Learn how to paint a pumpkin for fall decor using paint markers and stencils with a tutorial video. Here's how to make a painted pumpkin. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn a commission.
Don't you just love fall? The weather, the colors, and the pumpkins!!
Pumpkin ideas are such a fun way to decorate for fall. They are great for both indoors and outside, and there are so many fun ways to use them!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Can real pumpkins be painted?
Yes! You can use the same method as outlined below.
I just wouldn't recommend storing them for next year. 😂
How do you preserve a pumpkin after painting?
If you are painting a faux pumpkin like the one in this tutorial, it doesn't really need a protective spray, but you could use a Clear Sealer Spray. This will also make it shinier.
If you are painting a real pumpkin, I would recommend spraying them daily with water that is mixed with a tiny bit of bleach. Don't rub it in, just mist it and let it air dry. This will help keep the pumpkin hydrated and protect against rot.
While this method helps, it won't stop the pumpkin from aging and rotting altogether.
Are there other paints I could use to paint my pumpkin?
Absolutely! Craft paint also works great. Then you would also need a paintbrush to paint your design.
This painted pumpkin is super easy to make, and don't worry you can use a stencil so you don't have to paint by hand.
Supplies You'll Need to Create this Project:
Of course, you can use any color of pumpkin, and any stencil to fit your style.
Tracing the Stencil:
Start with the stencil and a pencil. Trace the vines around the pumpkin. You can trace as many vines as you want. Close together or far apart, the design of the pumpkin is completely up to you.
I wanted my pumpkin mostly full of vines with only a little space between the vines.
Paint with Paint Marker:
The next step is painting, but don't worry you don't need paint and a paintbrush. All you need is a gold paint pen.
Simply go over the top of your traced lines and fill in.
Start on one side of the pumpkin and move your way around until you have colored the entire pumpkin.
Be careful that you let each section dry properly before you move on. The back might smudge while you're working on the front.
The finished pumpkin is so pretty!
This is home decor I will bring out and put on display year after year, and it was so easy to customize!
These painted pumpkins are so simple that you could easily make several to add to your pumpkin decor.
Our Crafting Essentials List:
- The Cricut Cutting Machine is easily our favorite crafting tool. We use it in so many of our tutorials!
- These MakerX Crafting Tools are perfect for keeping in the craft room, and are always ready when you need them!
- This Fiskars Paper Trimmer is easy to use and cuts nicely without frayed edges.
- These Scotch Precision Scissors cut like a dream and you get multiple pairs in a pack!