Pumpkin Decorating Ideas : 11 Ideas for Pretty Pumpkins

We all know that when it comes to fall decorating, pumpkins are our go-to project idea for bringing that autumn feel to any room, porch or  garden. But it doesn’t have to be that same old jack o’lantern, and it doesn’t have to be just about Halloween. Pumpkins are a part of the harvest,  and should be celebrated as part of the fall bounty in our homes. With that in mind, we searched the blogosphere for some pretty pumpkin decorating ideas! Whether these ideas and tutorials use natural pumpkins, or those great carve-able craft pumpkins that allow you to reuse them from year to year, we know you will think these pumpkins are pretty enough for the whole season, right through Thanksgiving! Paint them, carve them, or use some really creative ideas to decorate them, with these step by step instructions. Update – yes there are more than 11 ideas below. We keep finding more and can’t resist adding them to the post!



Pumpkin Decorating Ideas : 11 Ideas for Pretty Pumpkins


Pretty Pumpkin Decorating Ideas


Cute Painted Pumpkins

We found so many new and cool tutorials on how to paint pumpkins, its amazing. We love this first project from ‘the Merry Thought‘. These DIY brushstroke pumpkins are simple and easy and they look fabulous!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas : 11 Ideas for Pretty Pumpkins


Here is one of the cutest painted pumpkin decorating ideas that we’ve seen. From ‘A Kailo Chic Life‘, gold splatter painted pumpkins. Love these!


Make a stenciled pumpkin, from ‘BHG‘… quick and easy pumpkin painting idea!



From ‘Lolly Jane‘, these cute DIY patterned painted pumpkins are really fall decor to go right through the season. She used acrylic paints, but I was wondering… with all the colored and metallic Sharpies available now, could you use them? Make some pretty pumpkins, and share your ideas in comments!

LJ pattern pumpkins


Disney Pumpkin Carving Ideas

LOVE this tinker bell Disney pumpkin carving idea, complete with pixie dust! Full instructions on ‘Instructables‘!


Download the template, then get to carving out Stitch! This Disney pumpkin carving project was done with a styrofoam craft pumpkin, but it would be even more fun with a real one. From ‘Disney Family‘.


Disney Pumpkin Painting Idea

Sarah in the Suburbs‘ shows us how to make these awesome Minnie & Mickey Disney pumpkins, and both are no carve!

Don’t see the Disney pumpkin project here that you are looking for? Go check out ‘Mommy Musings’ to see a great list of pumpkin templates around the web, Disney style!


More Easy Pumpkin Painting & Decorating Ideas

These lace patterned pumpkins from ‘Martha‘ are a little time consuming, but have you ever seen anything so amazingly charming? What a perfect pumpkin decorating idea for a party!


This DIY pumpkin centerpiece by ‘One Charming Party‘ has quick and easy instructions. She used a real pumpkin, which I love because it’s just so organic and, well, fall like… but I don’t see any reason you couldn’t use a craft pumpkin.



We love these blinged out pumpkin decorating ideas from ‘Chaos Served Daily‘, mostly because they take 5 minutes, but also ’cause they’re so pretty!



More creative pumpkin decorating ideas with glitz from ‘Life on Lakeshore Drive‘. This is perfect for a glam look!



I had to throw in these last couple just for inspiration…. From ‘Seeing Ink Spots‘, these trick or treat pumpkins remind us that we can have some fun too!

white pumpkins


From ‘A Subtle Revelry‘, this pushpin pumpkin decorating idea is really cool & different!



Over at ‘Magia Mia‘, they created these wonderful black painted pumpkins! They even used glow in the dark paint to paint the webs and skeletons!



From ‘The Butlers‘, this monogram pumpkin decorating idea can be used with either a real pumpkin or a faux one. Easy tutorial, classy project!


We think you will also love our posts on No Carve Pumpkin Decorating and DIY Pumpkin Carving with a Drill and Front Porch Christmas Decorations you can make on our sister site – The Garden Glove! Also, Fall Home Decor Ideas , Decorating with Pumpkins and DIY Thanksgiving Decorations & Ideas over at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

1 Comment

  1. raegan
    October 25, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    i think you should put ideas for little kids school projects

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