Pumpkin Painting Inspiration

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 This is a sponsored post by Rich Foods, via Sverve for #smokehousebbq. All opinions are 100% mine.

 Every year my family likes to spend at least one day before Halloween and carve our pumpkins that will sit on our steps for the neighborhood to see. We all have fun with this activity but the only problem is once the pumpkin is gutted and exposed it doesn’t last very long. So this year I am attempting to paint my pumpkins for Halloween instead of cutting them up, I’m hoping they will last longer this way.

Our first step was to head out to the Pumpkin Farm and pick out the biggest most beautiful pumpkins we could find.



There were so many to choose from but I think we selected the perfect pumpkins. When looking for a pumpkin to paint I try to keep in mind a flatter face makes it easier to add designs and details. Now that we have our perfect pumpkins, it’s time to paint and decorate them.


I painted this pumpkin gold, including the stem. I love the eye catching shine this color creates. I waited for it to dry, the bottle said about a half hour so I patiently waited until it was dry to the touch. I then dipped a doily into maroon paint and pressed it down on the flattest side of the pumpkin ensuring the entire doily made good contact with the surface. After it dried I added a maroon and gold ribbon to the top to really set off the colors.


For this pumpkin I used the opposite technique to achieve the leafy look. I grabbed a few leaves from my yard and taped them to the pumpkin. Be sure not to have any tape showing, I folded it in half and pressed down firmly on the center and edges of the leaves. I used a spray glitter and covered the face of the pumpkin making sure to get the edges of the leaves. After it has dried a little bit I removed the leaves and used a gold paint to mark the details of the leaves to being out the shape. I added a brown bow with gold trim and love the way it turned out.


This may be my favorite to work on, it is simple and really makes a statement. I just painted the entire pumpkin in a black paint then painted over it with transparent glitter. I then used a shiny colored bow to add that pop of color to the top and really make this pumpkin stand out.

Have fun painting your pumpkins and be sure to take pictures and share them with us!


  1. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} says

    This turned out really cute! I love the idea of painting them vs. carving. The little ones can carve for fun, but I’d love to paint a couple just to decorate on the porch with.

  2. Alaina Bullock says

    I love the idea of painting pumpkins instead of carving! It’s so much faster and cleaner, and there are so many options! I really like the bow you added to your third pumpkin – it looks great!

  3. Alli says

    I just love your painted pumpkins, especially the gold one. The doily print in maroon adds the perfect touch! Lovely!

  4. Stephanie Rose says

    These are great and they give me some great ideas on how to do ours next year. We are always looking for new paint ideas for our pumpkins.

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