DIY Kate Spade-Inspired Painted Pumpkin Craft

September 23, 2020

Ready to tackle the easiest DIY painted pumpkin craft?

Say hello to these Kate Spade-inspired pumpkins:

color blocked pumpkins diy

Painted pumpkins (for when you’re not into traditional fall colors)

Much to my mother’s dismay, I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional fall colors when it comes to decorating our home.

As you know, our house is full of bright color and pattern — so colors like rust, brown and burnt orange don’t blend well with the core color palette.

If you want to add some simple fall decorations to your home but aren’t in love with traditional fall colors … 

Painting pumpkins is THE easiest (and most affordable) solution to making your home feel like fall.

The nice thing about painting your own pumpkins is that you have full creative control over the colors and patterns YOU want to use.

Considering that the required supply list for this project literally consists of pumpkins (real or faux), acrylic paint and a paint brush, it’s an affordable way to create personalized fall decor.

Kate-Spade inspired painted pumpkins: What you’ll need

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The supply list for this project is pretty short.

I purchased all of my supplies for this craft project at Michaels Stores.

Click below to purchase everything you need to make your own color-blocked painted pumpkins:

What kind of pumpkins should I use for DIY painted pumpkins?

You can use real or faux pumpkins if you want to liven them up with a bit of acrylic paint.

However, I haven’t personally painted real pumpkins (yet), so I can’t vouch for how long they’ll last throughout the season.

I prefer painting faux pumpkins designed for crafting so that I can display them year after year.

I recently painted several old plastic and foam pumpkins I bought a few years ago. (They’re good quality and always on sale — you can buy some of your own plastic pumpkins right here.)

Ceramic pumpkins also do very well with acrylic paint.

You’ll get good results with this project no matter what type of pumpkin you choose to paint.

What kind of paint should I use for DIY painted pumpkins?

I prefer using acrylic paint for DIY painted pumpkins — this is my favorite acrylic craft paint brand.

You can try using spray paint as well, although I personally find that I have more control over the amount of paint I’m applying to the pumpkin when I use acrylics.

Because most pumpkins are relatively small, I find that you run the risk of over spraying, and then the paint clumps up on the pumpkin (yuck).

My favorite painted pumpkin so far: This DIY color-blocked pumpkin

Here’s a cute plastic pumpkin I snagged at Target a couple years back.

I love the gold part of it, of course, but the cream isn’t really my cup of tea.

color blocked pumpkin craft before

So what’s a girl to do?

Paint it, obviously!

Even though this is a pretty straightforward project, I was nervous about painting a straight line around the pumpkin.

I discovered that using the thickest paintbrush in this brush set is the secret to success in keeping your lines straight.

Here’s what the pumpkin looked like after my first coat of paint (I used three coats total, leaving dry time between each one):

color blocked painted pumpkin craft ideas

And here’s the real after with the pumpkins displayed in our entryway:

DIY color blocked painted pumpkins 2

See that green pumpkin next to the color-blocked one?

That’s a ceramic pumpkin that I painted in a solid color — then I painted the stem gold.

So simple, yet really pretty.

colorful painted pumpkins diy

And you can go wild with the color combos — or keep it classic — and paint pumpkins that blend seamlessly with your everyday decor.

Here’s one more photo of these pretty little pumpkins in our foyer.

They work really well with the rest of our decor, don’t you think?

DIY color blocked painted pumpkins 3

More easy DIY pumpkin craft ideas you’ll like

If you’re looking for more easy DIY pumpkin craft ideas, I’ve got a couple more projects for you.

The kids can even help with some of these, which is such a bonus!

Be sure to check out these posts:

READ IT NOW: 15 of the cutest no-carve pumpkin ideas (yes, the kids can even help!)

no carve pumpkin decorating easy diy

READ IT NOW: A 10-minute no-carve colorful pumpkin decorating idea

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  1. I love this activity! I am definitely going to do it myself and with my kids. We have painted pumpkins at the pumpkin patch before but then they rot. This idea is so much better. I especially love the ones with just two solid colors. Great idea! Thank you!

    • I’m so glad you liked this DIY idea, Kelly! I love real pumpkins, of course, but prefer painting ceramic ones since it means I can display them year after year.


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