How to Paint a Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin (Easy Craft!)

Happy Fall everyone!  Wow, this year is really flying by!  How is it already time to think about decorating pumpkins?  Well, if you’re a fan of buffalo checks, I have a festive and easy craft project for you!  Today, I’m going to share how to paint a buffalo plaid pumpkin!

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How to Paint a Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin:

If you want to try an easy DIY project for fall, this is the paint project for you!

Gray and white painted pumpkins - easy DIY project

Before I give you all the pumpkin painting details, I want to tell you that I’m joining a group of 8 talented bloggers for a Creative Craft Blog Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather.  When you’re finished here, be sure to check out all the amazing crafts listed at the end of this blog post!

Let’s Get Started with the Plaid Pumpkin Painting:

Supplies Needed for Your Pumpkins:

  • Craft pumpkins (or any fake pumpkin)
  • Craft paint – (I used off white, gray and black paint)
  • Paint brush

Instructions to Paint Buffalo Plaid Pumpkins:

Step 1:

  • Coat the craft pumpkins with a layer of white paint.  (If your craft pumpkins are already white, you don’t have to paint them but I like the extra texture the paint adds).

white craft pumpkins - how to paint buffalo plaid pumpkins

For my pumpkins, I chose a creamier white to make them look a little more natural.

Step 2:

  • With the gray paint, apply vertical wide stripes evenly down the sides of the pumpkin.

painted pumpkins - how to paint buffalo checks

Even though I’ve seen people mark the stripes off with painter’s tape, I find it just as easy to paint free hand.

Gray and white painted pumpkins - easy DIY project

For your own pumpkin, you can decide which way is easier for you.

Step 3:

  • Let the gray paint dry.

gray and white pumpkins - how to paint buffalo plaid pumpkins

Step 4:

  • Paint horizontal stripes across the pumpkin.

DIY painted pumpkin

Step 5:

  • Paint black squares where each horizontal and vertical stripe meets.

painting a buffalo check pumpkin

Step 6:

  • Let the plaid painted pumpkins dry.

Black and White Buffalo Check Pumpkins

If you’re happy with the existing color of the pumpkin stem, just leave it.  Otherwise, add a little paint to the stem.

Step 7:

  • Decorate with your buffalo check pumpkins!

Last year, I decorated my fall mantel with black and white buffalo check pumpkins…

buffalo check pumpkin on fireplace mantel

And the year before, I painted a blue buffalo check pumpkin for my fall dining room…

Fall bar cart with blue buffalo plaid pumpkin

If you like this simple craft, head over to see more pumpkin ideas on my blog post – Pumpkin Decorations for Fall.

Hopefully, my pumpkin painting ideas will inspire you to try something new with your pumpkins this fall!

Now, head over to Bluesky at Home to see how Carol decorates her pumpkins with rope and twine!

Thanks to Sara from Birdz of a Feather for hosting this Creative Craft Hop!  Once again, be sure to check out all the awesome crafts from the list below!

Creative Craft Hop

How to Paint a Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin

How to Decorate Pumpkins with Rope and Twine

Hello Fall Pillows

DIY Succulent Pumpkins

DIY Fall Halloween Magnets The Cute Side of Boo

Drip Painted Ginger Jar Tutorial

DIY Rope Ribbed Glass Pumpkin

Creations A Spooky Centerpiece for Halloween

Spray Paint Chrome

Will you be painting any pumpkins this fall?

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  1. I love plaid vibes for fall, Shelley! And you’ve given us a fun way to achieve a classic and charming look for pumpkins! Thanks for sharing a wonderful tutorial!

  2. These are beautiful Shelley and look wonderful wth your Fall decor! Thanks for a great tutorial. I just love how painterly these look when they’re done free hand!

  3. Shelley, I love these and want to try to make them. It looks like you have a very steady hand to get the stripes nice and straight. I will concentrate very hard – and not drink any wine before I start to paint!

  4. Shelley, I love these! Such a fun buffalo plaid look. . . and so much easier than I would have thought! Thank you for the tutorial.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  5. Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade! These are adorable! I’d love for you to come over and share on my other link party as well. Traffic Jam Weekend is open now (Thursdays thru Sundays), and I think our readers would love this!

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