Mini-Pumpkins on the Cheap

There are a few problems with starting a season early.

  1. Decor is either hard to come by or stocked at full price
  2. if you buy any natural elements, chances are they will wilt or rot or mold before the actual season is over
  3. 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!

Make your own, long-lasting, mini-pumpkins

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.

Pumpkins 2 - 1

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.

Pumpkins 3 - 4

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!

Pumpkins 3 - 1

They won’t mold, they were totally inexpensive, and I can store them for next year’s use as well!

Paint your own "Baby Boo" pumpkins

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!



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2018-06-18T13:41:40-04:00September 25th, 2015|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS|8 Comments


  1. Linda Page September 25, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Very cute idea. I think I will try to find some to paint and put them in the order sacks of my Stampin’ Up! customers. They will love the Fall Surprise in their sacks. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shelly @ September 28, 2015 at 10:26 am - Reply

      What a great surprise! Something inexpensive, cute and easy that your customers could put on their desk or nightstand – LOVE that idea! I may make some more and “Boo” my neighbours with a mini-pumpkin and a package of hot cocoa – thanks for the great idea!

  2. Lanita Anderson September 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Love how the pumpkins turned out….especially the gold stems!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing….

    • Shelly @ September 28, 2015 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Thank YOU for the kind words. Yeah, the gold stems were so I could get a bit of a “glitz-fix” and they really are quite cute. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. Kathy September 26, 2015 at 1:32 am - Reply

    I like them! I spray painted a couple of fake minis I found from last year because the color was flaking off and I do NOT like the effect of the semi-gloss (what we had left from spray-painting the trim in our ‘new’ house). I do have some of that same craft paint stashed so I’m going to get it out and see what I can do with it! Thanks for the idea and the inspiration!

    • Shelly @ September 28, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      That inexpensive craft paint has saved me from more than a few screw ups! lol It’s easy to do, pretty mindless and the results really are store-worthy. Have fun and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  4. Emily Marie from A Pop of Red September 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Spraypaint to the rescue! Love how these turned out.

    • Shelly @ September 28, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Spray paint actually didn’t work – it made them too ‘artificial’ – even for artificial pumpkins lol. Craft paint from the dollar store to the rescue!

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