DIY painted fall pumpkins are a quick and thrifty way to add early autumnal touches to your home.
If you glanced at the calendar as you read the title of this post and rolled your eyes, I understand.
Believe me; I usually don’t even think about dragging out my fall decor until the daytime temps dip into the upper 70s. Sometimes around here, that can be late October.
This year I felt different. Maybe it’s because we had a mild for us summer or maybe I’ve just spent too much time pinning autumnal inspiration.
Whatever the reason, I just felt ready!
I started shopping the pumpkin aisle at my local Dollar Tree store a few weeks ago. After learning a hard, cruel lesson last year about waiting for it to feel like fall, I decided to get ahead of the curve.
Now, let’s face it, the price is always right at the dollar store but, maybe metallic is not the look you want to rock this year. If this is your jam, go forth and buy all shiny pumpkins now before they run out.
If you need something a little more neutral, then I would say let’s paint some pumpkins!
DIY Painted Fall Pumpkins
Last Saturday I gathered up all the pumpkins I had stashed, grabbed my spouncer brushes and various types of paint and had a pumpkin painting party!
My oldest son helped even helped out.
I decided to jump on Facebook Live to give a quick tutorial because it was just that much fun and so easy and inexpensive.
You can watch the video here.
How to keep this project under $10
To meet the challenge for this month’s edition of Ten on the 10th, I’m going to show you how I painted and used my three little pumpkins to make a really big statement.
Because we need to get as much bang for our buck as possible.
Each pumpkin I purchased was .98. I have 21 in my possession. Gasp! I know. I bought some for a friend.
TIP If you do not have Dollar Tree stores in your neck of the woods, WalMart also has .98 pumpkins in a plethora of shapes and sizes.
Here’s the cost break down for painting three pumpkins
- .98 x 3 = 2.94
- 3.96 Valspar paint sample in Vanilla Steam
- 1.47 Waverly Inspirations Chalk Style Matte Finish No Prep Acrylic Paint by Plaid
I’m not including the spouncer brush I used because if you are a regular around here, you know that it is my favorite tool for applying paint to small items. So I’m pretending you already own one. You could use any type foam craft brush.
I didn’t do any prep before I painted, I just shook the paint and went for it!
It only took one coat to cover each pumpkin. Using the Waverly Inspirations paint in Moss, I dry brushed the stems just to give them a little more realistic look.
This is one project that actually turned out like ten times better than I hoped.
What can you do with just three pumpkins?
I’m glad you asked that question because I could have written an entire post on interesting ways to style pumpkins. (stay tuned)
Obviously, three pumpkins won’t make much of a statement spread out in three different places in your home but, they will look smashing in the middle of your dining room table like this.
I love the combination of white, moss green, and rustic wood together; it’s a subtle nod to the season.
Let me break down the cost of this arrangement.
- Reclaimed wood table runner – free
- white acorns- $2 Target Dollar Spot (purchased two years ago)
- white plates- .50 cents each from a thrift store
- leftover moss from a previous project
See what you can do with just a few things?
So if you aren’t ready to bring in real pumpkins just yet, this project might just satisfy your craving for a little fall without breaking your pumpkin spice latte’ budget. 🙂
Be sure to check out my uber thrifty friends for more $10 inspiration.
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