Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Stencil Patterns with Craft Paint

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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Stencil Patterns with Craft Paint

Pumpkin decorating is one of the most enjoyable parts of autumn. We all know about carving a pumpkin, including with a Dremel tool. But here’s a super easy pumpkin decorating idea: paint patterns on the pumpkin using stencils and craft paint. This is a great way to add a little variety to your collection of decorated pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Here’s our DIY Décor tutorial for quick and easy decorated pumpkins.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Materials needed for pumpkin decorating project

Here’s what you’ll need for this pumpkin decorating project:

Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils

Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint

Paint brushes


Drop cloth

Real or artificial pumpkins

Step 1

Cut out the stencils of your chosen designs.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Cutting the stencils

Step 2

Peel off the backing of each of the adhesive stencils.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Peeling the Stencils

Step 3

Stick the stencils in place on the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Sticking the Stencil on the Pumpkin

Step 4

Paint over the stencil to leave the pattern in paint on the pumpkin.

Wait a few minutes for the paint to dry a bit.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Painting Over the Stencil

Step 5

Peel off the stencil. Be careful to pull the stencil off without smudging the paint.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Peeling Off the Stencil

Step 6

Repeat the process with other stencils and/or other paint colors.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Paint Stenciled Patterns

You’ll end up with a festive autumn pumpkin that will look great as part of a table centerpiece or grouped with other pumpkins on your doorstep.

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Paint Stenciled Patterns

DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden. For more Halloween and pumpkin decorating ideas, follow our Halloween Crafts & Ideas board on Pinterest.

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