Diy Painted Gingham Pumpkins

Is there any thing cuter than a gingham painted pumpkin?

I couldn’t say no to these little white pumpkins at the grocery store yesterday, and when I got home they were practically BEGGING for me to paint them. It was more time consuming than I expected, but painting is very therapeutic for me so I enjoyed every minute!


I thought these would be pretty cute, but I am AMAZED at just how adorable they turned out!


You only need two colors of acrylic paint if you’re using a white pumpkin. I’d recommend looking for pumpkins with very defined vertical lines, and an even number of sections. That will make painting the vertical lines much easier.

Here is a step-by-step photo timeline for how to paint a gingham pumpkin of your own!


  • White pumpkin
  • Small, round tip paintbrush
  • 2 colors of acrylic paint (Black and white can mix to become your gray for a black and white gingham pattern. You can also use a color, like the sage, and add a little bit of black to make your darker color)
  • 2 paper plates (one for paint and one for pumpkin)

Step 1: Paint vertical stripes around your pumpkin with your lighter color (For a black and white gingham pattern, use gray for steps one and two). If your pumpkin has defined vertical lines and an even number of “sections”, just follow those lines. You need an even number of vertical stripes for the white/grey pattern to continue appropriately. If your pumpkin doesn’t have well defined lines, just draw your own. The thicker the stripe, the larger your gingham pattern will be. Don’t worry about having perfectly straight lines- the curvature of the pumpkin makes it difficult to achieve perfection here.

Step 2: Begin painting horizontal stripes that are the same width as your vertical stripes. For a medium size pumpkin, I had three horizontal stripes.

Step 3: Where the lighter colored stripes overlap, paint the intersection with your darker color. (Black if you’re doing a black and white gingham).

You might want to use a small paintbrush to paint the outlines of your stripes, and then fill in with a larger brush. I started off with a larger flat tip brush, and switched to a round tip brush because it was easier to get a clean line. I’d recommend using a small, round tip brush for everything.

Step 4: Admire your adorable pumpkin!

Step 5: Share this photo below on Pinterest or Facebook!

pinterest gingham pumpkins