If you love a good Halloween DIY, then you’ll love these pumpkin painting ideas. The best part is you won’t have to worry about the cleanup that follows traditional pumpkin carving! Since these are no-carve pumpkin ideas, they’ll still turn out fab — just without the yucky mess of pumpkin guts. This October, brighten up your stoop or doorstep with these bright and bold designs. Those trick-or-treaters won’t know what hit ’em.
13. Gilded Words Pumpkin: This is the time to test your handwriting skills. You might want to practice first! It’s worth it in the end because the result is SO pretty.
14. Silhouette Pumpkin: Go for an old-school black and white pumpkin this year. It’s a really cool take on the classic Victorian silhouette.
18. Modern Geometric Pumpkin: Since you won’t be carving, stick to a smoother faux pumpkin for this DIY. Its less-pronounced ridges will make it easier to apply these vinyl pieces. If you’d rather try your hand at painting a geometric design, go for it! (via Design Improvised)
19. DIY Pastel Marbled Pumpkins: If you’ve tried marbling before, you know how fun it can be experimenting with different colors. For a softer and more feminine look, opt for pretty pastel-hued marbling paints. Stick to a plain white or black base color to make those pastels really pop! (via Proper)
20. Watercolor Pumpkins: Watercolor paints won’t actually show up as well on white plastic pumpkins. Instead, coat your pumpkins using a flat white spray paint with a primer for the base color. Depending on how vibrant you want your watercolors to be, you can add multiple layers by waiting until dry before reapplying. Once finished, seal the deal by spraying on clear paint or mod podge gloss spray. (via Lines Across)
21. Donut Pumpkins: Donut-anything is a winner in most peoples’ books. For a similar look, cover mini donuts with “frosting” and use a tiny paint brush to paint “sprinkles” everywhere. For a 3D touch, you can even opt for pom poms or confetti pieces as the sprinkles. (via Studio DIY)
22. Metallic Glitter Frosted Pumpkins: Before getting into the details, it’s important that you *DO NOT* use real pumpkins for this spray-painted look. Otherwise, the chemicals in the spray paint will react with the skin of the pumpkin and eventually cause the pumpkin to rupture. Now that that’s out of the way, you can get this ooey-gooey look using metallic spray paint, mod podge and glitter. For an even spookier look, consider using glow-in-the-dark mod podge! (via Bre Pea)
23. Gold and Neon No-Carve Pumpkins: This craft combines all of your favorite DIY goodies and trends: spray paint, gold, neon, splattered and ombre. Start off by spraying your pumpkins with an even coat of gold spray paint. Next, add pops of color by spraying them with neon or pastel spray paint. For an eclectic feel, use a variety of pumpkin shapes and sizes. (via The Source)
24. Blue Porcelain Craft Pumpkin: For this whimsical porcelain look, start off with a cream craft pumpkin. Spray paint the craft pumpkin with white primer and once dry, use a pencil to draw a design and trace it with an acrylic paint marker before painting the rest blue and black. Display with actual porcelain pieces to complement the gorgeous designs. (via Craftberry Bush)
25. Brushstroke Pumpkin: Create this chic and elegant look with basic black, white and gold paints and a stiff paint brush. The harder the bristles on the paintbrush, the easier it will be to achieve a pronounced brushstroke. (via The Merrythought)
26. Gold Geo No-Carve Pumpkins: These geometric gold pumpkins may look fancy, but they only require you to use a gold pen. Pro tip: Try to find pumpkins with the least amount of deep grooves. If that’s not possible, simply display your pumpkin on the smoothest-looking side, where it’ll be easiest to apply your gold designs. (via Lovely Indeed)
27. Mesh Painted Pumpkins: If you’re digging that rustic aesthetic, paint your pumpkins with a chalky paint that will leave an ultra-matte and chalky finish. Simply use a mesh bag or sheet as a stencil and apply your paint using a foam brush or cotton ball. (via Creme de la Craft)
28. Modern Pumpkins: Though simple, these modern painted pumpkins are far from boring. All you’ll need to achieve this modern geometric and dipped look is white craft paint and painters tape. (via Oleander + Palm)
29. Nail Polish Marbled Pumpkins: These half-dipped marbled pumpkins only require water and nail polish to make. Pro tip: Use a plastic bowl to avoid having to scrub off the nail polish afterward. For more variety, alternate the mini pumpkins by dipping some on one side and dipping the others from the bottom half. (via Say Yes)
30. Pantone Painted Pumpkins: Embody the turning trees by going for rich shades of red, burnt orange and gold. Get the look by taping off the bottom half of your pumpkin, painting it white and, once dry, painting the remaining portion a pantone-inspired hue. Lastly, use a fine-point Sharpie to write the word PANTONE and its coordinating color number. (via Posh Little Designs)
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