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Painted Pumpkins Total Solar Eclipse Style

Painted Pumpkins

My newest crop of painted pumpkins are inspired by the total solar eclipse of this past August. I’m calling them “eclipse pumpkins”. I like painted pumpkins for decorating the front porch and the hearth. No carving, no mess, no fuss. Plus, painting is just plain easier.painted pumpkin

I couldn’t wait for the pumpkin patch to open so I went to a locally owned flower/fruit stand and picked out a few pumpkins to pump up my Fall décor. The market had a large variety of colors and shapes. I don’t  love the traditional orange pumpkins. Me, non-traditional.

Painted Pumpkins Total Solar Eclipse Style

The painted pumpkins. I admit to smiling a lot and patting myself on the back. I’m going to walk you through the process although it’s so darn easy you can probably figure it out by looking at the photo.

pumpkins to paint with Apple Barrel acrylic paints

I came home with a big box of pumpkins and selected just a few to paint. (I may come up with more totally awesome and unique paint ideas later)

Apple Barrel Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint 16 Color paint set

The paint I chose is Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic. I have a basket of 16 basic colors. The acrylic paint is multi-surface and I’ve found it will stick to everything from glass to concrete to plastic so it should work on pumpkins. And the paint is for indoor/outdoor use so I’m good to go. I pulled 5 paint colors and gathered a few stencil brushes to paint with.

sheet of sticky circles for eclipse pumpkin project

And I found the sticky back circle stickers in my junk stash. Time to rock and roll.

painting the eclipse pumpkins

I stuck those little stickers on the pumpkin, just willy nilly, and started painting. I ran the brush from one side to the other over the sticker. I didn’t paint like I was stenciling although I used a stencil brush. Running the brush from one side to the other gives the “eclipse” look.

fun paint project

See, perfect total eclipse.

how to paint an eclicpse pumpkin

The white pumpkin with black painted design turned out so good I moved on to pumpkin number two.

combining paint colors to make a custom color

For the pale orange pumpkin (cheese pumpkin?) I wanted a turquoisy color. I mixed three paint colors together. I started with Acapulco and Primary Blue. Then I added True Green to get the perfect color. I mixed the colors together using a popsicle stick. When painting the eclipse circles I wiped the excess paint from the brush. I didn’t want a “dry brush” but I didn’t need globs of paint either.

pumpkin with painted design color Turquoise

Here you can see the pumpkin with the paint covered stickers. I pulled the stickers off as soon as I finished painting the pumpkin.

The green pumpkin I wanted to paint didn’t work out. I tried orange paint and then yellow paint but the colors just didn’t pop against the dark green. That’s okay, I had an orange pumpkin.

orange pumpkin with white design painted with Apple Barrel acrylic paints

The white paint really popped on the orange. What a fun project and the three pumpkins took less than an hour to paint.

turquoise and orange pumpkin painted with eclipse design 2

When you paint your pumpkins and you go a little crazy with the paint ………like making giant halos (insert Kathy smiley face), just wipe the excess off with your finger. But do it when the paint is wet because once it dries it’s not coming off.

pumpkin painted with a total solar eclipse designI can’t pick a favorite. I like them all.

diy painted pumpkins project

The painted pumpkins really spice up my Fall decorations. And they will be around a long time. Remember….paint…… don’t carve


The 16 color set of Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint comes in a variety of basic colors and is dishwasher safe. Click here to view the Apple Barrel Kit and additional information including details/exclusions. Can’t wait to see what you paint.

solar eclipse pumpkins project

Painted Pumpkins – Eclipse Style

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Which pumpkin is your favorite? Leave me a note. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts as part of the Plaid Creators program. All words, project ideas, and photographs are 100% my own.

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Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love your fantastic idea, and it is so cute!!! What a great way to remember the solar eclipse!

  2. So adorable and such a great idea! How do you come up with this stuff. You amaze me!!! Your mind must never shut off.

  3. I love them all, but I think that the pale orange/“cheese” with the blue eclipses is my favorite! Beautiful display!!