Faux Carrera Pumpkin DIY

4 Materials
4 Hours

Hey friends! I am excited to share this tutorial with you. When I was dreaming up this year’s Fall decor, I wanted to do something different…really different. The idea of a faux Carrera marble pumpkin DIY was just too cool not to try. I mean, what’s the worse that can happen, it’s only paint, right?

I have a serious love for Carrera marble, and I know I am not alone. We try to add some form of Carrera (faux or real) into our interiors. On the faux front – you can find tons of tutorials for counters or walls. Now, you have one for pumpkins!


Let’s get started with this faux Carrera marble pumpkin DIY!


Supplies –

  • Faux (fake) pumpkin
  • White gloss enamel acrylic paint
  • Black gloss enamel acrylic paint
  • Assorted paintbrushes
  • Bowls to mix paint
  • Paper towels for blotting

Step 1 – Paint Your Faux Pumpkin

Have you ever notice how pipe cleaners are now chenille stems, pleather is now vegan leather, and fake pumpkins are now faux pumpkins? Just a “side note” thought, nothing more. 


Paint your pumpkin completely. Allow drying time. 

You will need a few coats of paint to completely cover your pumpkin. 

Step 2 – Mix Dark Gray Paint

Add a little black gloss paint to your white gloss paint. Mix until blended. Continue to add black paint until it achieves the depth of color you wish. 

Step 3 – Add Dark Gray Veins

Okay, here is where I had an epic fail… a real facepalm moment. I thought I could add the veining with the larger brush I was mixing paint with. Cause it was there.

Um, no. 

Bad idea. I made an ugly mess – on one of the larger pumpkins. I had to wait for the area to dry and try to “fix it”. It turned out ok in the end but I was sweating there for a bit. 

I dragged a smaller paintbrush to create much nicer veins. Blotting slightly with a paper towel to soften the lines. 

Since this is my first time trying to recreate Carrera marble – I went a little overboard on the veining. I kept the ones I liked and painted over the ones that were less than desirable. Hoping that my honesty will help you jump in and try this! 


Step 4 – Mix Light Gray Paint

Follow the same method in step 1 just add less black gloss paint. 

Step 5 – Add Light Gray Veins

I used the light grey to trace the dark veins.

Then I add a few dollops here and there of the light gray. To add depth to the white paint, I used a paper towel to dab, move around and pull off the excess. 

Step 6 – Add More Gloss White Paint

Here is where the magic happens, at least it did for me. Ha! I dipped a mushed paper towel into the white paint and started dabbing. I just added paint until the veining didn’t feel so prominent. 

Aren’t they pretty? I think this is my favorite project this Fall season. I hope you give this Faux Carrera Marble Pumpkin DIY tutorial a try!

til Later,


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  • Nancy Chestnut Nancy Chestnut on Oct 07, 2021

    You tried, learned a few things and have lovely marble pumpkins. What's wrong with that? Marbleing takes practice and a light hand with a tiny brush. The feather technique is good, using just the edge and twisting as you go. Good job!

  • Sharonbino Sharonbino on Oct 10, 2021

    i will try. i might use a thread dipped in the gray paint to give more randomness to my veins. great project. thanks for the ideas.