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Rock Painting Ideas: Painted Rock Pumpkins (Video Tutorial)

Looking for some fun fall rock painting ideas? Turn ordinary stones into adorable little pumpkins. These watercolor-inspired painted rock pumpkins are a fun and versatile fall decor idea: use them as napkin weights for Thanksgiving, in your fall vignettes or in the garden.

Three rocks painted with watercolor inspired pumpkins in gray, orange on teal. The rocks are resting on a dark wood surface.

Fall Rock Painting Ideas

Rock painting continues to be one of our favorite crafts. Over the past years we’ve painted rock sharks, woodland animals, flower rocks and more. Moreover we have a whole collection of over 60 of the best painted rocks to explore!

With fall around the corner, we of course had to try painting some pumpkins. Most beach stones have kind of a pumpkin shape after all!

These painted stone pumpkins were actually inspired by some watercolor pumpkins Jane painted. We turned them into lovely free printable Thanksgiving place cards which you can download.

Free printable Thanksgiving place cards | Watercolor pumpkin art

The little watercolor pumpkin rocks are quite easy to paint and only need three colours of paint each. We’ve used them as napkin weights, clustered them together on a shelf or you can even put them in your garden outdoors. It’s just fun trying to paint on a different surface.

Materials Needed for these Painted Pumpkin Rocks:

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How to Paint Rock Pumpkins

Here is a quick step-by-step video of the pumpkin rock painting process (say that 3 times fast!). Subscribe to our YouTube channel for nature-inspired DIY, craft and home decor ideas each week. If you’d prefer, visit for the written rock pumpkins tutorial and additional rock painting ideas.

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If you enjoyed this simple Thanksgiving decor idea be sure to check out Sonja’s entire Rustic Fall Home Tour for more fall decorating ideas and her woodland-inspired Thanksgiving tablescape. Finally, we’ve recently painted a set of  super fun Christmas themed rocks!

A collection of Christmas themed painted rocks including a reindeer, Santa, tree, snowflakes and more on a white wood surface.

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Friday 28th of October 2022

I saw on another post about painting rocks that you suggest to bake store bought rocks to melt the coating off. How long does that typically take? I am doing pumpkin rock painting at a class Halloween party.

Jane and Sonja

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Hi Jamie, we havent purhased store bought rocks so we havent tried this method. We sell rocks in our Etsy shop that are natural, uncoated of you are interested. Many thanks, Sonja


Thursday 23rd of November 2017

This brings back childhood memories. I remember doing this as a kid. I am going to see if I can recruit my kids. Thanks for bringing back good memories!!

Jane and Sonja

Friday 24th of November 2017

Our pleasure Grace! My kids were thrilled when I let them use "mommy's paints" in the summer on their own rocks. It was a huge mess. But we'll have their masterpieces to see in the garden at the cottage for years to come. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. We hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. -Jane

Joann @ Woman In Real Life

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

All of your painted rocks are so sweet. And the Thanksgiving place cards are gorgeous! You are such a talented duo.

Jane and Sonja

Saturday 4th of November 2017

Thank you so much Joann! We really appreciate you coming by. :)

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