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How to Make Your Own White Painted Pumpkins

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Real pumpkins can add the perfect touch to your fall decor, but sometimes they’re just not practical. (Ask me about the time we permanently stained a piece of furniture when one rotted!) If you’re in the market for a good faux lookalike, read on to learn how to make your own white painted pumpkins.

DIY painted pumpkin tutorial and decor

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Farmhouse Style White Painted Pumpkins

One of my favorite fall crafts is painting faux pumpkins. In fact, I sometimes repaint pumpkins that I’ve painted before!

White painted pumpkins with lantern and fall foliage decor
White painted pumpkins in farmhouse style

Last year, I went for a somewhat glam look with gold painted pumpkins in my Halloween mantel decor.

Real and painted black and white foam pumpkins sitting on Halloween mantel
Glam Halloween Mantel with Painted Pumpkins

The year before that, I was all about soft blues and coppers to match my fall decor color scheme.

Decoupage pumpkins and painted pumpkins in farmhouse barrel using dollar store foam pumpkins
Painted and Decoupage Farmhouse Pumpkins

Now, I’m craving a neutral color palette. I recently shared this look in a Pinterest Challenge showcasing DIY fall centerpieces involving cloches.

DIY fall centerpiece with glass cloche, hydrangeas, DIY baby boo white pumpkins, acorns and neutral table runner
Fall Cloche Centerpiece with White Baby Boo Pumpkins

I have to admit, this is my favorite look of them all. Do you agree?

The best part is, you won’t spend much money on this craft since the pumpkins themselves come from Dollar Tree! I love a good bargain!

I hope you’ll enjoy experimenting with this technique. In my opinion, the effort it takes to make the pumpkins look aged or distressed really pays off.

You’ll see a huge transformation from my original gold-painted gourds to the final farmhouse look.

Gold pumpkin and white painted pumpkin side-by-side

If you’d like to see this same technique used on a larger faux pumpkin, be sure to visit my pumpkin flower arrangement!

White baby boo pumpkins with lantern and faux fall foliage

How to Make White Painted Pumpkins

Author: firstdayofhome.com
Learn how to properly paint pumpkins from Dollar Tree to look like faux baby boos. These white painted pumpkins look great as part of a neutral fall decor color scheme. Adding a few finishing touches will make them look almost like the real thing!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Project Type Arts & Crafts
Cost (US$)$10
Yield 3


  • Paint brush (flat)
  • Paint brush (round/script)



  • Wipe the pumpkins clean if necessary.
  • Paint two coats of chalk paint, waiting about 20 minutes in between coats.
    Painting faux gourd with white chalk paint to look like real baby boos
  • Once the chalk paint is completely dry, add depth in between the pumpkin segments by mixing a small amount of brown and camel-colored acrylic paint. Dilute with the white chalk paint for a smoother finish.
    Distressing white painted pumpkins with brown paint in the creases
  • Blend the brown paint in the creases like you would eyeliner, smudging the paint to look more realistic.
  • Paint the stems with the brown paint, and add camel-colored highlights to make it look more authentic.
    White painted pumpkins by lantern with fall leaves and pinecones


You may choose to add a matte sealer if you desire. However, these painted pumpkins should last indoors as long as they remain dry.
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Let me know in the comments how you plan to decorate for fall with your painted gourds. You can tag me on Instagram or share your photos here on Pinterest!

Happy Fall!

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  1. Oh man! I LOVE your white painte pumpkins. And doing the shading technique in the creases is so smart, and makes them look so real! Thanks for sharing your technique and tutorial card!