34 Best Painted Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Your Halloween arrangement is about to get so much more colorful!

Carving isn't the only way to dress up a gourd this October. Mix up your traditional designs with these clever painting ideas.

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Mike Garten
Flower Sash

After coating your gourd in a new bright hue, inject some texture with fresh blooms. Full-petaled favorites like chrysanthemums, dahlias and ranunculus will do the trick. 

What you'll need: pink spray paint ($7, )

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polka dotted pumpkin
Mike Garten
Polka Dots

An all-white pumpkin can be easily made glam with some polka dots and fresh, seasonal florals.

What you'll need: floral wire ($5, ), gold paint ($4, )

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SoCraftastic
Glowing Paint

By day, this colorful paint will set a vibrant tone on your doorstep, but by night it'll pop even more and ensure your handiwork is seen by the entire neighborhood.

What you'll need: paint set ($10, )

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gold painted pumpkin
Romulo Yanes
Seasonal Letters

Spell out spooky messages by painting over stickers, and then peeling them away. 


What you'll need: letter stickers ($6, ), gold paint ($5, )

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reverse silhouette painted pumpkins
Miki Duisterhof
Reverse Silhouettes

Instead of painting on your design, try going around it with the help of stencils. 

What you'll need: black paint ($5, )

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Mike Garten
Ribbon Bats

Don't worry about taping off neat lines. A jagged horizon can set the stage for a spooky swarm. 

What you'll need: black ribbon ($13, ), sewing pins ($6, )

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Dana Gallagher
Black and White

Two graphic shades get the point across clear and simple. Use the free template to trace this bug specimen or sketch out a creepy silhouette of your own.

What you'll need: black paint ($5, ), stencil adhesive ($10, )

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Michael Partenio
"Stamped" Patterns

These intricate motifs are less painstaking than they look. Use stencils for neater (and faster) painting, right down to the fine lines.

What you'll need: stencils ($16, ), black paint ($9, )

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Jennifer Causey
Blackboard Drawings

Write out a new spooky message every day thanks to a versatile coat of .

What you'll need: chalk markers ($10, ), chalkboard paint ($9, )

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James Baigrie
Negative Space

Strategically scratch off a coat of spray paint to reverse the usual color combination.

What you'll need: black spray paint ($4, ), pumpkin scoop ($5, )

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Spooky Tree

Here's some motivation to finally declutter your bookshelf. A floor-to-ceiling display definitely wows more than a pile of old paperbacks.

What you'll need: black paint ($9, ), felt-tip pens ($6, )

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Studio DIY
Monochrome "Punkins"

Cheesy puns aren't just for Valentine's Day cards. These cheeky messages will win over even the grimmest trick-or-treater.

What you'll need: tattoo paper ($6, ), acrylic paint set ($19, )

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numbered pumpkins
BURCU AVSAR
Painted Numbers

As a seasonal alternative, display your house number on a pumpkin and place it outside your front door.

What you'll need: star punch ($8, ), number stickers ($4, )

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QUENTIN BACON
Black Lace

Give your pumpkins a ghastly look by dressing them in — which eerily mimics a spider web in an unexpected way.

What you'll need: mod podge ($10, ), lace ($13, )

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The Casual Craftlete
Matte Hues

Get a textured finish courtesy of trendy chalk paint. These mini pumpkins can do double duty at a Thanksgiving table, too.

What you'll need: blue chalkboard paint ($12, ), black chalkboard paint ($11, )

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Handmade Charlotte
Stenciled Patterns

Vibrant décor chalk paint and stencils yield some pretty groovy pumpkins.

What you'll need: chalk paint ($6, ), foam brushes ($6, )

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Studio DIY
Sprinkled Donuts

Make mini gourds look good enough to eat by painting on some vanilla, chocolate and strawberry frosting — complete with rainbow sprinkles, of course.

What you'll need: acrylic paint set ($19, ), paint brushes ($6, )

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Aww, Sam
Edgy Cactus

If you'd actually prefer that summer had never ended, these prickly lookalikes will transport you to warmer days.

What you'll need: green spray paint ($10, ), colored paper ($15, )

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Craftberry Bush
Blue Porcelain

Clearly this pattern is for more than your favorite vintage china — use a stencil and to recreate every detail.

What you'll need: paint pen ($7, ), blue paint ($7, )

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Freutcake
Handwritten Message

Paint your pumpkin black, and then write out a spooky (or cheery!) message with a .

What you'll need: black spray paint ($4, ), permanent marker ($2, )

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Cuckoo 4 Design
Golden Studs

Add texture to an otherwise smooth surface with .

What you'll need: chalk paint ($13, amazon.com), nailheads ($5, )

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Practically Functional
Teal for a Cause

The color teal may not be a common autumnal hue, but it's still pretty stunning on your front porch. Even better than the aesthetic? has encouraged over 100,000 households to let trick-or-treaters with a food allergy know they can .

What you'll need: teal paint ($4, )

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My Sweet Savannah
Chevron Style

This classic print looks great on a pumpkin. Create perfectly even lines by painting over a taped-on pattern.

What you'll need: painter's tape ($6, ), white paint ($10, )

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Lil Blue Boo
Owl Eyes

This blogger was inspired by sugar skulls when crafting these owl pumpkins. Use a thin permanent marker to make every detail appear.


What you'll need: fake pumpkin ($40, ), permanent marker ($2, )

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Shift Ctrl ART
Silver Leaves

Bury your pumpkin in an array of silver, courtesy of some and leaves.

What you'll need: glue gun ($10, ), spray paint ($3, )

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Spark & Chemistry
Gilded Coloring

Try an ombre effect by painting a teeny gourd in luxe colors that blend.

What you'll need: paint brushes ($5, ), gold paint ($4, )

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Oubly
Chalkboard Greeting

Welcome fall with a DIY sign atop your pumpkin, displaying a friendly message to greet those who pass by.

What you'll need: chalkboard paint ($11, ), chalk ($5, )

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Magia Mia
Spiderweb Style

No two spiderwebs are ever really the same, so keep that in mind when painting them on your pumpkin tops.

What you'll need: black paint ($4, ), glow-in-the-dark paint ($10, )

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A Little Claireification
Scrapbook Paper

Save some pretty paper from your scrapbook and give it a new life as a pumpkin's decorative covering.

What you'll need: mod podge ($10, ), Halloween paper ($21, )

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Architecture of a Mom
Starry Night

Recreate the perfect night sky with a black painted pumpkin and a handful of .

What you'll need: black paint ($4, ), stickers ($5, )

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