Looking for an inexpensive way to add a bit of farmhouse style to your fall decor? This mini pumpkin painting DIY tutorial will show you step-by-step how to transform $1 styrofoam pumpkins into stylish farmhouse decor!
Mini Pumpkin Painting
I’ll be honest, I’ve been obsessing over neutrals this fall. I just love the look of white pumpkins, greenery, and subtle orange accents! Not only that, but I always love a good dollar store DIY. I mean, not many things beat the process of transforming cheap and basic decor into something that’s stylish and beautiful. 😉
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In today’s tutorial, I’m combining both of these obsessions of mine and sharing with you one of my most recent dollar store DIY projects – neutral farmhouse painted pumpkins! I’m going to show you how to turn styrofoam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree into stylish farmhouse decor for fall. This pumpkin painting project is super simple, and the results are fantastic! Place your painted pumpkins in a dough bowl or basket on your table or an olive bucket on your mantel for a classic farmhouse display.
Want some simple tips for decorating your mantel this fall? Download my quick-start guide to decorating a mantel here! Skip the spray painting pumpkins, and try my paintbrush trick, for that rustic style.
Farmhouse Pumpkin Painting Tutorial
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Materials Needed for Pumpkin Painting
Instructions for Pumpkin Painting
STEP 1: Mix Paint for the Pumpkin Body
The first step in this pumpkin painting project is mixing your paints to achieve the blue/green color you traditionally see in farmhouse decor. Now, this is totally custom, so you can choose to make it lighter/darker or greener/bluer depending on your home’s decor. (Remember, the more white you add to your mixture the lighter the color will turn out!) I mixed a few variations and ended up with this formula for mine:
1 part green + 2 parts blue + 6 parts white
Use a stick (or your finger!) to mix up the paint until it is well blended. Feel free to add more of any of the colors and play with it until you’re happy with the final color.
STEP 2: Paint the Pumpkin Body
Next, use the paint you just created to paint all of the pumpkins besides the stem. Do your best not to get paint on the stem, but don’t worry too much if you do because we’ll be painting over it later on in the process. 🙂
Your first coat will look a bit thin, but it’s ok!
After the first coat of paint dries, paint a second coat of blue.
Note: This part of the pumpkin painting takes about 24 hours overall because you have to allow time for both coats to dry.
STEP 3: White-Wash the Pumpkin Body
After the final coat of blue paint is dry, apply a thin coat of white-washing.
To do this, simply get just a tiny bit of white paint on your brush and dab off most of the paint so it’s almost dry.
Then do strokes of white from top to bottom all the way around the pumpkin. This step in your pumpkin painting doesn’t have to be perfect – remember, real pumpkins are never perfect!
STEP 4: Paint the Stem
Your final step is to paint the stem! I chose to paint mine a taupe color I made by mixing white, brown and green, but you can paint yours any color you’d like! Here’s the formula of paint I used:
1 part green + 2 parts brown + 6 parts white
And that’s it! You’ve completed your pumpkin painting project and all that’s left is to put them in a fun farmhouse display within your home. I put mine in a basket on my dining room table and love the subtle fall touch it adds to that space.
I hope this DIY tutorial for pumpkin painting was helpful for you. It just goes to show that dollar store decor can be easily updated to add stylish decor to your home. Check out my post with the 5 must-have farmhouse decor items if you’re in the process of adding farmhouse decor to your home.
Can you paint real pumpkins?
Yes you can paint real pumpkins. There is a process to be done, but it can be done, and they can turn out great. Check out how to paint real pumpkins for the full step-by-step guide.
How do you get paint to stick to a pumpkin?
Acrylic or even spray paint will work great for painting pumpkins. You have to watch it cause some types of paints can crackle as they dry. But, sometimes that crackle offers a creative look. Chalkboard paint is another fantastic option.
What do I paint my pumpkin with?
I used paintbrushes for my pumpkins. This is what offered that unique texture to my pumpkins. Feel free to use a different type of paintbrushes if you prefer. Or if you are using say spray paint you, of course, won’t need brushes.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Jenn for letting me share this tutorial with you!
I love teaching non-designers simple and affordable ways to create a home they love to spend time in and are proud to share with others. On my blog, Joyful Derivatives, I write tutorials to teach people how to decorate or update their home at low costs, give tips on easy and inexpensive ways to decorate your home and share my passion for home design through room makeovers and home renovation projects. Painting of a pumpkin doesn’t have to be hard!
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