1, 2, Boo: Easy DIY Painted Pumpkins

Here’s the thing. As much fun as carving pumpkins is—and honestly, it’s a blast—the downside is that once you’ve cut into them they don’t last for more than a few days. If you’re keen on decor that lasts for at least a month, perhaps a painted pumpkin is more your thing. Your crafting options are endless, but today we’re focusing on a gold, white, and black color scheme that incorporates a buggy silhouette and some fun sayings. Let’s dive in.

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin (real or faux)
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint (we’re using gold, white, and black)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Stencils (or you can make your own)

Prep Your Supplies

If you’ve purchased real pumpkins, scrub the exterior, dry them off, and then spray paint. The spray paint will dry quickly and take way less time than painting a large pumpkin with a brush. You can also use a faux pumpkin (available at craft stores) that’s already painted. The upside with faux pumpkins is that they’ll last from season to season. Today we’re using both real and fake. In addition to spray paint, we recommend using a heavy-bodied acrylic paint. Watercolor won’t show up well or hold its form and oil paint will take days to dry.

Silhouetted Bug

Once your pumpkins are uniformly colored, it’s time to decorate! For the silhouetted bug option, take a large stencil and attach it to your pumpkin with push-pins or double-sided tape. (If you don’t have a stencil, you can also print a picture and cut it out like we did.) Trace around the stencil with a thin pen and then take your time painting it black. Start around the edges with a small paint brush, then fill in the interior portion.

Not feeling a bug silhouette? Try a bat, spider, coffin, or ghost!

Lettered Pumpkins

If you trust your handwriting skills, all you have to do is gently write your desired phrase on your pumpkin and then paint over it. Alternatively, use stencils.

Try one of these fun phrases:

  • I Put a Spell on You
  • Double, Double, Toil & Trouble
  • Oh, What Another Glorious Morning!
  • Ghouls Gather Here
  • Boo!
  • Spooked ya!
  • Witches and Stitches! 
  • Ahhhh!
  • Oh, the Horror!
  • Let’s Get Wicked

To preserve your faux pumpkin from this season to next, use a sealant over the finished product (you can get this in spray paint form). If you’re painting multiple pumpkins to put on display together, make sure to get a variety of sizes. It’ll create more balance! Oh, and when you’re painting, make sure to take your time and to have fun with the process. Put on some music, and try not to focus too much on getting it perfect. There’s a lot of charm in the tiny imperfections!

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About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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One Response to 1, 2, Boo: Easy DIY Painted Pumpkins

  1. Ziah 11/12/2018 at 3:40 am #

    hy Dear,
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