15 Unique ideas for painting your Halloween pumpkin this year (PHOTOS)

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October doesn't have to be a horror show. Try these pretty and creative pumpkin crafts.

With all of the pumpkin spice in the air (and in your coffee), you know that trick or treating can’t be too far behind. But for those of us who don’t exactly love what the Hallmark Halloween looks like, take heart: though sometimes it may feel that way, the holiday isn’t limited to big plastic orange baubles, googly eyes or nightmarish door decor.

Halloween crafts can be pretty — dare we say beautiful — and artsy, too. So scroll through these chic (but surprisingly easy to replicate) pumpkins, sure to inspire … and then don’t be afraid to create!

Tasty trick of the eye

Donut know about you, but we are ready for fall!! Starting our favorite season of the year with this super easy #pumpkindecorating tutorial today on the blog. #michaelsmakers #diypumpkin

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Who says a pumpkin has to look like a pumpkin? Turn a half-dozen smaller gourds into sweet confections with a coat of paint from stem to bottom — a white or cream color is usually best. Once dry, paint on a pop of color around the top half (your doughnut), and then have fun drawing on those guaranteed-to-make-you-smile sprinkles. Best presented next to real apple cider doughnuts.

Effortless and elegant

Ready for fall decorating! #homedecorating #homedecor #falldesign #fall #falldecoratingideas #fall🍁 #moderndecor #modernhome #halloween #modernhalloween #pumpkins #pumpkindecorating

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A swath of neutral paint and a dusting of 1-inch cuts of washi tape make these pumpkins ready for the ball.

Velvet crush

We are having a little cooler weather this week, and I am loving it! I'm so ready for Fall weather! I'm also ready to start decorating with these luscious velvet pumpkins from @lovefeastshop !! #velvetpumpkins #falldecorating #edithandevelynvintage #lovefeastshop #plushpumpkin

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These luxe pumpkins start with jewel-toned velvet swaths, creatively cinched and wrapped around stuffing. (You can use anything from old socks to cotton balls: pumpkins are lumpy by nature!) Then gather the fabric at the top and hot-glue on a harvested stem. Voila! – pumpkins to drool over. And you didn’t get orange pulp all over the dining room table.

Soft and sweet

Before you know it, Fall will be in the air🍁🍂🍃 and we'll be getting a fresh velvety crop of our best selling pumpkins💗 What colors do YOU want to see in our pumpkin patch this year?

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Another take on velvet pumpkins, these adorable creations in icy hues are so inviting, you’ll be tempted to cozy up to a few on your bed or sofa.

Fairytale floral

Painted this pretty little guy yesterday in honor of national pumpkin day. Gimme all the fairytale pumpkins!

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Chaste blooms on a field of white topped by a perfectly gnarled stem balance the sweetness in this storybook pumpkin. Don’t feel like you have the skills to recreate these roses? Go for lots of colorful dots on a white background instead: it will be vibrant, abstract, and totally foolproof.

Film noir

I want to do all the pumpkin picking…🎃 So in honor of pumpkin season I'll be posting pictures of some amazing pumpkin art!! Tag me in your great pumpkin shots so I can repost some through the month!! 🍂🍁🕸🎃(found pic)

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Enter pumpkin as femme fatale — a neutral tone painted pumpkin with matte black stem wrapped in alluring finespun lace. (Simply stretch over your pumpkin and cut and glue at either end.) Now that’s a showstopper.

A teal token

*TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT* I'm participating! Are you? How to participate: 1. Pick a pumpkin 2. Come to my pumpkin painting party (date tbd) and paint your pumpkin. 4. Go to the dollarstore, loot store, party store and buy non-treat items. Colouring books, play-duh, stickers (be creative). I will have packages provided for purchase. 5. Add your address to the Map (optional) 6. Display your pumpkin with pride and help a child with allergies enjoy Halloween as much as we all did (and do). Please share and spread the word. Let's Paint the town teal! #tealpumpkinproject #teal #allergenfreehalloween #allergyaware #besafe

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This year, a teal pumpkin on your doorstep alerts kids with allergies that your house offers a safe, non-food trick or treat alternative. Cute and considerate — what’s not to love?

Absolutely genteel

Our vinyl decals make for cute, easy pumpkin decorating! Available in multiple size and color options. Get yours today! #shopssmonograms #monogrampumpkin

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A monogram of exquisite penmanship screams southern charm and elevates the humble pumpkin to center-stage on your porch. Achieve this look in a snap with a custom vinyl sticker, printable stencils, or paint your own freehand.

Melting magic

Don't have time to carve your pumpkin for tomorrow? Try this great idea by melting crayons. #halloween #meltingpumpkin #diy #youngdesignerscollective

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Upcycled and gorgeous. This project begins with a pumpkin (real or faux) and crayons (used and broken are best) craft-glued around the base of the stem. Diffuse with a hair dryer to create a striking abstract work of fall art.

Filigree finery

More fun rocking the early fall decor at my house with my hand painted pumpkins. #fallinspiration #handpainted #handmade #pumpkins #doily #doilypumpkins #neutraldecor #shabbychic #farmhouse #prairiestyle #fall #falldecor #autumn #tablescape

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An unexpected palate and ethereal hand-painted lace creates a stunning yet subtle effect. If you don’t think your painter’s brush will create lace quite this perfect, try gluing on crocheted fabric, or doilies instead.

Autumn blooms

Painted pumpkins are my favorite fall decorations 🙌🏼. This is a throwback to one of my pumpkins from last year and I'm already brain storming ideas for this year🎃🎉 I just love autumn

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Set a dreamy fall mood with this autumnal tinted pumpkin graced with delicate, contrasting white blooms.

A monochromatic tableau

This monochromatic tablescape by @loithai & spotted on @happyhappynester got us like whoa! 👌 #regram #sundaygoals #whiteonwhite #prettypumpkins

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Create a soothing tablescape with varying elements in one hue — pumpkins of different sizes, organic materials that strike your fancy and tea lights for a touch of drama.

Heady blossoms

What better way to celebrate #nationalpumpkinday than with a shoot at @oldedwardsinn! Rainy days (and Mondays) don't always get me down:)) #plantedpumpkins #prettypumpkins #gorgeousgourds #fallonfleek #fabforfall #cinderellapumpkins #heirloompumpkin #tearoses #orchids #millet #highlandsweddings #oieweddings #mountaincrafty

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Sumptuous fall-inspired flower arrangements take on an extraordinary dimension when anchored by a complementary color-tinted pumpkin. Though, this one does require a little carving and scooping to create a hollowed out vase.

A hint of the vine

Found the cutest 'marbled' pumpkin at target for $3 .. I looked for more but couldn't find any 😩. . . #decoratingwithpumpkins#falldecor#instahomes#instachic

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Less is more. A few tiny muted-tone pumpkins make a splendid addition to a seasonal entryway or vignette. (And take just 10 minutes or less to paint!)

Harvest chiller

The best usage of a pumpkin 🎃 #pumpkin #cooler #pumpkincarving #pumpkincooler #diy #diyhalloween #halloweenideas #pumpkinideas #fall #october #saturday #wineryatbullrun

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Turn the notion of pumpkin as random autumn porch adornment on its ear by fashioning a pumpkin into a wine chiller. Simply choose a pumpkin that’s been flattened on one side (there’s always more than a few like that in every patch) and carve a large circle on the side you’ll want facing up. Then scoop, clean, and fill with ice. Cheers to that!

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