Trade in the carving knife for a paintbrush! This year opt to paint your pumpkins rather than carving them. It’s less messy and something the whole family can participate in. Click through for 35 inspiring ideas for festive fall decorating.
Twirl for Swirls
A Galaxy Far, Far Away
If you're a Star Wars-loving household then you have to make these! Inspired by some of the droids from the movie franchise, DIY Candy created her own replicas of R2-D2 and C-3PO. With spray paint, markers, and a little love you can have these guys sitting on your front steps too.
Make a Statement
Pretty, Pretty Princess
Need a pumpkin for your pretty princess? A Pumpkin and a Princess has tutorials for Disney-princess inspired pumpkins, like this Elsa one. Paint them and dress them up with sparkles, sequins, and obviously a crown—whatever your little empress decrees!
Snap to It
Grab some paint, paper, scissors, and glue to make Snapchat face filter pumpkins. When you finish you know what you gotta do—take a selfie with them!
Bright and Bold
Sometimes simplicity yields the best result. Spray paint mini pumpkins in various shades for a boost to your decor.
Out of this World
Freehand Fall Art
Stop to Smell the Roses
Trick or Treat
There's more to Halloween than jack-o'-lanterns. Dress up your pumpkins in the second-most festive Halloween icon—candy corn! With only three colors of paint—yellow, orange, and white—your festive pumpkins will get the extra-special festive treatment.
Mark It Up
These glam pumpkins can't get much easier to make. Paint the pumpkin in one color and let it dry. Then, using an accent color paint quick brushstrokes all around. With these pumpkins, you'll have the trendiest Halloween decor on the block.
Glitter and Ghouls
Polka Dot Pumpkins
Even if you aren't the most artistic person, chances are you can handle a polka dot design. If you want to take it a step further, add a little glitter on top of the dots.
Use your pumpkin to pen a message to everyone who arrives—"Happy Halloween" or "Boo" are standard fare, but Studio DIY has some clever Halloween puns you could borrow too.
Piece of Cake
Serve up this delicious piece of décor at your next fall birthday bash. Painted pumpkins of three different sizes hot-glued into a stack and topped with “sprinkles” make this DIY treat look good enough to eat. All that’s left to do is hot-glue on a candle—and blow it out! Visit a Subtle Revelry for the full tutorial.
These no-carve mint-green gourds are as fresh as a summer’s day, but you can make them this fall in minutes. Coat the bottoms in mint-green chalkboard paint followed by a true green for the stems. Finally, go for gold—the gold foil paint pen, that is—to adorn the top of the pumpkins in metallic flecks that shimmer in the light.
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Mud Cloth Makeover
You can achieve this rich color by priming your pumpkins first. Don't forget to tape all the way around to end up with a clean line where paint ends and pumpkin begins.
A Timeless Touch
The Hudson Bay Point Blanket and the Pendleton National Parks Blankets are both iconic for their bold stripe prints. Heather from Heathered Nest used the blankets as inspiration for decorating her pumpkins. Follow her tips to achieve the same pattern on your pumpkins. The bright statement-making stripes are the perfect colors for the season.
A Groovy Look
Mad for Plaid
Power of Paint
What are you waiting for? Pick up your pumpkins and grab the paint supplies to create some delightful Halloween decor.
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