4 Step Ombre Pumpkins


Decorating with pumpkins is always fun! Let’s take it to the next level with a trendy and stylish ombre color scheme. Ombre is a gradual gradient from one hue to another and a trend you will see in fashion, décor, hair styles, and now, pumpkins! Today, we are going to teach you how to make your own ombre pumpkins to complete your mantel for the fall season! You can create a more dramatic ombre look with stronger color changes or keep it subtle and elegant. Choose the colors that are right for you!


clean pumpkins

Pick up your pumpkins at a Calloway’s or Cornelius near you. Depending on the size of your mantel, 16-20 medium to small pumpkins should do the trick. When you are ready to get started painting, the first and most important step is to clean your pumpkins. This will help the with the longevity and the health of your pumpkins.

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In a well ventilated area, get a bucket and water. Add 1 tablespoon of soap and 1 tablespoon of bleach. Please assist any children with this step and always be careful with bleach! Let the pumpkins soak for about 10 minutes. Then, allow them to dry completely.


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After your pumpkins are clean, the next step is to spray paint them. Use a primer-based spray paint and coat your pumpkins and their stems. This will help protect your pumpkins and make it better surface for painting.

Allow the spray paint to dry completely before starting the next step. Also, break your pumpkins into 4 groups.


Time to start painting!

You will need:

  1. 2 shades of chalk paint (light and darker) for a fantastic matte look and choose a color scheme that fits your style the best
  2. Gold paint
  3. Large and small paint brushes

To get started, create your paint colors:

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  • Group 1 will be 100% the light color
  • Group 2 will be 2 parts the light color and 1 part the dark color
  • Group 3 will be 2 parts the light color and 2 parts the dark color
  • Group 4 will be 100% the dark color

Paint your pumpkins and give each pumpkin a few coats of paint. Wait before each coat dries before applying the next coat. Once everything is good to go, paint the stems of your pumpkins with the gold paint. This may also need a few coats to achieve a bright, gold color.

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Let’s get to decorating! Set up your pumpkins in an interesting pattern, keeping the color groupings together, and set up your display from lightest to darkest.

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Add some greenery or hay to completely the look and enjoy the subtle elegance of your new ombre pumpkin display!

Stop by our store nearest you for your fabulous and quality pumpkins! Be sure to check out our Autumn Harvest selections! Plus, mark your calendars for our upcoming Pumpkin Fest! Join us next Saturday from 9am-7pm at any Calloway’s or Cornelius, bring the kiddos, and let’s have some fall fun!