6 Painted Pumpkins SO Good, You May Never Carve Again

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6 Painted Pumpkins SO Good, You May Never Carve Again

NEW No Carve Pumpkin Ideas-NoSmallLife

Fall! I know it’s been a main topic around here between Fall Fashion Posts, How to Wear Plaid this fall, Tailgate Recipes and the list goes on. But seriously?! This time of year is easy to love, so colorful. There’s a tree in my front yard and for about the next 2 weeks, it’s a “take your breathe away” kind of beautiful.  We have to soak up every minute because soon it will be…Win…t..see, I can’t. even. say. it.

When you envision your “perfect” Fall, what do you think of? Apple picking? Changing leaves? Sweater Weather? Chai tea lattes? With every season, I have a bucket list of sorts. (Here’s my Summer one) There are certain things that I think just make the season complete. For Fall, one item that always lands on my mental bucket list is carving pumpkins. I’ll pin cute designs when I come across them and conjure up the idea of a couples date-night-pumpkin-carving-contest. And then…..

Life happens! 🙂 And somehow Carving Pumpkins never makes it to the top of the priority list.  Go figureWhere are you at today?  Do you have 10 pumpkins carved already and have no idea what I’m talking about?  Maybe you’re going through a difficult time right now and don’t have the energy to celebrate the season.  OR Maybe you simply have a pumpkin that’s currently taunting you; you bought it with very good intentions but now don’t want to deal with the slimy stringy-ness of it all.


I get it.


That’s what happened to me a few years back. Every year pumpkin carving would land on my mental bucket list and every year without fail, Thanksgiving would roll around and I’d be waving bye bye to my good friend the jack-o-lantern. SO, today in an effort to help you “get your fall on” and celebrate the season WHILE maintaining your sanity, I bring to you : “The Spray-Painted Pumpkin.” That’s right this self-proclaimed queen of spray paint is taking it to another level. We’re spraying gourds baby! 😀 You now have no excuses, don’t let your schedule or lack of knife skills keep you from fully enjoying the season. Even if you are short on time, you can still celebrate & get your fall on!


My cutie pie sister is joining me today and we’re going to do 6 versions of super-simple, anyone-can-do painted pumpkins for your viewing pleasure.


Pumpkin before


First up, your basic spray painted pumpkin. This is the pumpkin to do when you have 30 seconds. 🙂 Last year, I saw these gorgeous metallic pumpkins at a design store. The price however, not so gorgeous. What’s a girl to do? Don’t fret, it’s your favorite metallic spray paint to the rescue of course. The only prep step for this is to wipe down your pumpkin to get rid of any dust or dirt. Then just lay your it on a surface you don’t mind getting paint on.


Apples & Pumpkins


Now, these little cuties are fine on their own, and for $0.70, they’re well within ANYONE’S budget.  BUT, why not jazz them up a little for their new home?  Currently they’re residing in an Ikea bowl alongside their neighbor the faux green apple IN, my Dining room. 


Apples & Spray-Painted Pumpkins


Here’s a “Pie Pumpkin” with the same spray paint. I LOVE this size, it seems to be a little more practical for inside decor.


spraying punkin

As you can see, I’ve used this poster board multiple times and it’s still going strong. I prefer poster board to newspaper or a drop cloth because it doesn’t stick.

Gunther however prefers the drop cloth.


gunther drop cloth

I placed this mini pumpkin on my Mantel to add a little “Fall meets Glam” to my decor.


Fall Mantel

Next up are 2 basic spray painted pumpkins with a little kick. These are the pumpkins to tackle when you have 1 minute 30 seconds 🙂

The 1st Pumpkin has a very playful feel and would be great for the kiddos in your life. I sprayed this pumpkin a semi-gloss white and added teal washi tape from Target.  There are so many designs that you could do with the washi tape OR you could err on the side of ridiculously simple and pretend you intended your pumpkin to resemble a basketball…like I did. 😉 (And yes, if you squint real hard, those ARE tags still on my desk lamp.I’ve been debating. You like? Or is it back to Home Goods for me?)


Washi tape Pumpkin

The 2nd basic spray-painted pumpkin was a total happy accident.  It started out metallic silver with polka dots, but it wasn’t workin’ for me.  THEN I decided it should be cream with gold polka dots. And next, I learned a valuable lesson:   Spray Paint, has a shelf life and my Cream can had seen better days.  It was a crazy splotchy mess.  To cover it I decided to spray it with Metallic Bronze in a hammered finished.  Have you used Hammered Spray Paint before? It’s awesome. ( I spray painted all my interior door knobs with it!)  But alas, the cream splotchy mess had yet to dry and the result was..um..as my whitty sister put it, “marbled.” And truth be told…I LOVE it.



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Life Lesson #532:  Sometimes, a creative mistake can open up room for a new idea.  Embrace it.  It’s just a pumpkin.

And before we conclude the spray-paint only section.  Meet my gourd.  He was $0.27.  He got painted and now lives on my ottoman topping a stack of books.  He’s neighbors with a Home Goods vase that is filled with a few branches I literally ripped off my tree as I was letting Gunther out one night.  You gotta use What’s in your Hand remember? 😉 He’s got the cutest little shape.



Moving right along we have 2 simple versions of a Monogram Pumpkin.

Here is my 1st attempt.  My sister was hoping for a lovely “Q” on her Cream Faux-Pumpkin in order to celebrate her new-ish last name.



How NOT to paint a Pumpkin-NoSmallLife

Life Lesson #534: Stenciling non-flat surfaces…is not my forté. The struggle is real.

SO, in order to redeem myself, I instituted the help of my friend EmilyShe’s the perfect mix of love, sarcasm, loyalty, and calligraphy.  Seriously, the girl can hand letter like nobodies business. You can follow her on Instagram here. You won’t be sorry.  If you do not have an Emily in your life, try sketching on your own lettering in pencil OR you could print off a giant letter and trace it on.


How to Hand-Letter a Pumpkin-NoSmallLife

Next, add some Modge Podge (which is in the $1 spot at Target Currently..I KNOW!)  I applied it with a foam brush for extra precision and add glitter. I choose “Champagne” glitter from Michael’s, it has a rose-gold feel.  Once it’s dry, give it a good coat of Spray Lacquer so you can pass it down to your great-great grandchildren.


Final Q

And the result, so pretty and expensive looking.  I was really tempted to keep it, BUT since I have no Q’s in my name.  I made my own Monogram pumpkin… with, wait for it… Furniture Nails!


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Ta-Dah.  I got so inspired, I made another version with a Silver Hammered Finish Furniture Nail


Nail Head Monogram Pumpkin-NoSmallLife

Although G and I are still debating about placement.


No-Carve Monogram Pumpkins-NoSmallLife

He has very strong Pumpkin Opinions.


If you’re wanting to make your own Monogram-Nailhead-Pumpkin just pick up a pack of Furniture Nails from the hardware store.  I used 1 pack per Pumpkin. They’re $1.25/pack, so go crazy, buy 2!

I tried my hand at drawing the “R” on in pencil and then I decided that ALL hand lettering should be left to Emily. Needless to say, I free-handed it and if I can…you can too! 🙂

Ready for one more Pumpkin? I saved my favorite for last.  There’s SO many designs you could do with the Furniture Nails, here’s what I was playing with on a Sunday Afternoon..


 Nail Head Trim Pumpkins

So there you have it, 6 quick and easy no-carve ways to fancy up your pumpkins!

Praying this brightens your home no matter what season your No Small Life is in.

Go forth. Spray paint. And play with Furniture Nails.

Until next time,


Comments (45)

  • September Four Reply

    I love the mini metallic pumpkins. Ridiculously cute! And I love how your nails match 🙂

    October 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Haha you noticed that huh? 😉 thanks so much!!

      October 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm
  • tiffanythdtl12 Reply

    Hey, Megan ~ Love, love, love these ideas! I’m seeing upholstery tacks popping up all over lately, and I’m definitely going to give that trend a try. I especially love your arrow pumpkin! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night! :0)

    October 14, 2015 at 8:22 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Thanks SO much Tiffany! They’re really fun and cheap to experiment with. I might have to give them a try on ACTUAL furniture 😉

      October 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm
  • threekidsandafishc Reply

    Oh wow, this is so so so amazing! Love the spray paint!! Thanks so much for sharing on MMM! I am so glad you came! 🙂

    October 18, 2015 at 1:50 am
    • No Small Life Reply

      You just made my day ☺️ thanks so much Cathy!!

      October 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm
  • Lauree Reply

    So adorable! I have not used it on pumpkins (yet), but I have used the brush-on hammered look paint. I when I decorated our half bath. I painted the light fixture, the outlet and light switch covers. I’ve also used it on a big metal “S” and a metal candlestick that is now a speaker stand. I love that stuff! I have so much left, it might be on a pumpkin soon.

    October 19, 2015 at 2:08 am
    • No Small Life Reply

      OOO a light fixture?! Great idea! I love that stuff. If you end up using it on a pumpkin let me know 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

      October 19, 2015 at 2:16 am
  • curlycraftymom Reply

    These monogram nailhead pumpkins are SO cute (as is your dog!) and I love that they’ll last from year to year.


    October 19, 2015 at 3:09 am
    • No Small Life Reply

      Thanks Carrie!! He’s a cute “little ole man,” just turned 14 🙂

      October 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm
  • 24cottonwoodlane Reply

    We went on a pumpkin painting palooza this year, too! Pumpkins look way better when they’re not orange 😉 I’d love it if you would link these cuties up with us at the Best of the Weekend Link Party. The party went live Friday and is open until Wednesday night. Hope to see you there!

    October 19, 2015 at 11:39 am
    • No Small Life Reply

      Did you?? You’re right, Pumpkins DO look way better when they’re not orange! lol Too funny, thanks for stopping by Jenna 🙂

      October 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm
  • Funky Junk Interiors Reply

    Ohhhhh I’m totally in on that chrome looking one! That is cool! I love a good non carving pumpkin technique!

    October 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Thank you so much! And lucky for you, that’s the easiest one!! 😉

      October 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm
  • 24cottonwoodlane Reply

    These are all so charming but I’m loving those nail heads the most. Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Weekend! I’m featuring this project tomorrow night 🙂

    October 22, 2015 at 5:14 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Oh Wow, thank you so much Jenna! I’m honored and excited! And I totally agree, the nail head ones are my favorite too 😉 Thanks again!

      October 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  • Alyssa J Howard Reply

    So fun! I’m not so great at carving pumpkins (and I don’t exactly have a ton of spare time!), but these are some excellent ideas I think I may have to try. 🙂

    October 23, 2015 at 10:31 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      These sound like a great fit for you then 🙂

      October 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  • Beverly Reply

    I love this technique. Lately, I have not been carving up our pumpkins so this wold work.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,

    October 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Thanks Bev! I hope you enjoy Spray Painting some pumpkins 🙂

      October 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm
  • The Peach Engine Reply

    I love these painted pumpkins, especially the happy mistake!

    October 24, 2015 at 7:55 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Haha, I love that one too 🙂 So glad you stopped by! 🙂

      October 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm
  • Lou Lou Girls Reply

    So cute! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls

    October 26, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  • Elaine Reply

    I love the ones with the tacks!! So cleaver! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday – link Party! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

    October 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm
    • No Small Life Reply

      Thanks Elaine, those are my favorite too 🙂

      October 28, 2015 at 2:12 am
  • Erlene Reply

    I always forget to carve pumpkins and it’s great that I can do all of these so quickly.

    October 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm
  • Angel Reply

    yup!!!! totally stealing these ideas!!! all of them. except i’m going GOLD instead of Silver. I’ll text you pics when done. GREAT ideas…. simply great! thanks

    October 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm
  • Tianna Reply

    awesome ideas! I love the metallic pumpkins 😀

    October 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm
  • DIY Just Cuz Team Reply

    What great ideas, I love that you used furniture nails…clever! This cracked me up, “Embrace it. It’s just a pumpkin” haha! I got here from the Lets Get Real Party!

    October 30, 2015 at 5:15 am
    • No Small Life Reply

      Haha, Thank you so much! I’m so glad you stopped by!

      November 2, 2015 at 4:35 am
  • sherry Reply

    I love these, especially the arrows!

    October 31, 2015 at 1:51 am
    • No Small Life Reply

      Thanks Sherry! The arrows are my favorite too 🙂

      November 2, 2015 at 4:25 am
  • Crystal Reply

    Megan, I live in the very hot south, where we don’t really carve pumpkins, and I have been painting pumpkins for several years just so I can take them from harvest to Christmas. Yours are adorable, and I love the tacks….never thought of that! You should share on Fresh Market Friday Link-up, where we share our best ideas we are passionate about…readers will love this!

    September 19, 2016 at 10:57 pm
    • Chris & Megan Reply

      You’re a pumpkin painter too?! Thank you so much Crystal! We’d love to stop by the link up 🙂

      September 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Megan Chamberlin Reply

    I hate carving, so a no carve option is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

    October 7, 2016 at 2:35 am
  • Sarah @ Bows & Clothes Reply

    These are all super great ideas! I love the glitter one!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Grace + Lace!


    October 7, 2016 at 11:53 pm
  • Casey Capra Reply

    These are so cute!! Totally inspired. I’m watching 5 of my little siblings all next week, thinking I might taking them “pumpkin spray-painting!”

    October 11, 2016 at 10:45 pm
    • Chris & Megan Reply

      Ok, that makes us ridiculously happy! 🙂 You’ve have to let us know how they turn out! 🙂

      October 14, 2016 at 11:16 pm
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