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These super creative pumpkin painting ideas and other no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are perfect for Halloween.

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Painted pumpkins are so much fun to create. Have you ever painted a pumpkin before?

There are so many unique and creative ways to paint a pumpkin. I’d rather make a painted pumpkin any day than deal with carving a pumpkin and touching the gooey guts inside. This girl is a fan of no-carve pumpkins!

You can paint real pumpkins and fake craft pumpkins. The benefit of painting a fake pumpkin is that you can keep it from year to year. And if you get tired of the paint one year, you can always re-paint the pumpkin with a new design!

How to Paint a Pumpkin – What kind of paint do I use on pumpkins?

Here are a few different types of paint you can use on pumpkins and the pros and cons of each:

  • Acrylic Craft Paint – The little bottles of paint you can get at any craft store work great for painting pumpkins. They are inexpensive and come in a huge variety of colors. This is my go-to paint for pumpkins.
  • Spray Paint – Spray paint works great on pumpkins for doing a base layer of color, but it’s not very easy to make detailed designs using spray paint.
  • Chalk Paint – Chalk paint has great sticking power and a soft, matte finish and works really well on both fake and real pumpkins.
  • Latex House Paint – If you already have some leftover house paint on hand, you can definitely use it on pumpkins, but it’s more expensive to buy, so I wouldn’t choose this paint otherwise.
  • Kids Tempera Paint – Tempera paint is a great option for kids to use, especially if you buy a washable variety. It may scratch off the surface of real pumpkins, but if you don’t need it to last for a long time, it works just fine.
  • Watercolor – Watercolor paint does technically work on a pumpkin, but because it’s so runny, it drips on the curved surface of the pumpkin, so it can be difficult to work with. Watercolor paint also tends to be quite see-through, so you would definitely need to use another kind of paint as a base coat.

This video tutorial shows you four fun ways to paint a pumpkin!

Pumpkin Painting Video Tutorial

I’ve also gathered over 30 pumpkin painting ideas to inspire you. There’s a style for everybody… spooky, colorful, sophisticated, whimsical. You’ll have a hard time choosing which painted pumpkin to make! Click on the text link with each picture to see more about how to make each individual pumpkin idea.

Pumpkin Painting Ideas

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Plaid just screams fall. Learn how to paint a simple buffalo check plaid onto pumpkins.

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Plaid Painted Pumpkin

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If you want to try painting an abstract design, this one is super fun. Get the look of watercolor by using Sharpie markers!

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Sharpie Watercolor Pumpkins

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These bold, graphic black-and-white pumpkins are really striking!

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Black and White Pumpkins

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Have you seen hydro-dipping before? You mix paint in with water, then dip the pumpkin into the water and all the paint clings to it and you get a marbled effect. Super cool and fun to do.

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Marbled Pumpkins with Nail Polish

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This next idea just makes me giggle. Paint two pumpkins to look like witch legs! I love the stripey tights and pointy shoes. Such a cute way to paint pumpkins!

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Witch Legs

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Get creative by copying fabric patterns freehand with a few colors of craft paint and you’ll end up with some really beautiful painted pumpkins with that artsy vibe.

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Artsy Hand-Painted Pumpkins

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I adore the style of this next pumpkin. That folk art vibe is just so cute! Go blue and white for a Scandinavian vibe or black and orange for a more spooky Day of the Dead look. You’ve got to see both!

Folk Art Pumpkins

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Paint a gorgeous floral motif on pumpkins in pretty fall colors. Love the velvet bow too!

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Gorgeous Floral Fall Painted Pumpkins

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This painted pumpkin idea looks like an old witch’s spell book! It is easy to do and only takes a few craft supplies.

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Spooky Word Painted Pumpkin

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For the princess lover, this glittery whimiscal pumpkin is perfection. Cinderella does have a thing for pumpkins, after all.

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Cinderella Glitter Pumpkin

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Did you doodle in your notebooks as a kid? I sure did! And that’s exactly what this next pumpkin painting idea reminds me of. Grab some paint and start doodling designs until the whole pumpkin is covered.

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Doodle Pumpkin

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Dip white pumpkins in neon paint and let it drip. So cute!

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Neon Dipped Pumpkins

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If you want something a little more shiny, try using metallic paint. I like how this one fades from one color to the other and that copper color? Perfect for fall!

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Metallic Painted Pumpkin

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I’m digging these abstract pumpkins. I think they call this kind of art Memphis style? Whatever it’s called, it’s loads of fun!

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Abstract Colorful Pumpkins

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Here’s an idea for the kids. Turn a pumpkin into an adorable owl!

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No-Carve Owl Pumpkin

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Take inspiration from mud cloth fabric and make these cool boho style pumpkins. Using a paint pen makes it simple!

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Mud Cloth Painted Pumpkins

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If you want something more sophisticated to use for decor, try painting pumpkins in varying shades of the same color. They turn out so pretty!

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Muted Tones Painted Pumpkins

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Okay, these are truly gorgeous. Paint pumpkins inspired by antique blue and white porcelain. I love these!

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Blue Porcelain Painted Pumpkins

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Paint a boho-inspired abstract mountain scene onto pumpkins for really cool landscape art. I love how the two pumpkins go together.

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Mountain Landscape Painted Pumpkins

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Using chalk paint will give you an ultra-matte finish that almost looks like velvet. Pretty neat!

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Vintage Chalk Paint Pumpkins

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Faux Bois is a painting technique that mimics the grain of wood. In black and white, it makes for a really eye-catching pattern on pumpkins!

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Faux Bois Painted Pumpkins

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Have you tried pour art? It’s really fun to do and you never know just how your project will turn out. Try it on a pumpkin!

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Pour Art Painted Pumpkins

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These pumpkins have a similar look to the pour art pumpkins, but you do it by melting crayons and letting the colorful wax drip down the sides. How fun!

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Melted Crayon Pumpkins

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These black and white pumpkins are a lot spookier looking and would be really great to decorate for Halloween.

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Spooky Black and White Pumpkins

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You can tell that the artist who painted these pumpkins was having a great time. I love the idea of a set of pumpkins painted cohesively like this. So pretty! Check out the link… she has a ton of other amazing ones!

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Artsy Painted Pumpkins

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Okay, technically this pumpkin isn’t painted, BUT it’s so cute I had to include it. Use letterboard letters on a pumpkin to spell out a cute fall saying!

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Letterboard Pumpkin

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These pumpkins have a rock and roll attitude that I just love!

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Rock N Roll Pumpkins

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Have a sports lover in your house? Check out this baseball themed pumpkin!

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Baseball Pumpkin

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PUN – kins. Get it? These pumpkins feature cheeky puns on them and I am here for it!

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Funny “Pun”kins

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This might be the most beautiful painted floral pumpkin ever. I just love it! I love the color combination, the chunky brush strokes, the design… everything is perfection.

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Painted Floral Pumpkin

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If you have a Pokeman lover in your house, look how cute the Pikachu and Pokeball painted pumpkins are!

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Pokeman Pumpkins

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They’re metallic. They’re glittery, They’re colorful. Triple win!

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Metallic Glitter Drip Pumpkins

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Check out the link to this post for really cool glow-in-the-dark pumpkin painting ideas. Then they look really good at night on your front porch.

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Glow in the Dark Dot Pumpkin

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If you want a unique color scheme for fall decor, you’re going to want to paint your pumpkins to match. How cute is this whole fall mantel?!

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Colorful Fall Pumpkins

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Tons of no-carve pumpkin ideas all in one place, and these are specifically designed with kids in mind.

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No-Carve Pumpkins

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I love the idea of adding glitter to JUST the stem of pumpkins. It’s such a whimsical touch!

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Watercolor Pumpkins with Glitter Stems

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These next pumpkins are so cute. Use a paint pen or Sharpie to draw mandala-inspired owls onto your pumpkins!

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Sharpie Owls

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Not only is this a really fun painting technique, but this galaxy pumpkin features lights that shine to make constellations! Pretty cool.

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Galaxy Pumpkin

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I totally love this set of hand-painted pumpkins. The color combination is darling and the floral patterns are so cute!

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Muted Florals Painted Pumpkins

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Turn a pumpkin into a poison apple. So clever!

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Poison Apple Painted Pumpkin

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There you have it… tons of creative pumpkin painting ideas.I am going to have a hard time choosing which ideas to do! Which was your favorite pumpkin?

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