Up your fall decor game this year with this DIY floral painted pumpkin! I have a video that will walk you through the steps and you don’t need any fancy painting skills for this one. You’ll see.
I love October and all the pumpkin feels it brings. I am a big “No Carve” pumpkin decorating kind of girl, which basically means instead of carving I always paint my pumpkins. This time I tried something new and made this Floral painted pumpkin using watercolors to create a soft whimsical looking pumpkin. I think it turned out pretty cute, what do you think?
Below, I have tried to list all of the craft supplies I pulled out to create this project. Affiliate links have been used. Which means that if you make a purchase I earn a small commission.
In case you didn’t watch the video, here is the quick run down of how I made my floral painted pumpkin. I used a store bought mini pumpkin, I think it was like $2 for a bag of 5 pumpkins? I like that price, but am slightly bummed now that this won’t last year after year. I would recommend that you use a fake pumpkin instead, that way you can reuse this year after year. Like these inexpensive Dollar Tree pumpkins I used in this post. Those were great to paint onto!
Cover the entire pumpkin with 2 or 3 coats of gesso. I used gesso because I already own it. Don’t go out to buy it just for this project. Use white acrylic paint instead, apply 3 or 4 coats and sand lightly in between coats to add texture. Gesso is great to use because it primes the surface and makes it ready to paint onto by creating a slight texture.
Now I painted my pumpkin white, but you could paint it any color of the rainbow!
Next, paint flower and leaf shapes all over the pumpkin using watercolors. Yes, watercolors! They add a soft dreamy look and feel and worked great here! My flowers and leaves are messy and funnily shaped, but in the end it all looks colorful and bright so I say if you haven’t ever painted before- go for it!
And that’s it! My floral painted pumpkin is going to sit on my mantle- all cozy inside the house. And safe from the squirrels and deer. If you are planning to place your floral painted pumpkin outdoors, I would suggest spraying it with an even coat of some kind of sealant to protect it from moisture.
Let me know in the comments below if you liked this idea and if you do try this technique tag me @theshinynest and share it with me on social media! I would love to see your creations