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Painted Pumpkin Ideas for Fall Weddings

Autumn is such a lovely time for a wedding! The air turns crisp, the leaves start to change, and there is a change in mood as fall festivals take place. If you enjoy fall weddings, here is one of my favorite painted pumpkin ideas to use as wedding decor. You could even host a pumpkin painting party and have family and friends join in the fun of making painted pumpkins. The technique of marbling is high impact, yet oh so easy for the autumn season.

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So, you’re having a fall wedding and are in need of a quick, easy, budget-friendly way to add some unique decor to your event. Well, why not try pumpkin painting? I promise that this technique is SO easy – they take a day or so to dry, but once they do you can showcase one of the most creative pumpkin painting ideas around. The best thing is that these painted pumpkins can be made in a variety of colors to match your wedding decor.

Painted Pumpkin Ideas – Marbled Pumpkins

Have you seen painted pumpkins? Pinterest fans most likely have. Again, this is one of the simplest pumpkin decorating ideas. When people see these, they won’t believe how simple they are to make! But first, let’s chat about the best paint for pumpkins.

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What is the best paint for pumpkins?

If you think spray painting pumpkins is a good idea, well – you’re right! If you want a solid color to show through instead of the natural orange, you can change the color of the base by spray painting. Pumpkins are best marbled with acrylic paint. I think that is is a fabulous way to use up old bottles of craft paint you have laying around!

Supplies for Pumpkin Painting

  • Pumpkins – from your local market
  • Waxed Paper
  • Spray Paint (for spray painting pumpkins if you want a non-orange base coat)
  • Acrylic Paint (the best paint for pumpkins and marbling)

Steps for Making Painted Pumpkins

  • Lay down waxed paper on a surface where you can leave your marbled pumpkin to dry.
  • Clean off your pumpkin by washing it with mild soap to get the dirt off, and dry the pumpkin.
  • Basecoat your pumpkin (optional).
  • Near the stem of your pumpkin, go around in a circle and squeeze out a generous amount of paint so that it drips down the side. Repeat with a variety of colors to create a marbled effect. You may need to rotate your pumpkin or tilt it to the side to get the color to run a bit.
  • Let your pumpkin dry.

See the results below!

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photos by Rhiannon Kathleen Studios

Doesn’t that make you want to host a pumpkin painting party?

Forego the scary painted pumpkins, and choose one of our favorite pumpkin painting ideas! These could line a wedding aisle, and your guests could take them home or you can place them on the porch of your new home together. Either way, these painted pumpkins are fun to make and are cute, too!

How about you?

Do you have any painted pumpkin ideas or other pumpkin decorating ideas? Autumn is so fun, and fall weddings can easily incorporate pumpkins both in flavor and decor. So fun, and happy planning!


  • Lavenda Memory - Woah! These are so modern and fresh and pretty. Love!

  • Kileen - This is such a cute and fun idea!! My kids would absolutely love this, love the design as well!


  • Stephanie - What a great idea for weddings, and so many other occasions. I want to do painted pumpkins for my autumn stoop this year!

  • Ashley Rollins - What a cute and simple idea! I love it! It would even be perfect for your porch without a wedding!

  • roxy - Wowwwww that is so lovely! I do love the marbling effect. Hmm, maybe I will incorporate this idea into my Fall decor! And yes it would be ideal decoration for a Fall wedding too!

  • Amanda - This is such a beautiful painted pumpkin! I love the idea of incorporating the pumpkins into a fall wedding!

  • Azanique Rawl - I love that pretty pumpkin! Such a fun way to decorate for fall 🙂

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