saving money and time, so I just bought the plastic ones so I can reuse them year after year.

I thought I would need 2 coats of paint for the pumpkins, but they were completely covered with just one coat!

Make sure the pumpkins are completely dry before you try and pick them up to avoid having to repaint. It’s best to pick the pumpkins up by the stem when you are moving them so you don’t smudge the paint.

Want More?

If you liked these DIY painted pumpkins, learn how to make this easy modern fall wreath in an hour!

DIY fall wreath for modern Fall decor

Your Turn

If you have any questions about my DIY painted pumpkins, let me know in the comments!

And, if you’ve got any great DIY outdoor fall decor ideas, feel free to share them below.

Fall porch decorating ideas using simple and cheap painted pumpkins.

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Ashley Ziegler

Thursday 10th of October 2019

These are so cute! Makes me want pink pumpkins!


Saturday 12th of October 2019

Thank you so much Ashley!! Give me all the pink haha!