Easy Hydro Dipped Painted Pumpkins

Do you love decorating for Fall, but don’t always want everything to be orange? This fun painted faux pumpkin craft can be done in less than 20 minutes (minus dry time) and costs under $5!

faux painted pumpkins in gold basket with gray, black, white and gold spray paint.

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I grabbed these faux pumpkins at the end of the season for really cheap. I knew they would make the perfect Fall decoration. Come along and learn how to water marble using your leftover spray paint.

How Do You Create A Marble Effect With Spray Paint

Because most spray paints are oil-based they can create a fun effect in the water. Think about how salad dressing creates the effect in your bottle. Essentially you are hydro dipping by floating the spray paint on top of the water before dipping.

We have used the same technique to create amazing marble terracotta pots.

Recommended Supplies

  • Faux Pumpkins-sometimes you can find small pumpkins at the Dollar Store. These were bought at Michael’s after the season last year for under $1. We love 70% off sales!
  • White Spray Paint With Primer– We use a glossy finish to give a fun almost ceramic look.
  • 2 Additional Colors of Spray Paint– We used gold spray paint and black.
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Old Plastic Bin or Bucket

DIY Painted Pumpkins Instructions

Before You Begin

Set up your paint station and make sure your pumpkins are dust-free.

faux green and cream pumpkins on cardboard.

Step 1: Spray Faux Pumpkins White

Use large sweeping motions to cover pumpkins with white gloss spray paint. Let spray paint fully dry.

small fake pumpkins on cardboard painted white white spray paint.

Step 2: Fill Water Container and Gather Spray Paints

Your container only needs a little bigger than your pumpkins. We used a Dollar Store container. You will probably ruin the container so don’t use one you love.

small container of water with painted white pumpkins on cardboard.

Step 3: Add Spray Paint To Water

You will need to do this very quickly. We sprayed gold and then black spray paint.

hand spraying gold spray paint into plastic container with water.

Step 4: Swirl Paint Around

Use a skewer to swirl the paint around. You don’t really need to mix it too much.

hand using skewer to swirl spray paint around in water.

Step 5: Dip Pumpkin In Water

You will see how the paint attaches to the pumpkin when you dip it. You can twist the pumpkin before pulling it out.

hand dipping fake pumpkin in spray paint and water.

Step 6: Pull Pumpkin Out

You can dip the whole pumpkin or just half of one like in this picture.

Note: You may want to wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to be covered in spray paint.

hand pulling out of water a fun marble looking pumpkin.

Step 7: Prop Up To Dry

If you dip the whole pumpkin this is a little difficult. For the ones that were completely dipped, we used old styrofoam to stick the stems in.

painted marble pumpkins drying upside down in styrofoam.

How To Display

Use a dollar store basket to display your pumpkin craft.

hand holding gold basket from the dollar store.

Finished Painted Pumpkins

The best part about these gold, white and black marbled pumpkins is that you can keep them out past Halloween. We may even use them as place cardholders at Thanksgiving.

dollar store painted pumpkins in basket with skull and plant.

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Craft FAQs

How can I tell if my spray paint is oil-based?

Look at the clean-up instructions. If it says it needs to be cleaned up with mineral spirits or paint thinner then you have oil-based paint.
If the clean-up instructions say to clean with soap and water then you have water-based paint.

Can you do this on real mini pumpkins?

I would think if you spray or paint your pumpkins first with acrylic craft paint this technique would work. If you want to do larger pumpkins, just make sure that you have a large enough container for water.

Do you have to spray a base color?

We found that the spray paint sticks better if you coat the pumpkins with spray paint that has a primer built in first. We tried a few on just the plain pumpkin body and some of the faux marble paint chipped off.

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Painting Fake Pumpkins (Easy Idea)

Learn how to create a marble effect with spray paint for this easy Fall DIY decoration.
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painted faux pumpkins with marble looking paint in gold basket.
Prep:5 minutes
Active Time:15 minutes
Dry Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes


  • Wooden Skewer
  • Old Plastic Bin or Bucket
  • Water



  • Use large sweeping motions to cover pumpkins with white gloss spray paint.
  • Let spray paint fully dry.
  • Fill plastic container with water and gather other spray paints.
  • Add spray paint to water quickly. Add gold and then a little black.
  • Use a skewer to quickly swirl colors for 5 seconds. You do not need to do too much.
  • Dip the pumpkin in spray paint and water. Optional: You can swirl the pumpkin in the paint.
  • Pull pumpkin out.
  • Let fully dry.
  • Display your pumpkins for fun Fall DIY decorations.


  • If you dip the whole pumpkin it is difficult to prop up to dry. For the ones that were completely dipped, use old styrofoam to stick the stems in.
  • This technique works best with a base coat first. Make sure your first coat of paint uses spray paint with primer in it.
  • You do not have to dip the whole pumpkin. Some of our favorites were ones that were only dipped halfway.
Author: Erin Nutter
Cost: under $5

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