DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Halloween just isn’t complete without doing some type of activity with pumpkins, or preferably multiple. Picking. Eating. Carving. Painting. As I mentioned in my last post, I like painting a bit better, because it’s not as messy and has the potential to end up looking a little cuter with all of the possibility for color, preferably pastels.

We’re already almost to the end of October (which, side note, I don’t know how that happened? anyone else feel like this year has just flown by) so I need to get started on my fall activities asap. I’ve yet to go to a pumpkin patch, so I picked up all of these at good ole’ Target.

Anyways, with a little inspiration from pinterest, here are my favorite pumpkin decorating ideas!

Sprinkled Donut

I’m sure you’ve seen this done before, but it’s just too cute to pass up. It really looks like the real thing and sorry if you now are craving a donut.

Quirky Quote

Trick or treat yo’self.

Resting witch face.

Get it? Puns are just so fun. I just looked on pinterest for some clever ideas and there are so many to choose from. Also, for an easier and more precise route, I wrote it in sharpie.

Winking Face

Adorable, but also super simple and quick. Makes for a cute photo op, too, by holding it in front of your face.

Aztec Print

I also used sharpie to draw this. You can really customize it with any pattern you’d like and add as many colors as you want.

Fall Florals

And of course I can’t forget my favorite– florals, groundbreaking (although not very fall-festive, I know)

Marble Effect

Okay, this one didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to, but I still wanted to include it, because it’s a cool idea and would look better with the right execution. It’s definitely the messiest of them all as well.

It’s made with nail polish by filling a bowl with water, dripping nail polish onto the top of the water, swirling it all together with a toothpick, and then dipping your pumpkin in it. You only have one chance to get it right though, so be a little more careful than I was, oops.

And there you have it, I can now check pumpkin decorating of my list for this season and I’m actually pretty proud of how these all turned out. Plus, if you love anything artsy and creative, you’ll probably find this therapeutic like I did.

I hope these gave you a little creative inspo for your blank canvas (aka your pumpkin). Let me know your decorating ideas in the comments or if you try any of these out (and if you prefer painting or carving!)




  1. October 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    these are so gorgeous! I love the donut one!

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  3. October 21, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    I love your “resting witch face” and the winking face…. ahhh such cute ideas!

  4. Maranda flamm
    October 21, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    This is so dang adorable!

  5. October 22, 2017 / 5:13 am

    These are such amazing inspiration! I love the donut one the best. It’s seriously so adorable and so fun!

    Great autumn post!

    • October 22, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you!! The donut one is my fave too!

  6. October 23, 2017 / 1:52 am

    How cute!! I love the trick or treat yo self one haha. So fun!! I would have never thought of these, thanks for sharing!

  7. October 24, 2017 / 3:59 am

    I love all of your ideas! The doughnut one is so adorable. The marble one is pretty cool too

  8. October 24, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Ugh I wish I read this before completely butchering a pumpkin last night.

  9. October 30, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Oh my gosh these are adorable!!

  10. November 4, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    These are so cuute! You did a great job babe!

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