Hand Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Neon Drip

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Bubblegum Machine

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Sugar Skull

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Fall Flower Vase

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This plaid pumpkin works great as a fall flower vase and decoration. If you want to bring the decorations inside the home as a way to tastefully decorate for fall, then this idea is for you.

Cute Emoji

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If you don't wan't your kids to do too much carving, or know they'll lose interest in carving quickly, then these emoji pumpkins are for you. It's a great way to bring to life the emojis you most frequently use, identify most with, or are known for.

Unique Drip

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You've undoubtedly seen a ton of painted pumpkins by now, but have you seen anything as wild like this? It's like it was painted on a windy day, or one of those mistakes that actually ended up looking great. Unlike mistakes, you can actually recreate this design using a drip painting technique.

Cute Polka

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Some people are too creative! This golden, rich design really brightens up the home. A white base coat and golden sequins is all that is needed to pull off this design. It's easy and fancy, which for the time-concious designer is a win. The most difficult part may be finding enough sequins, but if you like shopping then that may be your type of challenge.

Delectable Doughnut

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Mmmmmm, donuts. You may have to put up a notice alerting others that they are pumpkins and not real donuts if you do this painted design. Or, the sign may need to tell them they are donuts if the paint-job doesn't turn out that great. This is one of those designs everyone can appreciate.

Easy Emoji

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If you paint a pumpkin yellow you get the perfect canvas for emoji faces. This is perfect for families and/or the person whose life is one giant emoji. They are a universal language now too, so everyone will "get" it. It's like painting an inside joke that everyone can appreciate.

Painted Marble

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This paint-job works great on faux pumpkins, and isn't really something you'd do with a live one. It looks too good to let spoil on a live one, so use a porcelain one and use it as a decoration year after year. You'll need nail polish to accomplish this look.

Chalkboard

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Chalkboard paint is great for transforming boring walls into giant chalkboards. But what about pumpkins? It isn't exactly cheap, so you probably won't want to use a live pumpkin for this one. Instead, grab yourself a faux one so you can reuse it every year. It makes a great long-term display that can be customized with whatever written messages you want. Just use chalk to write a message and a cloth to wipe it away. It's a stylish and creative way to showcase messages to your visitors.

Sugar Skull

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Some people use their own artistic abilities to create sugar skulls like this on pumpkins, while other use stencils! This one uses a stencil and looks like the real deal. If you have access to puff paint then you might want to give this a try. You can use glow in the dark fabric paint so your design can hauntingly glow at night!

Porcelain Pumpkins

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If you have the talent for this then here's the design for you. It gives normal pumpkins the highly sophisticated look of precious tableware. You might even forget it's a pumpkin!

Painted Floral

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Who knew the sides of a pumpkin could be used as a canvas for such beautiful artwork? This design is for advanced users, that are familiar with pastel painting. Dare I say, it might even be too beautiful for a pumpkin, and better off on a faux porcelain pumpkin that will last.

Bright Patterns

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Bright colors on pumpkins? People will wonder if you've raided Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and stolen prototype candy pumpkins if you leave these outside.

Golden Confetti

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It may look that way, but it isn't real gold growing out the bottom of these pumpkins - it's actually gold tape! Carefully cut tape to be exact. It's a smart design really, that only takes a white base coat and careful application of gold tape strips.

Floral Pattern

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You saw how great a painted pumpkin looks with painted flowers and floral designs on it, but you already know you can't paint it yourself. Well, there's an easier way. You can simply cut out a floral pattern and apply it to the outside of a pumpkin - kind of like it's an easter egg.

Wonderful Watercoler

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Watercolor looks great on leaves as a fall decoration. It also looks greta on pumpkins. To make the opaque paint stick out you will want to coat your pumpkin with a white base coat. This allows the faintest watercolors to stick out. Watercolors are kid-friendly, less messy, and dry quickly.

Fairytale Magic

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These designs look like they came right off some magical set in some far off and fairytale place. It almost looks like fog is rolling across these pumpkins, but actually, it's paint!

Colorful 90's

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This is an urban 90's pumpkin, with it's exotic colors and odd shapes. Colorful vinyl was used to create this design, and each custom cut piece was adhered to the side like a sticker. It's certainly not your average pumpkin, but with a few of these in place you will have a colorful theme going that will not be missed.

Neon Drip

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Dipping the bottoms of pumpkins in bright radiactive (kidding) paint and then turning them upside down to dry will create a fun wavy drip like pattern. This is something you'll want to do a few pumpkins for, as it looks better as a set with different colors. Use different shapes and sizes for a complete (and interesting) neon set.

Colorful Pour-over

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You probably saw those cool looking neon-drip pumpkins, but have you seen these? They are a brilliant step up in that they use the same idea but more colors. The grooves on the outside of a pumpkin give paint a clear channel to drip down, which creates a unique looking effect.

Glittery Designs

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Add some sparkle to your designs by glueing it on. You've probably done this in art class, but have you done it to a pumpkin? It's remarkably easy, with the hardest part being making the shapes - which you can certainly use stencils for. Applying glue to the shape and then dusting with glitter evenly is the next and most important step.

Sharpie Owls

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Sharpie designs are a fun to look at, I mean, just look at this sharpie owl! It's a patterned arrangement of smaller designs that make the larger design of the owl much more interesting. You might have to be an artist to pull this one off - or just willing to try!

Polka Dot Stripe

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These two-toned pumpkins may just be black and white, but they sure look fun and cute. Tape and two colors of paint are all that's needed to recreate this design. Black and white looks great, but so will other contrasting colors. Glow paint would look great too.

Watermelon

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Why? ....WHY NOT! That's what you'll say to people when they ask why you painted a pumpkin to look like a watermellon. Making fruits out of vegetables is something many veggie-haters can enjoy doing.

Painted Olaf

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This friendly design is based off the lovable snowman Olaf in the Disney movie Frozen. It was done first with the help of a pencil, carefully drawing on the eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth on the pumpkin before tracing over it with black paint. Adults may choose to pencil in the face so that kids can outline it with paint.

Mike Wazowski

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This creative design captures the leading characters reaciton of the Pixar movie Monsters to meeting a human child for the first time. This is a design that is easily penciled in, and then painted in with a medium sized sponge brush - no intricate details here, making it great for kids and adults that want something simple to paint.

Frozen Inspired

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For the adult looking for a creative challenge, this Frozen pumpkin is for you. These design is covered in intricate glitter-snowflakes that complement the sequins dress. The pumpkin is true royalty with its royal blue tiara. A toothpick to draw in the glittery snowflakes and patience are the two biggest requirements for this beatufiul design.

Pete the Cat

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This classic character will look great on your front step this fall. Cardboard was used for the ears, and blue, white, yellow acrylic paints for the colors. The facial features were penciled on and then traced over with a black sharpie.

Painted Pikachu

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This energetic Pikachu was created using a faux pumpkin that will last forever, but really, any regular ol' pumpkin can be used. A small one will increase your creations cuteness factor, while a larger one will garner more attention. Spray painting, marking, glueing, and cutting are required steps - so be ready.

Colorful Owl

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It's amazing how the littlest splashes of colors brightens up the black base coat of these cute owls. This kid friendly design takes no carving, and little technical painting. Big googly eyes and paper are needed to construct the face and wings. Bright markers are used to create the rainbow like squigglies on the owls chest, mimicking feathers of course!

Superhero Inspired

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Show your love for super heroes with these heroic models of the DC Universe's mightiest heroes. Small foam brushes and acyrlic paints are at the top of list of supplies for these bad boys. Pencil in your design before you start painting. For Spider Mans mask you can use puff paint or if you feel really creative you can splurge for glow-in-the-dark fabric paint.

Friendly Mustache Monsters

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Kids will love these neon mustached monsters with googly eyes. They are easy to make too! Just a foam brush, neon acrylic paints, fur, and giant googly eyes are all that's needed to create these comical monsters.

Cosmic

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This design is out of this world! Share your love for the cosmos with this no carve hand painted design that involves lots of splattering paint with a brush. Full tutorial is available.

Gold Mosaic

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For a modern, sophisticated pumpkin, look no further than this white and gold mosaic design. It's another no carve option for us folks that "don't wanna" carve a pumpkin.

Painted Spider Web

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This simple design turns your painted pumpkin into a giant spider web, that comes to life with a black plastic spider. If you are brave enough, you could even cover your painted web with a whole bunch of creepy-crawly tiny plastic spiders to make it look like a spider nest just hatched. *ooohhh shivers*

Black Dripping Boo

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Medium sized faux craft pumpin was used for this design, but don't let that stop you from using a real one, because this design is a fun and creative way to paint... well.. without painting! The BOO letters were cut out of vinyl which was then applied to the pumpkin, acting as a barrier of protection from the black paint that was then poured over the top of the pumpkin.

Day of the Dead Skull With Candle

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These festive Day of the Dead skulls are suprisingly easy to make if you have some drawing skills. A black paint marker was used to draw the skull design on these white spray painted pumpkins. The tops were carved out to create a holder for flowers.

Giant Spider Web

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Rather than paint a web with just white paint, why not add some dimension to the web by using puffy paint. You can even opt to use glow in the dark variety for special effect. This design is easy to make and most of your time will be spent on the web. A plastic spider completes this design and brings it to life.

Neon Drip

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