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Easy Fall Decor: DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkins

Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season.

The smell of cinnamon and pumpkin, the changing leaves, the cool crisp air, the beautiful colors, the warm sweaters, the chunky scarves โ€” I can’t get enough. So, when this time of year comes around, I’m all about getting into the spirit of the season.

When it comes to decorating for any season or holiday, I love finding ways that I can seamlessly blend seasonal items with my existing decor. And, let’s be real โ€” when it comes to seasonal decorating, I need it to be as easy as possible because I don’t have time to completely swap out every throw pillow, wall hanging, and flower arrangement in my home with a toddler around.

So, I landed on making these chalk pumpkins. These are so simple to make and can blend effortlessly with your existing decor. We keep a dough bowl in the center of our dining room table with greenery year round. Adding these chalk pumpkins was an easy way to spruce up for the season while feeling cohesive with our home.

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What You’ll Need

Foam Pumpkins
Chalk Paint or Milk Paint
Paint Brushes

That’s it! I told you these were easy. Simply setup an area where you can easily paint the foam pumpkins. If you feel you can easily paint around the stems, leave them on because it makes holding the pumpkin a little easier while you are painting. As you can see, I didn’t worry to much about getting a little bit of paint on the base of the stem. It’s really not that noticeable, especially when they are sitting in the middle of a centerpiece.

However, if the stem can be removed and you don’t want to risk getting paint on it, feel free to take the stem out โ€” just know it will be a little messier to paint. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tip: You’ll probably want to apply two coats of paint when using the darker colors and three coats when using lighter colors.

Tips on the pumpkins

I found my pumpkins at Target, Michaels, and the Christmas Tree Shops. You can probably find some great options on Amazon or at a dollar store as well. I grabbed the cheapest ones I could find in a variety of sizes. Don’t worry too much about the existing colors of the pumpkins โ€” chalk paint has amazing coverage so you won’t have to worry about the colors bleeding through.

Tips on the chalk paint

When deciding what colors to use, choose colors that coordinate with your room without matching exactly to add some depth and variety.ย I decided to stick with soft, vintage colors since we use a lot of neutrals in our everyday decor:

FolkArt Milk Paint in Petticoat
Craft Smart Premium Chalky Acrylic Paint in Silver Gray
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Timeless
FolkArt Milk Paint in Lexington Blue (my favorite)
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Vintage

Also, I didn’t notice much of a difference between the paints. The FolkArt Milk Paints have a funny smell, but other than that, the coverage was about the same between each of them. The Lexington Blue color was my absolute favorite – it’s more of a gray blue which fits perfectly in our home.

I love how these turned out! Such an easy DIY that looks chic and sophisticated without much effort.

What do you think of these chalk pumpkins? Let me know in the comments below!

Jennifer Driskell

Jennifer Driskell

Hi there! I'm Jennifer, a lifestyle blogger and working mom. I help other moms find value, joy, and beauty in the middle of the everyday routines. I'd love to connect โ€” you can find me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram!


  1. I love these chalk paint pumpkins and they perfectly match my decor right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love this idea to match the pumpkins to your home, rather than your home to ORANGE, haha! I will definitely be trying this!

    1. Exactly, Christine! I love that Fall decor doesn’t have to be red, orange, and yellow. Thanks for reading!

  3. They look awesome . I am going to try it for sure.

    1. Thank you, Aradhana! Let me know how it turns out for you!

  4. I love it! Iโ€™m definitely doing to try this.

  5. I love these! I’m totally into easy as I’m not really a DIYer! But I think I can manage these! Thanks for helping a sister out! Pinning! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love this idea so much! I’m completely not crafty or decorative, but I want to try this!

  7. Oh I love this! My colors exactly! I have tried spray painting pumpkins before but didn’t think about the chalk paint which looks so much better. Thank you for posting this…I know my next project.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Tannah! I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!

  8. I love this idea. Seems super easy

  9. This is super crafty and cute! I need to try it. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Wow, Meaghan! What an honor โ€” thank you so much for reading and the recognition!

  11. I am so trying this! So cute

    1. Thank you, Unfiltered Momma! I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  12. Soo creative! Definitely will be doing this with my son! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Aw, that sounds wonderful! I hope the two of you enjoy some creative time together. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  13. These are the cutest! My house is filled with light blue as the accent color so this is perfect for our fall decoration!


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