Painted Pumpkins

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes yesterday. I definitely felt the love! Y’all are the best!

On to pumpkins…

This fall marks mine and Matt’s third
pumpkin season together {and our first married fall}. In fact, carving pumpkins
was one of our first dates and we had
a fall wedding, so this season is full of warm memories!

Sticking to last year’s “painting” theme, we decided
to paint our address on a pumpkin rather than carve it. You can read about our 2011
monogrammed painted pumpkin {here}!  Not only is
painting easier, an uncarved pumpkin can last you all the way through

And I have to be honest with you, this season’s
pumpkin will last us for years to come because
we picked it from…Michaels {gasp!}.
Yes, we chose to paint a plastic pumpkin instead of a real one. But doesn’t it
look real?!?! Plus it was 40% off, so it was even cheaper than a real one.

Don’t think this is any indication of us switching to an artificial Christmas
tree {we could never!}!

Anyway, on to the tutorial…

 Step 1: Type up your last name, address,
monogram, etc. in a word document on your computer. I used century font, size
300. Print off your word document and carefully cut out your numbers {or
letters}. Tape your letters to your pumpkin and trace them with a pen.

 Step 2: Using black acrylic paint, paint
your pumpkin with 1-2 coats of paint!

Step 3: Let it dry completely.

 Step 4: Place your pumpkin on your front
porch and add a few extra festive decorations!

are you planning to decorate your pumpkins this year?




  1. Mrs.B
    September 26, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    That is sooo cute! I want to do some pumpkin painting.

  2. Katie
    September 26, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    Love love love! I've seen the numbers in so many different ways but this looks the best and yes that pumpkin looks real! I may have to steal this, thanks girl.

  3. Sami
    September 26, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    This is a very cute idea and I love that you used an artificial pumpkin that you can use year after year! I will definitely be doing this 🙂

  4. Kristen Ostow
    September 26, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    Super cute! You have inspired me to make one for our new home too. I am loving the fall tutorials. I just did one as well for ghost lanterns made out of milk jugs for Halloween. ( love your pretty flowers too!!

  5. Lyndsay & Co.
    September 26, 2012 / 5:10 pm

    Loves it! =)

  6. Alicia Rae
    September 26, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    I love reading your posts. I started setting up my fall decor and was thinking about doing a number pumpkin also. Thanks for the great tutorial.Check out my blog: and see what I end up doing! I've only got the basics up right now!

  7. Dee Stephens
    September 26, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    I have an LSU plastic pumpkin I'm going to put out this year along with a real pumpkin. Love yours!

  8. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    September 26, 2012 / 6:07 pm

    Love this idea!

  9. Maggie
    September 26, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    This is super cute! I painted a chevron pumpkin last weekend and used a Michael's pumpkin too! Just couldn't turn down the 40% off 🙂 Thanks for the tip on how to do a monogram/address. I'm going to try that next!

  10. Rachel
    September 26, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    So simple and easy! I love it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Jennifer P.
    September 26, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    I love this and plan on stealing it for my house! Last year, we put my daughter in a pumpkin and had a photo shoot. She's gotten too big for that now. 🙁

  12. Mel (Northern Lights)
    September 26, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    Ahhh love it! Definitely going to Michael's and doing this 🙂

  13. Whitney
    September 26, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    I got the same pumpkins from Michael's and painted them for some engagement pictures (being taken by Dianne Personett, who I found through your blog by the way!!) Happy belated Birthday! 🙂

  14. Amy {Fresh and Fancy}
    September 26, 2012 / 11:29 pm

    What a cute front porch! I want to do this too! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  15. Nicole
    September 26, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    I love this! I've seen so many cute tutorials floating around the blogs today…I think I need to start crafting!

  16. megan
    September 27, 2012 / 12:43 am

    So, so cute!!

  17. Leigh Powell Hines
    September 27, 2012 / 10:26 am

    So adorable. A great idea.

  18. Tricia
    September 27, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    This is so adorable! I think I may have to do one with our monogram. Love this sweet little touch to the porch!

  19. Jess
    September 27, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    Amazing! I can't wait to do this next year when we actually have a house!

  20. Nicole-Lynn
    September 27, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    Looks great girl! I'm definitely painting some pumpkins this year.. made a monogrammed one last year and it turned out great.

  21. Katie
    September 27, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    Love the painted pumpkin idea! It looks real and it's nice you'll be able to use it again each year. I've also decorated for fall. Check out my fall decorations on my blog, 🙂

  22. Valerie Griffin
    September 27, 2012 / 10:18 pm

    super cute!

  23. Real College Student of Atlanta
    September 29, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    very cute idea! i love fall! <3

  24. Megan@TwoDelighted
    September 30, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    Soooo cute! You know I love this. Such a sweet little pumpkin.

  25. Hannah
    October 1, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    I absolutely love this!!

  26. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    October 1, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Yes to everything happening here. Fun and festive while still elegant. You know I love a good pumpkin!

  27. jessica {creative index}
    October 2, 2012 / 12:13 am

    i've been wanting to do this! such a fun and simple DIY!Loving your blog btw! 🙂

  28. A
    October 2, 2012 / 7:41 pm

    I love this idea! It's so cute and simple.

  29. [dianegatorfan]
    October 2, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    I love this – yours turned out fabulous!! We're pumpkin-pickin' this weekend so I may do this too. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Tiffany
    November 10, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    This is so adorable! I think I may have to do one with our monogram. Love this sweet little touch to the porch!

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