Pumpkin Decorating

Follow the steps below to make these fun painted glitter pumpkins!

How to decorate your pumpkins non-carve

The first step to pumpkin decorating is to find the perfect pumpkins. I love these pumpkins because they have unique stems giving each pumpkin it's own character.

You will need-

  • Pumpkins
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Painters Tape (it's the blue stuff)
  • White paint (acrylic or house paint)
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Glitter (Gold & Orange)
  • Pencil
perfect pumpkin tops

To paint a chevron design on your pumpkin, you will need blue painters tape (don't use duck tape like we did) painters tape is easier to use.  Cut several pieces of tape and place them symmetrical to one another like the photo shown below.

cutting out tape

Then place the pieces of tape on your pumpkin connecting all the corners. You will need to cut any uneven edges of tape with sharp scissors. For the white pumpkin, I drew small circles as a guide line for where I will put the glitter.

Steps to chevron painted pumpkins

The next step is to paint the entire pumpkin with white paint. I used a left over house paint sample from my home remodel to save money. You can also use acrylic paint which can be wiped or washed off if you make a mistake.

How to paint a chevron pattern on pumpkins

Once the paint is completely dry, remove the painters tape slowly. If you have any paint that dripped through, you can wash it off with water or use a kitchen knife to scrape the paint off. Because I used duck tape instead of painters tape, I had a lot of dripping. To resolve the problem, I outlined the chevron with Elmer's glue and orange glitter to hide the imperfection. You can see what it looked like before I glittered it, on the left side of the pumpkin below.

Chevron Pumkin Painting

This glitter pumpkin took less than 20 minutes to complete. I filled the pencil circle outlines with Elmer's glue and sprinkled the pumpkin with gold glitter. I also covered the stem with glitter using the same glue.

Polka dotted pumpkins with gold glitter

This pumpkin was the easiest to create. Using the tip of the Elmer's glue, I followed the grooves of the pumpkin like shown below.

Ideas for glittering pumpkins

Then I went to town with the orange glitter! So fun!

glitter pumpkins

Here is the final look for the small orange pumpkin. I chose not to glitter the stem of the pumpkin because I wanted to expose the unique detail.

glitter pumpkin idea

We hope you have fun decorating your pumpkins! Feel free to contact us with additional questions or comments!

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