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Make Beautiful Faux Heirloom Pumpkins for Cheap

Create beautiful and colorful faux heirloom pumpkins with this easy tutorial using craft paint and cheap fake pumpkins.

Do you love decorating for Fall but find that beautiful modern seasonal decor can get pricey? Today I’m joining a group of fellow Texas lifestyle bloggers in a fun series called 10 on the Tenth.

This group of ladies shares creative ideas for under $10 on the tenth of every month and this month our theme is pumpkins. So grab a faux pumpkin or two and check out this easy DIY for faux heirloom pumpkins!

DIY Heirloom Inspired Pumpkins for Under $10

Faux Heirloom Pumpkins on a black mantel with painting
DIY Faux Painted Heirloom Pumpkins

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a recently retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years.

I’ve perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces the last fifteen years but now we are homeowners and have a new set of challenges! I love infusing colorful global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home.

Fall Decor Blog Home Tour 2
Our open-concept living areas are all ready for Fall!

For this project, I repurposed foam pumpkins into DIY heirloom pumpkins that I have had forever. But I was excited to see very similar 6-inch foam pumpkins at the Dollar Tree this year so I know you can do this project with multiple pumpkins for under $10!

What you need for faux heirloom painted pumpkins:

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Pumpkin Stash
My pumpkin stash before this DIY. The white ones needed some love!

How to paint foam pumpkins to look like heirloom pumpkins:

First choose a color and have 2-3 variations (shades or tints) of the color. You can achieve this by adding white or black to the paint or just grabbing 2-3 small craft bottles in the same color family. I’m using a jade heirloom for my example but you can experiment with many different colors! Paint a pumpkin to look like a heirloom in three steps.

  1. Paint one coat of a base color if your pumpkin is white or 2-3 coats for an orange pumpkin. Mint green is perfect for a jade heirloom look. Let dry.
  2. Use a small craft brush and paint thin lines into the curves of the pumpkin with a slightly darker green.
  3. Take a larger dry craft brush and drag the wet darker paint from bottom to top and top to bottom for dry brushing. Really fill in the grooves and let some paint get outside of the lines. Use the same color or lighten the color a little for the top and bottom of the pumpkin with a dry brush. (Watch the one-and-a-half-minute video below to see the dry brush technique in action.)

Take your pumpkins a step further by adding real pumpkin stems! Carefully use a Dremel tool to remove the foam stem and then hot glue on a real stem.

Fill in any gaps with more hot glue and then paint the base of the stem to the pumpkin covering any exposed hot glue with brown (or stem color) paint.

green faux heirloom pumpkin DIY
Painted Jade Heirloom Pumpkin

I went to a pumpkin farm and asked if I could pick up any stems that were lying on the ground and brought home a huge collection in varying sizes. All you have to do is ask!

Fall Decor Blog Home Tour Faux Heirloom pumpkin
Faux Painted White Pumpkin with Real Stem

The faux heirloom painted pumpkins look great on our DIY German smear fireplace (also for under $10) and other budget-friendly Fall decorating ideas in our Fall home tour.

faux heirloom pumpkins with Fall Decor Blog Home Tour 12
Painted Pumpkins mixed with DIY Gilded Pumpkins and Gourds

Make sure to check out what these other creative ladies are sharing for Ten on the 10th and if you are looking for more seasonal DIYs check out my Fall and Holidays page!

Ann – The Apple Street Cottage
Patti – Pandora’s Box
Terrie – Decorate & More With Tip
Carol – Bluesky at Home
Tammy – Patina and Paint

Have a great day,


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  1. I have done this to many of my old pumpkins that need a new shade of color, but I love how you highlighted your lines and all. Love the colors you used for your pumpkins. Looks so pretty Kathy. Happy Fall season!

  2. Kathy, first I’m so happy that you’ve joined our Ten on the 10th group. Your paint technique for creating this style of pumpkin is great and you described the steps quite well. The mint/jade is so pretty and they all look wonderful on your mantle. It’s great to reuse things we already have.

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