Decorate a spooky Halloween pumpkin

Halloween doesn’t have to be all ghosts and ghouls. Turn fright night into a kid-friendly celebration with these cute and colourful pumpkins. We found a variety in different shapes and sizes at a local greengrocer for a fun mix.

Bunnings magazine, October 2019

Create it at home

What you need

  • Drop sheet
  • Pumpkins in different sizes
  • Interior wall paints in white and various colours of your choice (see below for our picks)
  • Paintbrushes (we used two sizes, larger for the pumpkins and finer for the letters)
  • Wooden craft letters
  • All-purpose glue


1. Prep your space
Lay out a drop sheet or newspapers, as the pumpkins can roll and make a mess!

2. Base coat
Paint pumpkins with a base coat of white. Note: we left some unpainted for a natural look.

3. Decorate
 Play around with different combinations of colour, painting part or all of each pumpkin over the white base.

4. Paint the letters
Paint the letters in your chosen colours, giving them two coats for the best finish.

5. Apply the letters
Once the paint has dried, apply lettering using all-purpose glue.

Our pumpkin paint picks

  • Dulux Natural White base coat,
  • Taubmans Silky Blue
  • Taubmans Orange Glow
  • Dulux Golden Marguerite
  • Taubmans Jaguar Rose top coat
  • Taubmans Strawberry Splash top coat

Time to trick or treat

There you have it, now all you need to do is pop into your local Bunnings to pick up your paint supplies for these spooky pumpkins.

Photo credit: James Moffatt

More D.I.Y. Advice

Teddy Bear's Birthday 05:16

Craft Activities How to create a Teddy Bear’s birthday Has your teddy bear got a birthday coming up? Why not throw a party? Here’s how:

kids binoculars made from recycled toilet paper rolls 03:35

Craft Activities How to create a binocular safari Creating Binoculars is essential for spotting wildlife on a safari. Follow this step-by-step guide to find out how to make your own.

terracotta pot person 02:22

Craft Activities How to create terracotta pot people Take two pots, stick them together and decorate it any way you like. Voila – you’ve made your very own terracotta pot person.

Two cactus rock pots 02:30

Craft Activities How to create cactus rock pots We show you how to make an easy cactus garden that really rocks.

bug hotel 02:03

Craft Activities How to make a bug hotel Making a bug hotel is a great way to bring all sorts of critters such as native bees, bugs and other interesting creatures into your yard. It’s a great project for the kids who can then watch them grow in their natural habitat.

How to create letter art 02:14

Craft Activities How to create letter art Whether it’s your name, a slogan, or an inspiring word, making FUN letter art is all about putting your own stamp on timber letters. Here’s how to do it.

how to make a nature hanging 02:47

Craft Activities How to make a nature hanging Making a nature hanging for your room is an awesome way to use things you find outside to make something cool for your room. It’s easy and fun, here’s how to do it.

Noughts and Crosses Game 02:52

Craft Activities How to make a monster noughts and crosses game Who doesn’t love noughts and crosses? This version is called Monster Noughts and Crosses and the whole family can play. Here’s how to make your game at home.

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our DIY videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member

Top of the content