Happy Fall, Y’all! I’m serving up the next best thing to a PSL: A tutorial on how to create your own colorful Fall Home Decor with these sweet little DIY Painted Pumpkins!
Okay so it is SO hot still in Florida, but a girl can dream. 😉
I got started with my Fall decorations a little earlier this year because I am also going to decorate for Christmas early. (gasp!) I know. All the Thanksgiving decor purists are gonna cringe, but I am due with baby number three November 20th and I would MUCH rather snuggle a newborn come the first of December by the twinkling lights than have to put baby down to decorate after giving birth. <3
Unfortunately, Fall doesn’t come in my favorite pink, navy, blue, gold, and green colors. Orange, brown, and red would basically be the ultimate clash to my bright and colorful preppy home, so I had to improvise!
I got the idea to paint pumpkins from our favorite home decorating search engine: Pinterest. The creative geniuses of Oh Happy Day put together this gorgeous Ombre Mini Pumpkin Thanksgiving Table and I was swooning at first pin sight!
Although I loved the ombre effect, my home is full of so many colors. I decided to remix the idea with the main colors of our bright home decor and top them off with gold stems.
Here is how they turned out!
And they were so EASY to make. I literally picked up the supplies and shot this entire Fall Dining Room Home Tour in a matter of hours. With my two toddler girls along to help!
I loved this quick and easy project so much that I figured I would show you how we made them happen!
diy painted pumpkins
Step One: Get a bunch of mini craft store pumpkins, assorted spray paint colors, and gold acrylic paint. I probably could have gone to a Dollar Store for the pumpkins, but I wanted to get an assortment of pumpkin shapes with different stems. I went to Hobby Lobby and they had an entire aisle full of them! *Note 1: The pumpkins I bought actually came attached to sticks. I just pulled the sticks out and tossed them. *Note 2: I got 40 mini pumpkins for the look. There are three different larger pumpkin styles seen here (I got 10 of each) and one tiny pumpkin style (I got 10 of these!).
Step Two: Lay out your pumpkins on your dining room table. I did this to determine how I would distribute the pumpkins and to ensure I got a good mix of pumpkin styles for each color. The point isn’t to create an exact copy of your final layout, but just to get a nice variation. I then (in no particular manner) separated the pumpkins into four sections for each of my spray paint colors. *Note: Don’t try to do all even numbers for each color. There is visual interest in both pumpkin shape variation and amount per color!
Step Three: Get a tarp or canvas drop cloth and lay out your pumpkins in section per color.
Step Four: Spray paint those little darlings! *Note 1: Wear gloves! You will have to pick up the pumpkins to get the spray paint in all the groves and around the pumpkins. (See artist’s manicure, ha!) *Note 2: I am lazy. I only did one coat of spray paint. I don’t mind a little imperfection and they turned out just fine. *Note 3: Again, lazy. I painted the bottoms and didn’t actually let them dry. I just sat them down. I figured the bottoms of the little pumpkins wouldn’t be showing anyway so it was okay if they were a little messy underneath. NBD.
Step Five: After the spray paint has dried, grab a paint brush and some gold acrylic paint. Carefully paint the stems of your pumpkins, trying not to get gold on the actual pumpkin part. NBD if a little does. It will blend in! *Note: I only did one coat of paint here, too!
Step Six: After the pumpkins are completely dry, arrange them in no particular pattern for an effortless look! It would be pretty to do them all mixed together or in sections like mine! Related: See the whole Fall Dining Room Decor Tour with these DIY Painted Pumpkins here!
Now: Enjoy your pretty little creation!
What do you think? Are you up for a colorful Fall?
Here’s until Christmas! 😉