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Modern Painted Pumpkins 3 Ways

3 techniques for DIY painted pumpkins using spray paint, metallics, and dirt to create concrete, antique brass, and black earthenware looks.

Definitely broke my “fall decorating” rule on this one. That’s what rules are made for, right? 😉

But when it comes to using materials I already have (yay free!) and getting creative with different painting techniques, you can’t really blame me, can you? Can you?!

I walked past the Target (non) Dollar Spot the other day… for real, very few things in there are actually $1… and scooped up 3 fake pumpkins because I remembered in that moment that I had an entire cabinet of paint just begging to be used.

I don’t like going pumpkin crazy in my fall decor, so keeping it to just a couple is my absolute limit.

fake pumpkins

Sometimes you just need a day of getting creative with the paint brush.

What’s a $3 pumpkin gonna hurt? In the process, I came up with 3 SUPER cute modern paint techniques that you can use on any pumpkin or vase or knick-knack… whatever needs a transformation on the cheap.

(BTW if you want to see more fun paint ideas, you can see all of our past paint projects here.)

3 Modern Paint Techniques for Fake Pumpkins

Antique Brass Pumpkin

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Supplies Used:

The Steps:

1. Spray with primer and let dry.

fake pumpkins with primer

2. Spray with gold metallic spray paint and let dry.

3. Use an old craft brush to apply the Rub n Buff and wipe off any excess with a paper towel once dry.

fake pumpkin painted to look like aged brass

Look how pretty! It totally looks like antique brass (but can still be chucked across the room by my toddler without lethal consequences).

painted aged brass pumpkin

Concrete Pumpkin

Supplies Used:

  • Plaid FolkArt Concrete Hobby Paint (I still had this leftover from this past project, but you could always make your own by using light gray and medium gray bottles of craft paint and mix a little sand into them for texture.)
  • A chip brush

The Steps:

1. Paint the entire pumpkin with the light gray paint first.

fake pumpkin painted to look like concrete

2. While the light gray coat is still wet, dapple on the dark gray shade to make it look splotchy like the texture of real concrete.

fake pumpkin with concrete paint

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Let dry and display. It looks like a little concrete pumpkin figurine!

fake pumpkin painted to look like concrete

Black Earthenware Pumpkin

Supplies Used:

  • Spray primer (optional but I used it anyway just in case for durability)
  • Flat black spray paint
  • A cup of dirt from your yard mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of water to make a thick mud
  • Paper towels

The Steps:

1. Apply spray primer all over the pumpkin and let dry.

2. Spray the flat black paint all over and let dry.

fake pumpkin painted with flat black spray paint

3. Apply a layer of mud and let dry several hours / overnight.

black earthenware pumpkin painting technique

black earthenware pumpkin painting technique

4. Rub off dried mud for an earthy look.

black earthenware pumpkin painting technique

Honestly, I might go back and remove a little more of the dirt on mine so it’s not quite THAT earthy. But it’s a look I’m seeing on lots of vases and lamp bases lately thanks to this technique started by Jaci Daily.

black earthenware pumpkin

Which of the three is your favorite? Robert loves the black earthenware one, but I’m diggin’ the brass one the most.

And in the future, all three of these paint finishes would be so pretty on so many different decor accents.

I think I hit the max on my pumpkin quota for the season… famous last words. Haha!

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  1. I’m loving antique aged copper and brass lately, so the brass one is my favorite, but they are all really cool! I recently purchased the concrete paint kit to make one of the horse statues, I’ve had the horse and wooden base for a while now and rediscovered them when we moved. Painting can be very therapeutic! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love your posts. These ideas for painting pumpkins are great for so many items around my house. Unlike you, I go overboard on pumpkins. They’re all neutral, though. Fall is my favorite time of the year for decorating. Thank you!