For years, my house was neutral. I was single when I bought my first house in 2002 and I’ve lived in three since with my husband. The first three homes I lived in were all decorated with neutral colors. With our current home I finally decided I was sick of beige and monochromatic decor, not that it can’t be beautiful, but I’d been doing it for so long I was getting bored. In the past three years I’ve been trying to bring color into every room of the house. It’s kind of a slow process, but my dining room is one of my favorite rooms and it’s definitely not short on color.

I usually do orange or white pumpkins, but I decided to paint some craft pumpkins to match the decor that’s in my dining room.

And I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty excited about these pumpkins. My husband is tired of hearing about them, so I’m glad I get to share this stuff with you guys and talk about it in detail. If you want to try this, here’s what you’ll need:

• Craft Foam Primer

• Craft Pumpkins

  (purchased from a local craft store)

• Acrylic paint-assorted colors

• Liquid gold leaf paint

• Paintbrushes

• Gold spray paint (optional)

• Stencils (optional)

• Tape (optional)

Abstract Pumpkin 

• Spray pumpkin with primer. Let dry.

• Paint the entire pumpkin the color that you most want to show. I started the two largest ones with a dark blue. Let dry.

• Paint abstract shapes in your chosen color.

• Fill the pumpkin with different colors. I did not mix the paint colors, and let some of the colors dry between colors. (photos on the blog!)

I painted the stem and some random streaks with liquid gold leaf. I love this stuff, but fair warning: it’s stinky so use in a well-ventilated area and it’s very difficult to get out of a paintbrush. I ended up using a cheap paintbrush and throwing it away when I was done.

That’s it!

Gold Top Pumpkin

• Spray pumpkin with primer. Let dry.

• Paint the entire pumpkin your chosen color. I mixed two colors on these. 

(Pics on the blog) Let dry.

• Using the liquid gold leaf, paint the stem of your pumpkin and the top. 

Use the brush and swipe down the desired amount.

Stencil Pumpkin

• Spray pumpkin with primer. Let dry.

• Paint the entire pumpkin your chosen color. Let dry.

• Tape your stencil to the pumpkin. I only taped the top and bottom, not the sides.

• Spray lightly with gold spray pain.

I wanted the gold to fade out, so I stayed a little heavier in the center, and lighter around the edges of the pumpkin.

• Move the stencil to random spot on the pumpkin, repeat.

•Continue until pumpkin is covered as desired.

There  you go. Super easy!

The gold paint on these pumpkins definitely kicks it up a notch. Gold is very popular right now, so it’s perfectly on trend. Another thing that I like about this project is that if you get tired of the way these look and want to change it in a few year, you simply paint over it.

I like orange pumpkins, but if you want something a little different, don’t be afraid to go a little crazy with the paint!

You can see the step-by-step- process on my blog at