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My bloggy friends and I are at it again.  We had so much fun doing the Great Crate Challenge, that we decided to do something similar again!  Since it is the season, we decided to all create something using the same craft pumpkins from Michaels to get everyone in the Fall/Halloween spirit.


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Decorative Halloween Pumpkin Project Final


These craft pumpkins come in 3 different sizes, and in 3 different colors at Michales.  With everything that can be done to these craft pumpkins, I had so many ideas going on in my head, making it really hard to decide what to do.  One thing I did know, is that I wanted to paint them. Once at the craft store I grabbed 3 white pumpkins (which were 50% off), craft paint (which was 30% off), and a few other various items that I thought I would try to incorporate.

craft pumpkins


I didn’t start to brainstorm until I had made my purchase and have everything at home.  I knew that I wanted to paint them with each pumpkin having a different design, but with a unifying color scheme across all three.  Michaels was having a great sale on Martha Stewart 2oz craft paint, so I grabbed a few of them in a few different colors.  Arrowhead and Wet Cement are the two main colors that I used on each pumpkin.

I started off with my first pumpkin making it have a chevron stripe. I used scotch tape to achieve the chevron strip, painted the top part in the color Arrowhead, and the bottom part with Wet Cement.  Once it was all dry I painted the stem and the outline of the stripe with Martha Stewart Gold Metallic craft paint.

Chevron Pumpkin Steps


For the second pumpkin, I separated the top and bottom part of the pumpkin with scotch tape making a diagonal stripe.  I painted the whole bottom part with Wet Cement color, with the top part painting every other section with both colors, leaving one stripe white.  Then painted the stem gold and the horizontal line.

Horizontal Stripe Pumpkin



With the last one, I made a horizontal stripe and painted one side in each color.

3 rd craft pumpkin


Once all the pumpkins were painted, it was time to do something more to them.  When I was at Michaels, I purchased some wood slices.  My initial thought was to paint them and tie them around the stem with our names on them, but after being painted they just weren’t coming together as I envisioned.  So back to the drawing board.  After some time brainstorming with my husband, we came up with the idea of embedding each one into the middle of each pumpkin and have it say, Trick-or-Treat.

I painted each wood slice with the color pumpkin from Martha Stewarts craft paint line, with the outline in the gold metallic.  Then once it was dry, using white paint I painted each one in Trick, Or, Treat.

wood slices



Then it was time to carve out the middle of each pumpkin to fit our wood slices.  Place the wood slice where you want it on your pumpkin and trace around.  Then using an X-acto knife, cut it out.  Then place the wood slice inside.  That is it, you don’t have to glue it or anything, it just stays!

wood slices step 2

wood slices step 3


After it all came together, I decided that I would use these as a Halloween candy dish.  I have to say this was not what I had envisioned when I first started doing this, but I am so happy with how my decorative Halloween painted pumpkins turned out!

final 2


After deciding that I wanted to use these as a Halloween candy dish, my final idea came to me. Because they would be on a porch at night, I decided to go over the “white” parts of the pumpkins with Glow in the dark paint!  I think it added a fun element to be used at night, and my little pumpkin loved watching them glow!


For more fun Halloween crafts make sure to check out my super cute Halloween Mason Jar Luminarias!

I had a great time making these, and now I am super excited myself to see what the other talented girls have come up with!  Let’s go take a look!

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60 thoughts on “Pick Your Pumpkin – Decorative Halloween Painted Pumpkins

    1. Tara Post author

      Thank you so much, Sarah! The chevron is my favorite too! I really wasn’t sure where this whole project was going to be honest. But it all came together, and I am happy with how it all turned out! I am so glad that I picked up that glow in the dark paint while at the craft store, it definitely makes it all come together!


  1. Breanna

    Oooo I love that glow in the dark paint!!! Such a good idea for Halloween! Love the little wood slices and that you made the one into a candy bowl. Amazing job!


    1. Tara Post author

      Isn’t the glow in the dark so cute?! I am so glad that I decided to do that at the last min, it is my favorite part! Thank you so much, Bre!


    1. Tara Post author

      Aren’t they great! So many great ideas. I am blown away with what everyone did with their pumpkins! Thank you , Leslie for stopping by!


    1. Tara Post author

      Thank you so much, Bre! The wood slices and the glow in the dark are my favorite part too 🙂 So glad that I decided to still incorporate the wood slices and added the glow in the dark paint at the last min. I think they are both the perfect added touches!


    1. Tara Post author

      Thank you so much, Emily! Excited to hear that my pumpkins were one of the features! Shared on Facebook and on Google+ 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!


    1. Tara Post author

      Thank you, Kim! It was my first time using Martha Stewart paint also, I really like it! Will definitely be using it again and again. The glow in the dark is my favorite part!


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