DIY Painted Fall Pumpkins

DIY painted fall pumpkins are a quick and thrifty way to add early autumnal touches to your home.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkins are an easy way to add early autumn touches to your home to match your color scheme.

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 waitingย 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.


DIY Painted Fall Pumpkins. These .98 Dollar Tree pumpkins are so easy to transform using a little paint to match your home decor.

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.

TIPย 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. ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out my uber thrifty friends for more $10 inspiration.

Ten on the 10th is a monthly gathering of 10 fun and friendly bloggers who share ideas on gardening, DIYs, recipes, gift ideas, crafts, beauty, fashion, you name it, all under $10.

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  1. Tammy says:

    Oh, my goodness! While I love the white pumpkins, I am really in love with the teal, duck egg and green ones. I can’t wait for the Dollar tree to open today. I am going to paint some pumpkins!

  2. Sarah says:

    I stinking love how these turned out!!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Now I want to paint all the pumpkins!!๐Ÿ˜ƒ And that centerpiece??? Pure perfection.โค๏ธ

  3. Ruth Olenski says:

    I tried to view the video, and it says that it is unavailable. Then I had the brilliant idea to try to access it from one of the other participants’ page, and I still got the same message. I really want to see how to paint those gorgeous pumpkins!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi, Ruth. I am glad you stopped by, but I am sorry you had difficulty with the video portion. I just tested it using my phone and laptop without any trouble at all. I wonder if it could be the browser you are using. You can also view it on my Facebook page.

  4. Laura says:

    What a wonderful idea and I love the colors you selected.
    And your video is so professional.
    I am now inspired to paint some pumpkins!

    White Spray Paint

    • Lisa says:

      I am glad you enjoyed my video. I think sometimes it easier to see someone demonstrate than read instructions. I’m so happy you found a little inspiration.

  5. Kim says:

    Oh, I love these! My dollar store never has anything good, but I might have to go peek to see if they have a few pumpkins. Thanks for the painting tips.

  6. Mary says:

    The pumpkins look really great Lisa. And you are a thrifty shopper. As you know we have a summarized dollar store and even in NY they have no Walmart. Can you believe that I have never been in a Walmart. I am going to have to find one and and pick up some of those brushes. So glad you used the reclaimed wood runner with the pumpkins. The whole tablescape looks great.

  7. Kim says:

    Lisa, I am so in love with these!! The table looks so good – I can’t even believe they were metallic. I’ll be stalking my Dollar Tree for these shiny things!

  8. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    Ooh, I love how these turned out. The white is so beautiful and painting the acorns white too is a lovely touch that brings it all together. They hadn’t unpacked the Fall stuff yet when I went do my Dollar Tree but I’m heading back there today to snag some.

    • Lisa says:

      Hey, Toni. Just so you know, I didn’t paint those acorns. They came from the Target Dollar Spot about two years ago. I haven’t seen them this year. I wish I had bought all the boxes they had. Hurry over to your dollar store!

  9. Nicole says:

    I love the green and the white pumpkins! I need to get chalk paint and get to work! I love the frugal ideas, they look lovely.

    If anyone is looking for acorns to buy, I saw some for sale in small bags at our Michaels last week. (They weren’t painted but you could paint them along with the pumpkins if you wanted to.)

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

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