Halloween is right around the corner and sometimes we are completely out of ideas at carving the pumpkins to greet the trick-or-treaters or house guests.
But this time around, we decided to be smarter and to choose painting our pumpkins rather than carving them. It is a completely mess-free and one of the great activities that can be done with your kids on Halloween as well.
These amazing DIY crafts can be applied to other events like Fall or Thanksgiving. To decorate your porch or fireplace mantels. Some of these can also be useful on your dining table too!
All you will need will be some paint, tape, glitter, and other fun accessories for these 18 creative DIY painted pumpkin ideas.
#1 Marbled indigo pumpkins
Courtesy of Sara who loves indigo, this lovely idea involves cute mini white pumpkins (real or even faux ones, available at your local Target).
The indigo hue really renders the pumpkin alive and so beautiful.
#2 DIY pun pumpkins
What about these easy DIY Pun-kins! Get it? Lol.
If you have beautiful handwriting, maybe you can write the text by hand but if you’re like me, then better use some tattoo paper to make it pretty.
I’m definitely here for the boos!
#3 Gold leaf-patterned pumpkin
Anjelika uses faux pumpkins and her creativity to come up with these awesome looking gold pattern pumpkins.
You can replace the gold leaves with confetti or even glitter for a more precious look.
#4 Stripes pumpkin
Sara shares with us her ‘Kate Spade’ inspired black striped pumpkin idea.
Using only some spray paint and tape, she makes this really pretty faux pumpkin to place at your doorstep to impress your guests.
#5 Chalk-painted pumpkins with a wording
Another creative idea is decorating the pumpkin with chalk paint but including a word prior to painting it.
Words like Fall or Halloween or Trick Or Treat can be placed with a glue gun before painting.
#6 Spider web pumpkins
Spiders are always a fan favorite in Halloween decor ideas.
Making a spider web is easy to do on a pumpkin with tape and spray paint.
Add a fake spider and voila!
#7 Poison Apple Pumpkin
This frightening looking pumpkin turned in poison apple.
Beware those people whom the magic mirror says they are the fairest.
Spooky little thingy which will make wonders in front of your porch.
Check the tutorial here.
#8 Toy Story Pumpkins
Yee-haw! Woody is back for an adventurous Halloween night!
And let’s not forget best pal Buzz to accompany Woody!
This handcraft idea is easier than it looks and will be pretty and visible ‘to infinity and beyond’!
#9 Watercolor Pumpkin
For a more colorful Halloween, this watercolor painted pumpkin idea will be ideal.
Courtesy of Rachel, she shows us how to create this easy to do psychedelic rendered pumpkin, for your eyes’ delight.
#10 Fingerprint art pumpkins
This pretty fingerprint art on white pumpkins is so cute and can be done with the whole family.
Just dip your thumb in paint and stamp everywhere.
Then finish off with you and your kids have fun adding the details.
#11 Pumpkin on the menu
For your next Fall or Thanksgiving dinner, this original idea of the menu on the pumpkin will please your guests at the table.
It’s very easy to do and in almost no time.
#12 Orange Ombré Pumpkin
Our next fan favorite for Halloween is always the spooky bat.
Using a white pumpkin and orange paint, you can add the bat wings using some cardstock and hanging with chopsticks or skewers at the back.
#13 Iridescent Pumpkin
For an iridescent look and unreal feel of this otherwise beautiful crafted pumpkin, look no other than this original DIY idea.
It takes some handiwork to get it going using iridescent nail polish, hologram glitter along with other accessories to finish off this amazing looking pumpkin.
#14 Chevron Pumpkins
Your next DIY project could be these cool zig-zag effect on craft pumpkins.
So pretty and cute way to decorate your front door.
#15 Stained glass window pumpkin
What a lovely jewel-toned painted pumpkin idea!
This creation takes inspiration from the pattern of stained glass windows and by using contrasting colors, this pumpkin is such a treat for the eyes!
#16 Glitter decorated pumpkins
Using real or faux pumpkins, you can decorate these pumpkins with the fan favorites like spiders and bats, without forgetting the mischievous and spooky ghosts with the added touch of glitter.
Be prepared for a glitter mess to achieve this sparkly DIY craft.
#17 Face Mask Pumpkin
Hey, pumpkins are like everybody else… they need to relax from time to time.
That’s why pumpkins go to the spa to enjoy some peaceful time. Lol.
This adorable pumpkin face makes a fun way to welcome your guests at your front door.
#18 Feature Creature Pumpkins
The familiar mischievous face of these pumpkins are easily done with markers and in about 5 minutes.
Pumpkins ready and at your service to spook your trick-or-treaters!
These DIY Painted Pumpkin Halloween ideas are really easy and not time-consuming to make. Great for a mess-free activity you can do for the whole family.
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