Here’s a fun, easy way to turn your mix-matched pumpkins into elegant looking vintage-inspired decor. How? With paint, of course. With this easy, DIY guide I will show you how to turn your misfit pumpkins into beautiful DIY vintage-inspired painted pumpkins.
Why We Love DIY Painted Pumpkins
If you’re at all like us, you collect decor items randomly, here and there, one or two at a time. This seems to be the case with pumpkins especially. They are so CUTE! We love them in every shape, size and color. But in the end you wind up with a collection of pumpkins, while cute, that don’t make a lot of sense in your home decor. And while we LIKE orange, we are not always in the MOOD for orange. So…this year we decided to add a little cohesiveness (and a bit more elegance, in our opinion) to our fall decor by adding a bit of paint.
Before Pic: DIY Painted Pumpkins
Here is our mix-matched crew of collected pumpkins.
You can see they need some cohesion if we are going to use them all.
DIY Painted Pumpkins Step by Step
Step 1. Gather your tools and materials
Gather your tools together so you are ready to create.
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DIY Painted Pumpkins Material List
- A collection of misfit pumpkins. For this occasion you may also want to visit your local Dollar Store to add some cheap pumpkins to the mix. If you need more you can shop the link below for white pumpkins. This will save you a step (painting them white). All you will have to do is add your vintage detail.
- White spray paint. Matte or gloss. White or cream. (The collection above was completed with one can, but I would be safe and get 2.) I used white, shop directly below.
But we also love the idea of the color option: Matte French Cream, for a softer look. Shop below.
- Burnt Umber craft paint
- Small paint brush
- Aluminum foil
- Painter’s tape
- Paper towels
Step 2. Cover Stems of your DIY Painted Pumpkins
Using aluminum foil, cover the stems. Seal the edges with blue painters tape to protect the stems from the paint.
Step 3. Prep the Area
Lay your pumpkins out on a drop cloth in a well-ventilated area like an open garage.
Step 4. Spray Paint to create your DIY Painted Pumpkins
Spray a couple of light coats of paint on your pumpkins. Just follow general spray paint instructions. Do several light coats. Then turn them over to get the underside.
Step 5. Painting the Vintage Effect of your DIY Painted Pumpkins
- When your pumpkins are dry (and all white) you can bring them inside to do this next step.
- Using your small paint brush and Burnt Umber craft paint, paint a stripe of paint into each of the crevices of the pumpkin.
- Do two stripes at a time and then wipe with your paper towel to create a smudge.
- How much you take off is totally up to you.
- The idea is that you don’t want the pumpkins to look “striped.” Instead you want to create an antiqued look as if dirt has settled into the cracks and created an aged or vintage look.
Your Finished DIY Painted Pumpkins
Step 6. Styling
Next, it’s time for my favorite part….Styling! Have fun decorating with your “new” vintage-looking pumpkins.
For more fun fall craft ideas take a look at this fun project: