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40+ Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Brushes at the ready, boos. This Halloween, skip the mess of carving and paint your pumpkins, instead.

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Photo: Karen Kavett. From: HGTV Handmade.

Pumpkin Painting Ideas

Fun and festive, painted pumpkins are the perfect way to get crafty this scary season. Not only are they an interactive Halloween kids' craft idea, but they also double as personalized Halloween decor for both indoors and out. From floral blooms and buffalo check patterns to frightening classics like vampires and bats, we have a painted pumpkin idea for every style. Get inspired by these no-carve, creative ways to gussy up faux and real gourds for fall decorating, and prepare to have the best pumpkins on the block all season long.

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Watercolor Bloom Pumpkin

Skip the ghouls and goblins and give your pumpkin the garden treatment with a halo of brilliant, blended blooms. Artist Amy Moffat started with a matte aqua base and used bold, imperfect strokes of pink and orange paint to create pretty, peach posies. The floral pumpkin is made complete with dimensional emerald leaves and a shining, gilded stem.

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Photo: Sarah Busby

Charming + Checkered Pumpkin

Nothing spells fall quite like cozy checkered tops, plaid throws and buffalo-print tablecloths. Celebrate the season with painted pumpkins that match your favorite flannel. Not only are our DIY buffalo check pumpkins crazy-cute but they’re simple to recreate at home and can be customized with colors of your choice. Get the full how-to and a list of materials to get started in the link below.

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Photo: Kara Whitten

Color-Block Pumpkin

Disco balls and painted pumpkins? Kailo Chic's Kara Whitten created the perfect bright and shiny Halloween pairing. To recreate this look, tape off the top half of your pumpkin and paint the bottom a bright, energetic hue. Once dry, remove the tape and paint the top a complementing (or contrasting) color for a groovy display.

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