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!

 

 

Too funny

 

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