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How to Make Gingham Painted Pumpkins

Sharing a simple tutorial for how to make Gingham Painted Pumpkins. This step by step tutorial will help you paint this classic pattern on a real or artificial pumpkin. Enjoy this seasonal craft and bring a unique bit of fall into your home!

gingham painted pumpkin finished on bench in fall decorated entryway

Do you love gingham? It is one of my favorite patterns and I use it everywhere…from home decor to fashion, I love these pretty little checks.

So, when thinking about pumpkins, it seemed natural to paint some gingham pumpkins. I made some in shades of blue, along with traditional black and white, but you can customize these gorgeous gourds to your taste. What colors would you choose?

I recently included this beauty in my Simple Fall Entryway Decorating Ideas. I am thinking these gingham painted pumpkins will also look great on a fall porch, mixed with pumpkins and mums.  

To make these, you only need a few simple supplies and about a half hour. Let’s get started!

white artificial pumpkin, acrylic craft paint, paper plate and paint brushes

Supplies for Gingham Painted Pumpkins

  • real or artificial pumpkin
  • push pins
  • pencil
  • craft paint (I used DecoArt acrylic craft paint in Warm White and Deep Midnight Blue.)
  • paint brushes
  • paper plate
white artificial pumpkin with horizontal lines written on it with pencil

How do you paint a gingham pattern on a pumpkin?

  • First, use a pencil to plan your pattern. Draw in the lines, paying attention to the width and keeping your stripes evenly spaced and consistent. Similarly plan out your vertical stripes.
  • Next, I marked a B to indicate the stripes that I wanted to paint blue. This steps ensures that your pattern will work out well.
  • Before you begin painting, place three push pins at the bottom of the pumpkin to ensure it doesn’t stick to your work space.
white artificial pumpkin with gingham pattern sketched on it in pencil
  • Then, mix your dark color paint with the white paint to create a lighter shade.
  • Use the lighter shade to paint the stripes.
artificial white pumpkin in process of being painted in a gingham pattern
overhead view of artificial white pumpkin in process of being painted in a gingham pattern
  • Once all of the horizontal and vertical stripes are dry, fill in the overlapping areas with the dark colored paint.
artificial white pumpkin in process of being painted in a gingham pattern

That’s it! When your pumpkin is dry, remove the push pins from the bottom and enjoy!

In less than an hour, these gingham painted pumpkins were complete and ready to add to my fall decor! So simple and so pretty!

gingham painted pumpkin finished on bench in fall decorated entryway

What kind of paint will stick to pumpkins?

Acrylic paint is the best choice for painting pumpkins. This water-based paint dries quickly, has good coverage and is easy to clean up. Acrylic craft paint is fairly inexpensive and comes in a wide variety of colors. What colors would you like to use?

Thank you so much for visiting today! Please let me know if you make a gingham painted pumpkin. I would love to see a picture! Let’s connect on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or here on the blog!

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How to Make Gingham Painted Pumpkins

Sharing a simple tutorial for how to make Gingham Painted Pumpkins. This step by step tutorial will help you paint this classic pattern on a real or artificial pumpkin. Enjoy this seasonal craft and bring a unique bit of fall into your home!
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time30 mins
Drying time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: gingham painted pumpkin, painted pumpkin
Cost: 10

Materials

  • 1 real or artificial pumpkin
  • 3 push pins
  • 1 pencil
  • 2 craft paint (I used DecoArt acrylic craft paint in Warm White and Deep Midnight Blue.)
  • 2 paint brushes
  • 1 paper plate

Instructions

  • First, use a pencil to plan your pattern. Draw in the lines, paying attention to the width and keeping your stripes evenly spaced and consistent. Similarly plan out your vertical stripes.
  • Next, I marked a B to indicate the stripes that I wanted to paint blue. This steps ensures that your pattern will work out well.
  • Before you begin painting, place three push pins at the bottom of the pumpkin to ensure it doesn't stick to your work space.
  • Then, mix your dark color paint with the white paint to create a lighter shade. Use the lighter shade to paint the stripes.
  • Once all of the horizontal and vertical stripes are dry, fill in the overlapping areas with the dark colored paint.
  • When your pumpkin is dry, remove the push pins from the bottom and enjoy!

Notes

Acrylic paint is the best choice for painting pumpkins. This water-based paint dries quickly, has good coverage and is easy to clean up. Acrylic craft paint is fairly inexpensive and comes in a wide variety of colors. 

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18 Comments

  1. This is adorable! I love fall decor in other than the usual traditional fall colors. And what a great tip about using pushpins to lift it off the work surface so it doesn’t stick.

  2. What a SUPER fun craft for fall!!! I love this..it’s simple and easy and affordable!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Rachel! I hope you make some gingham painted pumpkins for yourself! Happy Fall!

  3. I just love pumpkins and this one is adorable! The gingham pattern looks so much fun to paint! Blue and white are so popular right now! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Donna

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! It was such a fun and easy craft project to do! I appreciate your kind words. Happy Fall!

  4. Lynne this is fantastic! What a great idea and so cute!!

  5. Hello Lynne! I am doing a pumpkin DIY feature for my email subscribers in October. I would love to include the beautiful DIY on that list! Please let me know if you are interested!

  6. Hi Lynn. This pumpkin is adorable, tartans, plaids and gingham are my favorite patterns any time of year. Loving your pumpkin.

  7. Oh my goodness I love this! Gingham is having such a moment right now and I’m all about it! Pinned!

  8. 5 stars
    Lynne, I absolutely adore this… it is perfect!!
    Thank you for sharing your DIY gingham hand painted pumpkin at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this weekend. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Happy fall,
    Kerryanne

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Kerryanne, and for featuring my post. I am so appreciative! Happy Fall, my friend!

  9. Hi Lynne – I love this project. Gingham and fall – are like hot chocolate and marshmallows. They do hand in hand. Thank you for the clear instructions. Pinned!

  10. Hi Lynne!
    Thanks so much for linking this project at the Home Imagined link party last week. I will be featuring you next week, Nov 1. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! I am so honored to be featured. Thank you so much for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  11. LOVE the tips and tricks you shared for painting buffalo plaid, Lynne! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party!
    Creatively, Beth

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