Who says pumpkins need to be orange, anyway? I love pumpkins in all sizes and colors, but there’s no reason you need to keep them in their natural state. Spray paint is the quickest way to paint pumpkins, whether they are foam or real. I picked up an assortment of foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree and gave them a makeover so they coordinated better with our front porch. Choose a few colors of paint and make some spray painted pumpkins with me!
SPRAY PAINTED PUMPKINS
WHAT YOU NEED TO SPRAY PAINT PUMPKINS
I worked with Plutonium in the past, and they have some unique colors, but you can use any spray paint brand for your pumpkins. These are the Plutonium colors that I used on my pumpkins. The poupon color is the hardest to describe. It is maybe not as green as it appears in this thumbnail, but it definitely has a green tint to it. I am really into it.
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- real or foam pumpkins
- craft adhesive
- brown glitter
- gold glitter
- blue glitter
- Plutonium Paint in Poupon
- Plutonium Paint in Twig
- Plutonium Paint in Submarine
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HOW TO SPRAY PAINT PUMPKINS
Because pumpkins are rounded, you need to make sure you spray them from all angles. I found that the easiest way to do this is to stick a dowel in the bottom of each pumpkin. You can hold the dowel and rotate the pumpkin around while you spray on the paint. Then stick the dowel into a piece of styrofoam or the ground to let the paint dry.
Be sure to work in light, thin coats. This not only helps you create an even finish, but it reduces the risk of melting foam pumpkins with spray paint.
I matched up the caps of my three Plutonium colors to glitters from my admittedly enormous glitter stash. When the paint had dried, I gave each pumpkin a shot of spray adhesive and sprinkled on the coordinating glitter. This is a completely optional step, obviously, but I really love the extra sparkle.
The spray paint itself will hold up to outdoor weather, but if you add glitter you will probably want to seal it with Outdoor Mod Podge or a spray sealer before placing your pumpkins outside.
These custom-painted pumpkins looked great on our front porch since the colors work so well with the brick and the blue door and shutters.
PAINTING REAL PUMPKINS WITH SPRAY PAINT
I have also used spray paint on real pumpkins to create Michelangelo and Queen Elsa pumpkins for my kids. Before you paint a real pumpkin with spray paint, be sure to use a damp cloth to remove any dirt from the pumpkin. Then make sure the pumpkin is completely dry before painting. You won’t be able to use the dowel trick for a real pumpkin, so move around the pumpkin to make sure you are covering all of the angles.
What color would you spray paint your pumpkins?