Disney Painted Pumpkins
Disney Painted Pumpkins 2020 Update
I updated this Disney painted pumpkin ideas post in October, 2020. All the original content is still there, I just added several new Disney pumpkin ideas throughout the article. Enjoy!
Halloween is such a great time for creativity. For one, there are all sorts of pumpkin decorating options to take advantage of! For pumpkin carving, take a look at my list of over 700 free pumpkin carving patterns you'll see that there's a pumpkin stencil for just about every interest.
If the video hasn't already played you can watch this video about no-carve Disney pumpkins here:
Related: I also have over 130 FREE Disney pumpkin stencils you can print and use for Halloween!
You can also print out my original 13 Hamilton stencils for pumpkin carving!
See my exact instructions on how to use pumpkin carving patterns:
As you can probably see, I love mixing Halloween pumpkins with pop culture, and Disney painted pumpkins are a great way to do that. I have all sorts of Disney pumpkin painting ideas to share with you!
If you're wanting to make your own DIY Disney decorated pumpkins for Halloween be sure to start with quality supplies. Using great raw materials when you begin to paint your pumpkin goes a long way toward great results!
How to Make Painted Pumpkins
Note: The hands-down easiest way to paint a pumpkin is to use a foam 9″ craft pumpkin. You won't have to worry about irregular surfaces or covering up the color. You'll also be able to use your pumpkin for decoration year after year!
If you're going to use the real thing, follow these pumpkin painting instructions:
1. Don't stress over choosing your pumpkin. The professional pumpkin carver I worked with told me that any pumpkin can be carved into a great design. So pick the pumpkin that works for you, OR just use the pumpkin closest to you.
2. Clean and dry your pumpkin. We used baby wipes when I worked with the master pumpkin carver. You can also use a damp rag and a bit of all-purpose cleaner or dish soap.
3. Seal your pumpkin (optional). Pumpkins are porous. Sealing your pumpkin will help the paint stick to the pumpkin. We've had good luck with this spray-on clear coat.
4. Sketch out a design or find a design to use. Easy coloring books for kids are an excellent source of stencils.
5. Transfer your design onto your pumpkin using carbon transfer paper. Just put your Disney pumpkin design on top of a sheet of carbon transfer paper and go over all the lines with a ballpoint pen.
6. Tape off sections for clean lines. Use painter's tape to paint clean, even lines onto your pumpkin. This is especially helpful for any straight lines, dividing up the pumpkin into sections and doing something like painting half of a pumpkin one color.
7. Paint from lightest color to darkest: Identify what paint colors you need, then start painting with your lightest color first. This will minimize smearing and make any painted pumpkin mistakes much more fixable. Also, starting with a white pumpkin if you're sticking with light colors will minimize the layers of paint you'll need.
Supplies for painted Disney pumpkins
In reality, you only need a few items to make a painted pumpkin:
- a pumpkin
- Acrylic paints
- At least one paintbrush.
The other supplies just makes the project easier. The extras, like an additional paint brush, spray paint and Mod Podge can also help make the finished painted pumpkin look neater and more professional.
More supplies for your Disney No-Carve pumpkins:
You can easily buy all the recommended supplies on Amazon. If you use Amazon prime it will be delivered to your front door in 2 or 3 days and you won't have to hunt all over town for everything!
Here are suggested supplies for making your Disney painted pumpkins:
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, Best Selling ColorsApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, Best Selling Colors IIMartha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint Set, Metallic & Pearl ColorsKrylon Gallery Series Artist Aerosol, UV-Resistant Clear Coatings Gloss9pcs Round Pointed Tip Pony Hair Artists PaintbrushesScotchBlue Painter's Tape
Are you ready for some no-carve Disney pumpkin ideas? I have so many ready for you!
Disney painted pumpkin ideas
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I have 55 no-carve Disney painted pumpkins to give you inspiration this Halloween.
Mickey Mouse Disney Painted Pumpkins
Mickey Mouse is a classic, even in a no-carve pumpkin! Here are some of my favorite Mickey Mouse pumpkins:
Attaching two gourds or two mini pumpkins to a plump pumpkin is a brilliant idea to make a Mickey Mouse painted pumpkin!
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I love how painted cardboard circles make the Mickey Mouse ears on this Disney painted pumpkin. Use that painter's tape I mentioned before to get a clean line separating the black paint and the red paint.
I admit, this one doesn't use paint, but I had to include this Mummy Mickey Mouse no-carve pumpkin. I also think this would be really cute as a white pumpkin, or with several mini pumpkins.
You can pick out your favorite or make all four of these Mickey Mouse pumpkin ideas!
Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Painted Pumpkin Ideas
I love all of these Mickey and Minnie pumpkin ideas!
The black Mickey and Minnie pumpkins are minimalist and modern, the painted Tsum Tsum Mickey and the Gang pumpkins are fresh and fun, and the Minnie Mouse painted pumpkin is just adorable!
I love the matte black paint on these Mickey and Minnie pumpkins!
Related: check out these adorable and affordable Mickey and Minnie costumes!
I think the little pointed hat on this Minnie Mouse Witch pumpkin is my favorite detail. It's just so cute!
Disney Rewards has the cutest collection of Tsum Tsum painted pumpkins with their matching plush characters.
The polka dots, the rhinestones and the bow put this Minnie Mouse painted pumpkin over the top!
Disney Pixar Painted Pumpkins
Pixar movies offer so much variety and creativity. It's so fun to see the elements from some of my favorite movies translated into painted pumpkins for Halloween!
I love this Mike Wazowski pumpkin so much!
Mike Wazowski and Sully from Monster's Inc in painted pumpkin form? Yes please!
Disney･Pixar's UP Painted Pumpkins
Disney･Pixar's Up always makes me a little mushy, so it's no surprise that this Up-inspired pumpkin made me smile!
In a completely different interpretation, this Up house pumpkin uses pompoms to add a third dimension to the design!
Toy Story painted pumpkins
How much do I love this Forky painted pumpkin? So much! Go here to get the directions to make your own.
I love the Toy Story ball. It's so simple and so iconic! Get the directions for how to paint a Toy Story pumpkin here.
As the Bunny Hops is one of my favorite sources of Disney painted pumpkin ideas! She does an amazing job AND she provides clear instructions.
Get the directions for how to make either one of these Toy Story pumpkins. You can make a Buzz Lightyear pumpkin, and Woody pumpkin or both!
I love the idea of making several of these Toy Story alien pumpkins. They're the funniest when they're in groups!
Here's another Toy Story painted pumpkin featuring those little green aliens!
Star Wars painted pumpkins
I can't do a Disney Halloween post without including some Star Wars painted pumpkins!
This Baby Yoda painted pumpkin from The Mandalorian is adorable!
Related: Need more of The Child? Use one of these Baby Yoda pumpkin stencils for the cutest Star Wars pumpkin ever!
This BB-8 Star Wars painted pumpkin is amazing. I love how it's designed with two white pumpkins together.
Related: Lots of these Star Wars party ideas can be used for Halloween parties!
Let these 2 R2-D2 and C-3PO designs inspire your own Star Wars painted pumpkins! This is another painted pumpkin decorating idea that would work well starting with a white pumpkin.
How amazing is this Princess Leia Star Wars painted pumpkin?
Aren't Porgs the best? I'm loving this porg painted pumpkin from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Check out this D-O painted Star Wars Pumpkin from The Rise of Skywalker!
Related: Bookmark these Star Wars Elf on the Shelf ideas. The holiday season is just around the corner!
Frozen Disney Painted Pumpkins
From everyone's favorite snowman to beautiful princess, these Frozen Disney pumpkins are perfect for your front step!
Olaf is definitely my favorite, and I love that he has this bright little pumpkin next to him! Consider using spray paint to paint your pumpkins if you're doing a full layer of a single color. You'll get a nice even coat and you'll finish the job very quickly!
Related: These 55 Disney Elf on the Shelf ideas include Olaf and other Frozen ideas.
As the Bunny Hops makes beautifully inspired movie crafts, and this Elsa painted pumpkin is perfect!
Another Olaf painted pumpkin! It looks like the head is made from a butternut squash, which is super cute.
This Elsa painted pumpkin with layered irridescent sequins is gorgeous. I love how the smaller pumpkins alongside it match but they're not exactly the same. See how to do it here.
Check out these directions for how to make Frozen no-carve Disney pumpkins.
Princess Disney Painted Pumpkins
I just about died when I saw this Beauty and the Beast Belle painted pumpkin for the first time. It's stunning!
This Cinderella's coach made from a painted pumpkin is inspired! The white gourd wheels are everything. You can spray paint orange gourds for the same effect.
I think this Princess and the Frog Tiana painted pumpkin is so unique. It suits the character of Tiana perfectly.
This stack of Cinderella Disney decorated pumpkins is a beautiful nod to the film. I think Mod Podge could work well for securing some of the embellishments to the pumpkins.
How great is this Mulan painted pumpkin?
Marvel Disney Painted Pumpkin Ideas
The glossy finish on this Captain Marvel painted pumpkin gives it such a powerful look!
Looking for superhero or other Marvel painted pumpkin ideas? I'm a huge fan of Captain America (I've had a special place for him since I did a set visit), and I'm in love with this Cap pumpkin!
I also have a soft spot for Baymax, but I think everyone who's seen Big Hero 6 feels the same way! I like how simple this Disney painted pumpkin is.
Here's another Baymax painted pumpkin. I also love the glitter-covered pumpkin by his side.
Related: Read why you should buy the Big hero 6 blu-ray.
More Disney painted pumpkin ideas
- Visit Good Housekeeping and see 10 Disney pumpkin ideas.
- Here are five ways to decorate a pumpkin, Disney style!
- Take a look at these six spooky templates for Disney painted pumpkins.
- Here's one more BB-8 painted pumpkin tutorial.
- This Monster's University Mike Wazowski painted pumpkin is adorable!
- Take a look at these 3 Disney painted no-carve pumpkins!
See more Halloween articles:
- Over 30 Unique and Easy Halloween Cupcake Ideas
- Here ar 15 awesome DIY costumes for babies and little kids
- See all the great ideas for DIY Halloween costumes made with tutus
- Check out 15 easy DIY Halloween decorations
Which of these Disney painted pumpkins is your favorite?