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DIY Buffalo Plaid Painted Pumpkins

These DIY Buffalo Check Painted Pumpkins are such an easy craft to bring a little bit of fall into your home!


Welcome to the October Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by  My Pinterventures! I am so excited to get together with a group of blogging buddies to not just collect pins, but to create something we’ve pinned to our Pinterest boards. In the past, I have made these amazing PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Damn Delicious and this decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pizza . Today, I am sharing a craft that is perfect for fall decorating.

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I love decorating for fall and lately, I am obsessed with all things buffalo plaid.  From napkins to ribbon to fashion, I am loving these black and white checks.

I had pinned this blog post for painting Buffalo Check Pumpkins from Positively Splendid at the end of September and was so excited to bring this project to life!


  • artificial pumpkins
  • DecoArt acrylic craft paint in warm white, slate grey, and lamp black
  • brushes

I began with a couple of artificial pumpkins from Michael’s.  These pumpkins were already off-white in color. I thought that I would save a step in not having to paint them and it would make this project go a little quicker.

Sadly, my plan did not work.  To be honest with you, this is my second attempt at this project.  I had originally painted checks on the off-white pumpkins using grey and black chalk paint; however, the perfectionist in me was not happy with the results.  The different paint finishes just didn’t look right.

The best thing about these projects is that I can just repaint and start over again!  For my second attempt, these pumpkins got a coat of my favorite Deco Art’s acrylic craft paint in Warm White. For the checks I used Deco Art’s Slate Grey and the overlaps got a coat of Lamp Black.  This paint is simple to work with, cleans up easily, and is inexpensive.


After giving the pumpkins a base coat of Warm White, I started out by painting horizontal stripes with the grey paint, spacing them out evenly. You can use a pencil to plan the width and keep your stripes evenly spaced, and a consistent width. Similarly plan out your vertical stripes and paint them in.

Once all of the horizontal and vertical stripes are dry, fill in the overlapping areas with the black paint.

That’s it! In less than an hour, these buffalo plaid pumpkins were complete and ready to add to my fall decor! So simple and so pretty! I am thinking they will look great on my porch, mixed with pumpkins and mums (if it ever stops raining here in CT!)

I hope you give this seasonal craft a try!






Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Kristie – Teadoodles • Lynne – My Family Thyme
Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Jenny – Cookies, Coffee and Crafts
Shirley – Intelligent Domestications • Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz
Beverly – Across The Boulevard
Julie – Sum of their Stories
Chelsea – Making Manzanita • Katrin – Kreativ K
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Marie – The Inspiration Vault
T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet • Chelc – Inside the Fox Den
Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
Katrin – Nothern Feeling • Emily – Domestic Deadline
Terri – Our Good Life • 
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Toni – Girl, Just DIY
Lisa – Blogghetti • Lauren – Mom Home Guide
Debra – Shoppe No.5 • Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
Susan – Suzer Space • Habiba – Craftify My Love



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  1. I love these! My home is full of black and cream decor and I’ve always wondered how to paint a buffalo check pattern on a pumpkin. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  2. Mother of 3 says:

    Buffalo plaid is so “in” right now and I just love how it looks on a pumpkin. Pinned.

  3. How pretty! I have a white pumpkin sitting in my craft room that I could use this technique for!

  4. Oh gosh how cute are these pumpkins? So unexpected but they work beautifully, especially next to that awesome sign 🙂

  5. Your buffalo plaid pumpkins came out great. I love the contrast of black, gray, and white. I’ve been meaning to try my hand at this.

  6. Very fun! Love buffalo check! Maybe at some point it will work with my decor (at least the black and white… I have a tan and white pillow for fall right now!)

  7. These are so pretty! There are some other great ideas too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Your pumpkin is beautiful, the black & white looks great! Buffalo plaid is so popular, I have always loved plaid.

  9. Great project! I’ve seen buffalo checked fabric pumpkins, but I think I like this look a lot better. Thanks for sharing your do over. Everyone has to remake something sometime, and usually it’s worth the effort, as in this case.

  10. At first I was thinking that this project probably took you forever. So you might guess how surprised I was when I read you’ve finished it in less than an hour. I make an effort to collect all those lovely pumpkin DIY’s this year on a Pinterest board as I am planning to do a Pumkinathon next year. There are simply too many ideas out there to do just one project, right?

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