Tutorial: Non Traditional Pumpkin Decorating

By Brittni • Updated on 10/21/2010

Last year, I decorated a couple of pumpkins with metallic paint pens. And this year, I did it again. Its a lot less messy than carving and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Definitely a safe activity for kids from start to finish as well.

I just used a couple of metallic paint pens (silver and gold) to create different designs…

Now I have so many pumpkins, I am not sure I’ll have time to decorate them all!

If I was hosting a party or something, I would definitely give them away as party favors (maybe even customize each one with the person’s name for example). Great for kids parties especially!

For even more diy ideas + quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page.

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Aw, thanks Ella. 🙂


I am a big fan of your Pumpkin design
Nice suggestion. Thank you


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Great idea. Yesterday I saw where someone had painted several pumpkins with blackboard/chalkboard paint, all over. Then got the kids to draw faces on with chalk. They were all so different and the kids had a blast with the project. Wish I had thought to take pictures.

Merlyn Bost

May i know, How long can these pumpkins last? would love to try this fun project out n decorate it around the house 🙂 thanks for sharing.


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Wow Ashley. I love what you did with your pumpkins. They look great together. Thanks for sharing the link!


Thanks so much for sharing! Those sharpie paint pens are perfect for this. Here’s my attempt. 🙂 http://www.flickr.com/photos/42508423@N03/5110047467/


What a sweet compliment Reb. Thank you.


they look like anthropologie knobs! so pretty!


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Of course Jessie. I found them at Jo Anns. They had several thicknesses and colors as well. But if you cant find them there or you don’t have a Jo Anns or another similar craft/hobby store nearby, you can get them on amazon right here


Can you tell me where you found the metallic sharpies? I’ve been having trouble locating any.


how cute!!!

Heidi Rohr

I love your white pumpkins Brittni! Have to paint some too!

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Wow! Thank you for sharing the link Hijiri. I had not seen that before and its really amazing!


this is so very cute!!! reminds me of yayoi kusama’s pumpkin 🙂 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hijirik/5032251360/


Oh, that’s great Fanie. YEah, these mini pumpkins are great. And the best part is they were only $1 a piece, so very inexpensive as well!


This is so funny, I just saw theses tiny white pumpkins at my local market and was wondering what to do with them. Especially to make them look more “Halloweened”.
Now, I know! 🙂 So thank you for this nice & easy tutorial.


thank you uncle beefy. i am working on a few more as we speak. this project is a lot of fun (for me anyway).


Well, I know which one I’d pick! Love it! 🙂

Uncle Beefy
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