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DIY Leaf Stenciled Pumpkin

By Rachel

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Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by Rachel Granholm

This project is a fun one! I want to share with you how to create a DIY leaf stenciled pumpkin for fall!

This pumpkin craft is simple and low-key. It is a great project to create if you are tight on time and need something quick or if you are just looking to add some color and botanical whimsy to your fall display. I was inspired to create this project by an idea that I saw in a magazine a few weeks ago. I hope this DIY leaf stenciled pumpkin inspires you to create something fun for your home as well!
an outdoor pumpkin display

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supplies needed for a diy stencil pumpkin

Materials Needed

Directions for a DIY Leaf Stenciled Pumpkin

  1. Wash off the pumpkin.
    Using a rag and warm, soapy water, wipe off the pumpkin. Make sure you try and get most of the dirt off of it or the paint won’t stick properly. Let the pumpkin air dry for a few minutes.
  2. Pick one paint color to start.
    red paint with leaf cutter

    Using a paper plate, squeeze a good amount of paint onto it. Take your leaf cutter and move the paint around with it so that the bottom of the cutter is covered in paint.
    rub leaf cutter in paint
  3. Stamp the leaf onto the pumpkin.
    diy pumpkin stencil
    Press very firmly and get as many of the edges down as possible. A pumpkin is obviously not flat so you will have some areas around the edge that don’t show up.
    diy pumpkin stencil
    To fix this, simply use a small craft paintbrush and finish painting the edges.
    diy pumpkin stencil
  4. Then, fill the inside of the leaf with paint.
    fill in diy stencil with paint
    Use a slightly thicker paintbrush and fill in the middle of the leaf. You can add some texture too if you would like by simply feathering the paint with the brush. See the picture below for reference.
    yellow texture leaf
  5. Continue this process.
    yellow leaf stamp for diy pumpkin
    Using the other colors of paint, continue the above process until you have a pattern on your pumpkin that is pleasing to you. Tip: I went color by color and did all the red leaves, washed the cutter, then did all the yellow leaves, washed the cutter, then all the brown leaves.
    leaf stencils on a pumpkin
  6. Allow the stencils to dry completely for about an hour.
  7. Outline the leaf borders with white paint.
    leaf stencils on a pumpkin
    Using either a pointed paintbrush or a white paint pen, you are going to outline each leaf with paint. This helps to make the leaves stand out more on the orange pumpkin as well as cleans up the edges of the leaf stencils.
    leaf stencils on a pumpkin
    Continue this process until you have all the edges outlined with white. Please remember that no part of this project needs to be perfect. When working with organic and natural products, like a pumpkin, it’s okay to let your project be imperfect. Nature is never perfect yet it is still so beautiful.
  8. Add veins to the leaves.
    paint leaf veins on pumpkin stencil
    Using the same paint brush or paint pen, paint some leaf veins through the middle of each leaf. Again, just let creativity lead this step and don’t worry about perfection. Let the paint dry completely for about a half hour.
    finished diy stenciled pumpkin
  9. Display your pumpkin!
    a diy stenciled pumpkin displayed with white pumpkins
    Your cute pumpkin will look so welcoming on your front porch. Display it with some small white pumpkins and a fall plant such as a mum!


My hope is that this DIY leaf stenciled pumpkin will encourage you to create a simple outdoor fall display for your home. Nature provides a bountiful and beautiful scene, especially during the fall season. Be inspired by the beauty of nature!

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