DIY painted pumpkin craft

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Hello Petit Elefant readers! I’m Steph from Stuff Steph Does and I’m so pumped to be contributing DIY projects for you on Allison’s blog!

DIY painted pumpkin craft


painted pumpkin craft
I love October. I love the cooler weather, breaking out the tights and boots again for the season, drinking apple cider, and of course, pumpkins! This year I decided to do something a little different than the standard carved pumpkin for my fall decor and gave my pumpkins a modern twist simply with some tape and white paint to make a painted pumpkin craft.


pumpkin craft supplies

This is a very simple project with a lot of flexibility. Any size pumpkin will work and you can use either spray paint or acrylic paint, whichever you have on hand. Of course, if you’re using acrylic paint, you will need a brush of some sort to apply the paint.

Make sure the pumpkins are clean and dry before starting so the tape securely sticks to the pumpkin and you have clean paint lines.

pumpkin craft

I used 2 inch painters tape for the “chunky chevron” pumpkin. The design was made by cutting equal length pieces and layering them perpendicularly on top of each other. You could also make multiple chevrons using the same technique but with thinner tape (or a larger pumpkin).

pumpkin craft

The possibilities are endless for the patterns of your painted pumpkins. Along with the chunky chevron pumpkin I also did a dipped and a funky stripe design. If you are going to paint with acrylic paints you probably don’t have to go so tape-crazy like I did on the dipped one. But I’ll admit, it was fun to slap tape all over that one.

Go over all the tape edges with your finger to ensure that they are tight to the pumpkin, especially at all the ridges. Then it’s time to paint!

diy painted pumpkin

I had to do a couple coats to make sure everything was covered evenly.

After everything is painted and dried, time to peel off the tape and enjoy your fun pumpkins!

painted pumpkin craft


Steph's bio



A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Sarah :

    I love these, and really so many possibilities!

  2. Susi :

    Really sweet! :) might have to make some as well! :)

  3. Deborah :

    What a fun idea. I adore fall and Halloween too. It’s my favorite time of the year and these pumpkins look like a lot of fun.

  4. em :

    Way to go Stephie! Love the idea! Mase and I have been learning the difference between pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns the last couple of weeks. We bought some pumpkins to decorate my front gardens and he helped place them. and Joyce bought him this felt jack-o lantern decoration the other day…and Jerel came home from work and noticed the decoration on the wall and said, “Mason did Grandma buy you a pumpkin decoration?” And that smart little stinker replies, “Actually daddy, that’s a JACK-O–LANTERN!”

  5. Marie :

    So simple. These are darling!