Pumpkin season is here, and there is no good reason to have only classic orange pumpkins on your porch if your decor style requires a little something more! Not only can you buy white pumpkins and those gorgeous greyish green pumpkins, you can also reserve a couple hours to DIY some decorative pastel pumpkins.
Pumpkin painting is a fun alternative to carving, and your masterpiece will last a lot longer! Your pastel pumpkins will give your porch a festive, on-trend look, and are seriously affordable. Of course, your gorgeous pumpkins shouldn’t be relegated to only the porch! Put them on the mantel, nestle a trio of tiny pumpkins on your dining room table, heck, put some in your hall bathroom! Your autumn inspired pastel pumpkins will look great all over the house. So, get your crafty-self in gear and start planning your pastel pumpkin painting party!
Pastel Pumpkin DIY:
What you need:
- A pumpkin - or pumpkins, in a variety of sizes for a cute collection
- Acrylic paint
- Gold metallic paint
What you do:
Choose your pumpkin. It should sit easily, and not roll. It should have no signs of bruising or rot. Pro tip: be sure not to carry your pumpkin by its cute little stem because it can detach from the pumpkin pretty easily.
Prepare your pumpkin. Wipe off your pumpkin with a baby wipe or cleaning wipe. This helps prevent premature rotting. Dry thoroughly.
Prepare your crafting area and gather supplies. Lay down newspaper to protect surfaces and gather paint, paint brushes and a few rags to wipe up spills.
Get started painting! Acrylic paint is the easiest, fastest drying paint, and is available in tons of colors. (Remember that you can make any color more pastel by mixing in white paint with the color). Paint an even coat over the whole pumpkin (paint the bottom first, so it’s already mostly dry when you need to sit it on its cute little pumpkin butt).
If you are adding a second layer of paint, let the first layer dry completely.
While you're waiting for the pumpkin to dry, use the gold metallic paint to paint the stem.
(Optional) Seal your pastel pumpkin. If you’d like your pumpkin to last longer than a few weeks, you can apply a sealer once the paint is dry. You’ll probably be ready to swap your pastel pumpkin for winter decor before then, though!
(Obvious disclaimer) Of course, these pumpkins are for decor, and never for making into pie once it’s painted. It goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway!