DIY Paint Dipped Pumpkins

I think I’m over the whole pumpkin carving thing. It’s always harder than I remember and I end up getting frustrated that I can’t get it perfect. So this year, I decided to paint some simple color blocked pumpkins! Although I am calling them paint dipped pumpkins, they are not actually dipped, they just look like it!

Paint Dipped Pumpkins DIY

The first thing you need to do is section off your pumpkin with masking tape. You can tape it right down the center if you like, but I decided to tape mine at an angle to make it a little more interesting! Make sure the tape is firmly pressed down, otherwise your paint will run underneath it. Once you get the tape in place, you will want to prime your pumpkin with white acrylic paint. This makes sure that the color you choose is not dulled by the orange of the pumpkin. I applied two coats letting it dry in between.

Tape and Prime Pumpkins First

After the white primer is dry, now comes the fun part! Pick whatever color acrylic paint you like and paint over the same area of the pumpkin that is now white.

Paint Palette

I painted one with neon pink and one with black. For the pink, it took three coats to cover fully and the black only took one coat, it just depends on the color and thickness of the paint you are using.

DIY Fluorescent Pink Painted Pumpkins

Once you achieve the coverage that you are happy with and your colored paint dries, pull the tape off being very careful not to pull the paint off with it. And there you have it, a beautifully simple dipped pumpkin!

Ciera with DIY Fluorescent Pink Painted Pumpkin

I also decided to glam this Halloween up with a glitter dipped pumpkin. For this one, instead of priming with white, I primed the pumpkin with gold acrylic paint. Once that was dry, I painted the same area with Modge Podge and then sprinkled gold glitter over the glue covered area.

Glitter Dipped Pumpkins DIY

Materials for painted pumpkins: masking tape, white acrylic paintcolor acrylic paint, paint brush

Color Blocked Pumpkins DIY: Black, Gold, Pink

Materials for glitter pumpkins: masking tape, gold acrylic paint, Modge Podge, paint brush, gold glitter

Modern Painted Pumpkins DIY

Even though Halloween is right around the corner you still have time to brighten up your home with these quick and easy DIY pumpkins!

Paint Dipped Pumpkins & Skull

My sister and I worked on our pumpkins together so you can head over to her blog, Sequin Crush, for even more awesome DIY pumpkins!

Even More Pumpkin DIYs Over On Sequin Crush

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  1. Hi Ciera! I’m in love with these pumpkins. They’re just beautiful and I love the colors and glitter you used.
    Just letting you know I included them in my round up of favorite Halloween ideas posted on my blog today :)
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi, What a beautiful site you have and so many wonderful ideas! I love these paint dipped pumpkins! –So much so that I tried one myself! It’s not as beautiful as yours, but I thought you might like to know that I featured it in my blog post here: and I also pinned it!

    Happy fall and Halloween!


  3. Love these, Ciera! What a great way to decorate a pumpkin without having to carve it! I hope you don’t mind if I share it in a roundup of pumpkin-decorating ideas! :) -April

  4. I love this! I wish I had seen this sooner! If I had I would so have some glammed up, glittery pumpkins on my porch!

  5. These are rocking pumpkins. They look like they’re about to start a glamrock group.

    I find it interesting that painting pumpkins is really in this year. We still haven’t done anything with ours, but we’re probably doing the traditional carving thing.

  6. Very fun! i love them!

  7. really love it :)

  8. Your pumpkins look great! And now I see how simple is it to do.

  9. I just popped over from Shannon Hearts – how fun are these pumpkins? I especially love the glittered one!

  10. Those are way to cute – I really want to make a sparkly one now – it looks so much mess and fun!

  11. love these so fun and colorful!

  12. Too much fun! I love how neat and easy you made it look. =)

  13. I love these! So stylish and easy. <3 Melissa

  14. I love your paint dipped pumpkins!! Such a fresh and modern take on pumpkin decorating. I think I’m over pumpkin carving as well. This looks WAY cuter!

  15. My daughter, 13, loved these so much she painted her own today! So cute and it kept her busy for a whole afternoon!Thanks!♥

  16. Oooh I like them!

  17. I don’t think I’ve ever carved a pumpkin before. These are a much better alternative! I mean, who could resist a neon pink pumpkin?!

  18. These are really cute! A nice change from the traditional carving… I thought about carving pumpkins this year, and then realized that I always hate carving pumpkins and get tired of it about 1/2 way through (typically right after I have to pull the insides out), so maybe I’ll paint some instead!

    • Thanks! Paint is much easier and neater, if you don’t want a mess, DON’T try the glitter one, I have had glitter all over me for days!

  19. What a great idea. My little boy said they we’re pretty too :)

  20. Wow, i love your work, very modern style jeje


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