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Watercolor-Painted Pumpkins

Halloween pumpkins don't have to be traditional spooky colors. With craft paints, it's easy to achieve a delicate watercolor look and the best part: no carving is required!

watercolor painted pumpkins

Photography: Ilyssa Minkus

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from our friend Ilyssa Minkus.


For more ideas, scroll through our 30 Days of Pumpkins.


  • Pumpkins

  • White spray paint primer

  • Paintbrush

  • Craft paint

  • Mixing bowl

  • Water

  • Optional: liquid gilding


  1. Spray paint the pumpkin with white primer so that the surface is completely covered; let dry completely.

  2. Meanwhile, mix a tablespoon of craft paint with a splash of water. This will water down the paint to give it a watercolor effect. If you want a more watered down look, just add more water to the paint.

  3. Beginning at the base of the pumpkin, paint with your first color. 

    watercolor-painted pumpkins
  4. Use the next color and paint slightly above the first color. (Tip: it's okay if the colors start to bleed together.)

    watercolor-painted pumpkins
  5. Dip the paintbrush in water and brush over the paint (this will allow the colors to blend together).

  6. Paint the stem with liquid gilding if desired.

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