There are a few problems with starting a season early.
- Decor is either hard to come by or stocked at full price
- if you buy any natural elements, chances are they will wilt or rot or mold before the actual season is over
- You miss out on enjoying the remains of the past season… which is okay in Spring, but seems kind of sad in Fall.
But, rush the season I must – so that you can get hints and tips in advance of setting up your own crafts, decor, gifts and/or baking.
The reason I bring this up?
I wanted some fall mini-pumpkins – but mini-pumpkins purchased in early September will rot by the time Hallowe’en rolls around – so I had to improvise….
thank you Dollarama!
I should have taken a before shot of the ugly orange ones I bought. The colour wasn’t even close to a natural orange, but they did come 4 to a bag, along with pine cones, for $1.
I started out spray painting the pumpkins in a gloss white – and as you can see above, it was not at all Autumn looking and even less aesthetically appealing.
Time to bring in the uber-expensive dollar store craft paint.
I mixed a bit of white with an antique white and came up with a more natural looking colour. Then I decided to top it off with a totally unnatural – but super-glam – gold stem.
All the little lumps and bumps were on the original pumpkin, but real mini’s have some texture too, so I decided against sanding first.
Okay, I was just too lazy to sand.
I think they turned out perfectly!
They won’t mold, they were totally inexpensive, and I can store them for next year’s use as well!
and if they aren’t cute enough – did you know that the name for these little white guys is “Baby Boos”?
If they were still orange, they’d be “Jack-be-Littles”
Have a great one!