Inexpensive Fall Pumpkin DIY

Although Halloween will be over as of Sunday, the fall decorating doesn't need to end anytime soon. Stores start to discount their fall decor a little bit after halloween, but things can still get pretty expensive! Like I have said before, sometimes you just have to make things yourself.

This week I'll be showing you how to make an extremely versatile, fun for all ages glittery pumpkin. This has to be the easiest tutorial. Considering I had most of the supplies on hand, the most expensive part was the paper mache pumpkin, which was a whopping $2.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Paper Mache Pumpkin (I got mine from Michael's for around $2)
  • Fine Glitter, like this one here
  • A Paint Brush
  • Acrylic Paint, I chose this color
  • Matte Finish Mod Podge, like this

Paint the Pumpkin:

Pretty self explanatory right? I chose this penny colored paint because I think it will look nice with the chocolate brown glitter that I had. I usually like pretty neutral colors, so this was really getting wild for me! As you can see I have the stem unpainted here. I was originally going to paint the stem separate to give it a more realistic feel. Later I changed my mind because how realistic can a metallic pumpkin look?

Apply the Mod Podge:

Using a paint brush apply mod podge to wherever you want the glitter to stick. I focused my MP on the top of the pumpkin. I wanted to created a dripping effect with the glitter. If you want to go crazy and cover your whole pumpkin with glitter, go for it! I went in with two layers of mod podge to make sure it was very thick and would still be wet by the time I was ready to add glitter.

Add the Sparkle:


Generously apply your glitter. You want to make sure all your podge is completely covered. After you cover the MP with sparkles, turn the pumpkin upside down and shake it to get all the excess off. Then pour more glitter on to make sure you really coat the glue and don't see any white spots.  Make sure you do this on a surface that you either don't care about or can easily be cleaned, glitter will get everywhere. (Don't say I didn't warn you!)

Admire your Work:

Who cares if this was a 3 step, insanely easy tutorial. You just made a chic lookin' pumpkin! No one has to know how easy it was to do. Be proud and display it. Shoot, make a bunch if you want to! I'm so happy with the way my pumpkin turned out. The colors really flow and it fits in so well with my other fall decorations!

If this was the easiest tutorial you've ever seen, let me know in the comments below! I hope this was super simple and helpful to you. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Quick and Easy Faux Pumpkin Tutorial

Can you believe that it is already October? This year has gone by way too fast. I feel like it was just summer. But boy am I ready for the fall weather, this heat really takes a toll on ya!

Since October is here and welcoming us with fallen leaves and (slightly) cooler weather, I'm coming to you with the perfect DIY pumpkin to rock your fall decor. I'm a huge fan of pumpkins, but the real ones go bad too quick. No one wants a rotting pumpkin outside of their door. Plus I'm trying to decorate now, not wait until it's closer to Halloween! Lucky for me (and you), the craft stores are filled with foam pumpkins that are not only affordable but they don't rot! Woo woo. 

Let's get into the tutorial!

Here's what you'll need:

  • A faux pumpkin
  • Battery Powered Lights
  • Paint Pen (optional, depending on if you want more design)
  • Sharpie
  • Drill or Dremel
  • Knife

Step 1:

Let's get the boring part over with. Cut a small hole in the top of the pumpkin with your knife. Make it just big enough to fit the lights in at the end of the project. 

Step 2:

Using your sharpie (or any other marker you have laying around), map out where you want your drilled holes to be. Keep in mind this is where the light will shine through. If your holes are too small, the light will not shine through. The drill must go all the way through the pumpkin!

Step 3:

Starting with your biggest drill bit, drill the center of the flower design marked with sharpie. If you want all the dots to be the same size, you can use one bit. I chose to make my center hole bigger and surround it with smaller dots. 

Step 4:

Using your smaller drill bit, finish drilling holes on the marked dots. 

Step 5:

Let your creative juices flow as you determine a design and overall theme for your pumpkin. Naturally, I chose a very bohemian theme filled with flowers and geometric shapes. 

Step 6:

Enjoy yourself. Don't take this project, or any project, too serious! Just let the art flow. I suck at drawing, I even "messed up" a few times on this pumpkin but knowing that I am creating this with my own hands is badass enough!

Step 7:

Pop your lights into your pumpkin and turn them on! 

This project really is so quick and beyond easy. The whole thing probably took me about 25 minutes. And did I mention how easy it was? Even if you don't have a drill or aren't sure how to use one, I'm sure you can make holes with a nail or screw. This plan is pretty fool proof, I promise!

Here's the pumpkin at night. Oh, spooky! Just kidding. It's got kindergarten style flowers, how can it be spooky!?

If you enjoyed this tutorial or plan to make a pumpkin of your own, let me know in the comments below!

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What's your favorite fall decor item that you have made?