DIY Peppy Pumpkins

INSIDE : Learn how to make cheerful DIY Peppy Pumpkins and add a ton of color to your fall decor this year in pinks, yellows, golds and greens! Because autumn doesn’t have to be dull colors.


I am a huge believer in embracing YOUR colors, whatever they may be.  Some years I more closely conform to the typical seasonal color scheme, but often I use less traditional colors for fall.  

Last year I did a lot of soft blue, green and gold.  The year before that I used mint greengrass green, peach and copper.  And the year before that lots of blues and golds.  

So, it should be of little surprise to see that this year my fall color palette will be colorful and it’s coming out in my DIY Peppy Pumpkins today!

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What supplies do I need to make Colorful DIY Peppy Pumpkins?

Various sized Faux Pumpkins : 8×10 size | 4″ size 
Colorful Acrylic Craft Paints
Paint Brushes

Note: I bought my pumpkins all at Hobby Lobby and they were 40% off, so be sure to head to your local craft store if you are looking for a reasonably priced faux pumpkin.  Also I just picked up two packages of paint from Target, in their Hand Made craft section.  The colors worked perfectly for my fall theme.

How do I make Colorful DIY Peppy Pumpkins?

The steps on this DIY are pretty easy to figure out.  Decide what colors you want to use for your pumpkins and then simply have fun pairing the color combinations together!

I choose to do a solid green, a solid gold and a solid pink pumpkin.  Then I did a yellow and white stripe – a yellow, plum and pink stripe – and a raspberry and color stripe.

Let me be completely honest, this is a not a fast DIY.  Because of the material these faux pumpkins are made of, they take a few coats of paint and when you add in stripes… it took a solid day off and on of painting, drying, painting, drying, etc…

Colorful Painted pumpkins in a row
Another tip to keep in mind is what type of paint you use.  My bright pink paint was a satin, so it did not give the same coverage as the other paints.  I would suggest not using a satin paint type for this project.

peppy-diy-pumpkins-3 stacked
One detail that I just love doing and have done in previous pumpkin projects is painting the stem of your pumpkin in the coordinating paint color.  I think it adds just one small pop of unexpected… as if a pink, plum and yellow pumpkin aren’t unexpected enough!

Bright colorful pumpkins

Gold, Yellow and pink pumpkins
I must say, I was worried at a few points yesterday… would these be gorgeous or slightly gaudy?  I think they are borderline both… but I tend to embrace different, so I am really happy with how they turned out.

And this concept would be just as lovely in YOUR colors!

Gold, green and rainbow pumpkins

So let me know in the comments below, what colors will you be using this fall season?

Looking for fun kid Halloween costumes?  See these adorable DIY Scuba Diver Halloween Costumes, Baker + Cupcake Costumes or Little Planet Halloween Costumes!




Ready to check out some of my other fun pumpkins from over the years?

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  1. I love your preppy pumpkins! I’ve stopped carving pumpkins many years ago in exchange for painting. They last longer! Visiting from Tutorials & Tips party.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Couldn’t agree more! I let me kids carve the pumpkins and I do the painting! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I wish we could craft together! I love non-traditional colors for the holidays too. This year I think I’ll be stealing your mint, white, and copper palette! ?

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh that is the most lovely color combination! And I would love to craft together sometime… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Beautiful! I LOVE color and my fave is the cream and yellow pumpkin along with the fuschia one ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m slightly jealous you had the time to paint all these gorgeous pumpkins ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ha! Pinning!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Aw, thanks girl! I love that yellow and white stripe one, too!! And I painted those dang pumpkins the ENTIRE day… 5 minutes at a time – ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. These pumpkins are so fun! I love all the colors. Perfect to brighten up a Halloween party!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Andrea! I didn’t even think of a Halloween party, but you are right – those would be great party colors!

  5. Those are the cutest pumpkins I have ever seen.
    I had thought about spray painting some pumpkins I got at the Dollar Tree, but sometimes spray paint runs.
    This is perfect.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Kari! Actually the gold pumpkin is from last year and I spray painted it. If you just do light even coats of paint, you should be able to spray paint pumpkins no problem! Good luck. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Haeley!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much, Christine!

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