Fall is here, and it’s just pumpkins everywhere you look – big ones, little ones, real ones, fake ones, plain ones, decorated ones, all shapes and sizes.

Do you also sometimes unpack your seasonal decor and find something that makes you think: how did I ever think this would be cute in my home? Maybe my taste changes too often, but that’s okay because I also happen to love giving anything and everything a new look!

I love decorating for fall, and I also enjoy a good craft project now and again. Dixie Belle Paint has just released the most gorgeous new transfer designs, and that made me think: what could be more fun than decorating pumpkins with transfers?!

Have you ever decorated a pumpkin with transfers? Me neither, but I think you are going to love how this fun craft project turned out!

You know what I’m going to say next, right? Let’s paint!

Supplies I Used To Decorate The Pumpkin

  • A faux pumpkin – mine is made from metal, but any material would work.
  • Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint
    • Yankee Blue
    • Buttercream
    • Palmetto
  • Dixie Belle Silk Mineral Paint
    • Cactus
  • Belles and Whistles Transfer
    • Embroidered Lotus
  • Gilding Wax
    • Gold
  • Cleat Coat Sealer
    • Flat

7 Simple Steps To Decorate A Pumpkin With Transfers

Step 1

I painted the body of the pumpkin with Chalk Mineral Paint in the color Yankee Blue.

Decorating a pumpkin with blue paint

Step 2

For the leaves, I used Silk Mineral Paint in the color Cactus.

Step 3

I painted the pumpkin with a second layer of Yankee Blue, working in small sections and shading with a bit of Buttercream to create more dimension while the blue was still wet.

Since this pumpkin is really bumpy, the shading looks a bit rough. (In retrospect, this step could have been skipped since you can barely see it with all the transfer details added.)

Step 4

I mixed a tiny bit of Cactus and Buttercream in equal parts and lightly brushed it over the leaves. The vines of the leaves are now showing more prominently.

Drybrushing the pumpkin leaves with light green paint

Step 5

With gold Gilding Wax, I lightly brushed the stem and edges of all the leaves.

Brushing gilding was on the pumpkin stem and leaves

Step 6

It is suggested that you let the paint cure for 24 hours before applying transfers.

Dixie Belle Paint's Belles &Whistles transfers.
Transfer design: Embroidered Lotus

This transfer design includes four bigger floral images (two of each), smaller versions of the same images and loads of tiny add-ons like leaves, berries, tiny flowers and twirly vines.

Decorating a pumpkin with transfers

I applied two big florals on opposite sides of the pumpkin with the smaller versions in between.

After that, I went crazy, adding lots of tiny detail to the top of the pumpkin.

I took a huge risk applying transfers to a rounded AND uneven surface, but with a bit of concentration, it worked!

Step 7

Lastly, I sealed the entire pumpkin with Clear Coat in a flat finish.

A blue painted pumpkin decorated with floral transfers

The Pumpkin Decorated With Floral Transfers

The final product after decorating a pumpkin with transfers

Don’t you think it looks super cute and much better than before? Let me know what you think!

I hope this post left you inspired. Until next time, happy painting!

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