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DIY Mud Cloth No Carve Pumpkins

by on Oct 18, 2016

Mud cloth + Halloween are a winning combination! The traditional black and white African story cloths boast beautiful, bold prints that look amazing and modern on the organic shape of a pumpkin.

Mud cloth has a deep and rich history, and it happens to be having a moment today. We created a pair of printed pumpkins, inspired by the likes of Homey Oh My! and Chica and Jo. Our process was a little different, read on to hear all about what went down when we made these pretty pumpkins.


Pumpkins ready to be decorated.


  • Foam pumpkins (real ones would do too, we just liked the permanence of the faux ones … and the fact that they were already black and white).
  • Black and White Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • A few hours. This project is time consuming, but also relaxing!


Find some mud cloth design inspiration. Here’s a collage of the prints we loved the most:

Mud Cloth Painted Pumpkin DIY


Paint your pumpkins. We used black paint on the white pumpkin, and white on the black one. It took about 2 hours to paint both, but when deadlines are looming and there never seem to be enough hours in the day, painting gourds is a Zen-like luxury.


A person is drawing on pumpkin using paint brush.

a girl holding a white pumpkin

Pumpkin is decorated with different designs and colors.

A woman painting a pumpkin with gray paint.

Man holding a pumpkin with painted on it.

Two hands holding a pumpkin that has been painted grey and white next to a white painter's pallet.


A pumpkin that has been decorated.


Handpainted geometric design decorative pumpkins.

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