How to Give Your Pumpkins a Totally Chic Marble Effect

You don't have to look hard to find a marble detail these days. From popular Carrera on kitchen counters to stationery on well-curated desks, marble is the type of design that makes anything look good. And if you're thinking that the same ol' shade of orange pumpkins is rather boring — or that the hue simply doesn't match your aesthetic — then go ahead and apply a marble effect to their surfaces. After painting your pumpkins a bright white, use a feather to blur and scatter "marble" lines that suit your preferences. When you're finished, you'll have autumn decor pieces that manage to give two ubiquitous items, pumpkins and marble, a fresh look.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkins (real or craft)

  • White spray paint

  • Craft paint in whatever color you'd like your marbling to be

  • A stiff feather

  • Assorted paintbrushes

  • Water

  • Clear gloss glaze (optional)

Step 1: Paint Your Pumpkins White

You can use real or fake pumpkins for this project, depending on whether you'd like to keep them around for next year! Whichever option you choose, start by giving your pumpkins a coating of white paint. This project used a glossy white spray paint, but any paint works.

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Step 2: Use a Stiff Feather to Add a Marble Effect

A stiff feather really gives the right effect that a paintbrush just cannot do — take one and trim it before adding a color. Take your marbling color and mix a small amount with water (you don't need much). As a reference, the ratio of paint to water should be 2:1. Then, add 1 part white paint to get a much lighter color.

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Dip your feather slightly into the paint, and then rub it along your pumpkin in varying diagonal angles. Rub the lower parts of your feather along the initial design to give it a frayed look.


You can use a piece of marble tile, or look up pictures online, as a reference.

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Step 3: Spread Out the Lines With Water

Now, take a small paintbrush and dip it in water. Use this brush to spread out your marble lines. You want a blurred, imperfect look. This process is really forgiving, so don't worry if you spread out your designs too much! You can always add more paint or more water to change any marks you don't like.

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Repeat the process on all of the lines to achieve the right look.

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Step 4: Add More Precise Veining

For the second layer of marbling, add a little black to your paint to slightly darken it. Repeat the process of feathering veins in the same places as your first lines — you only need the feather and a small amount of paint. After spreading the paint on, really rub the lower part of your feather into it to spread it out. The lines should still be fairly blurry.

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For the third layer, darken your paint even further and then feather it on. This time, use a dry paintbrush to spread out the paint. This layer will be more defined than the former two, but still rubbed in.

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Step 5: Blur the Veins and Add Finishing Touches

To achieve the blurred result shown in this project, dip a paintbrush in water. Dab the brush randomly over the veining. Let the drips of water blur the paint, and then rub down the pumpkin. You can choose to add a little more definition by painting a small amount of your darkest color onto the veins. When you're satisfied, paint the pumpkin stem in the color of your marbling.

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Step 6: Apply a Clear Glaze

Because marble is so shiny, give your pumpkin a final clear glaze coating to emulate that design. It will also make it more durable!

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Step 7: Display Your Marble Pumpkins

This project is easy to pull off because the paint is so forgiving — feel free to be really creative with your designs!

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)
(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)