Hot Girl Fall participants, listen closely, as there’s an essential activity update that must be acknowledged. One of the best parts of the season is the opportunity to flex those decor skills, but (and I’m speaking from personal experience here) you shouldn’t have to whip out a full tool kit to join in on the whole front step pumpkin party. And to bear the responsibility of tracking down all of the stray pumpkin seeds strewn across your kitchen floor? It’s a no. That’s why we must thank the heavens that there’s an alternative that’s equally cute and festive, and it’s pumpkin painting!
Pumpkin decorating is such a fun way to celebrate the spooky szn and get those creative juices flowing. Plus, pair it with some candy and a bottle of wine, and you’re getting the perfect Halloween group activity. When it comes to the items you’ll need, different ~artistic visions~ require different materials, whether it’s chalk paint, acrylic paint, or a watercolor-based masterpiece, but you can add them to your Amazon cart or stock up with a quick trip to your local craft store.
But let me not get ahead of myself. If you’re still in the pumpkin design concept phase, we’re here to help. We’ve tracked down 25 absolutely adorable pumpkin painting ideas that’ll add some real seasonal cheer to your space. Whether it be a tongue-in-cheek pun or a plaid pattern, these are the hottest pumpkin lewks of 2022. Ya heard it here first babe.
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Calligraphy Name Pumpkin
Sometimes you’ve gotta let the people know exactly who you are! To make that easier, a little branded pumpkin is such a cute idea. Using your initials or your fam’s last name are fun options too. Plus, if you don’t even feel like actually painting for this, you can order pre-made pumpkins!
Plaid Pattern Pumpkin
I love the whole “New England prep school in the Fall” vibe here. Plus, adding that pop of color on the stem tops it off perfectly. A lovely little addition to your fall decor collection.
Here’s a super festive design, and no actual insects are involved—just some black paint and white cords. Ain’t that a blessing?
Dark Floral Decal Pumpkin
White Floral Patterned Pumpkin
No, forgoing a base coat is not lazy, it’s simply a creative choice! And look at how well it can pay off here with these floral patterns, which you can achieve with just a white paint pen.
Zig Zag Pumpkin
Giving your pumpkin a geometric design can go a long way. Plus this one doesn’t require too much artistic skill, so there’s a plus!
Dip Dye Metallic Pumpkin
Polka Dot Pumpkin
She’s simple as hell to make with just a few paint colors and circular stamps, and she’s an absolutely delightful tabletop decoration. She is the polka dotted pumpkin.
Drip Paint Pumpkin
The best part about this idea is that the less refined it is, the better. No stress if you don’t know your way with a paintbrush, bc you’re basically just dipping and dripping.
This area-code design is a great way to show your hometown some subtle love (a state decal will also do the trick). If you are into this idea but don’t wanna pick up a state-shaped stencil, you can order pre-made state stickers for your pumpkin here and then paint it your fave color.
Movie Character Pumpkins
Give your fave pop culture icons a wink with this idea. Halloween-y characters like the Sanderson sisters made with paint and paper seem like the obvious choice (somehow these look just like them?), but hey, go for whatever your heart desires.
Tropical Island Pumpkins
Yes, you can still harness summertime island girl vibes in the middle of autumn. This white stenciled monstera leaf and brightly colored design says that’s totally fine.
Neutral Chalk Toned Pumpkins
Aesthetically pleasing pumpkins are within reach, ppl! Painting a whole bunch of mini ones with chalky finish craft paint and scattering them throughout your space creates such a cute fall vibe.
Gold Lettered Pumpkin
This shimmery pumpkin witch’s spell book look is like, just creepy enough. It comes together pretty easily too, with only a few materials like gold metallic and matte black paint!
There’s nothing more generous than providing all of your neighbors/visitors/onlooking pedestrians with a timely pun. “Creep it real,” honestly? Too good.
Festive Fall Designed Pumpkin
To the girls that yearn all year for the crunchy fall leaves, this one is for you. You can make it happen with four shades of autumn-y paint colors, some leaf stencils, and some commitment.
New rule: Trees shouldn’t be reserved for Christmas. I see no better way to usher in this trend than with this 3-tier pumpkin masterpiece. Just FYI that this one’s for intermediate crafters.
Rainbow Glitter Pumpkin
Monster Faces Pumpkins
This concept allows you to fully commit to the spirit of Halloween. Try a collage of witches’ hats, Frankensteins, or black cats! Whatever suits your fancy.
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