gold painted white mini pumpkins on a copper pedestal bowl with succulents

Easy & Budget Friendly DIY Fall Pumpkin Decor Ideas

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Halloween may be in the rearview mirror, but the Fall season will still stick around for a little while longer. I know the advertisers are trying to convince us to put our Christmas trees up the day after Halloween, but I say whoa, not so fast! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and I adore Thanksgiving. So there is definitely still time to keep the Fall decor around. If you play your cards right, you can make the most of what you already have and save some money for those crazy Holiday sales! And on that note, check out my brand spanking new resource library filled with free printables that will keep your home looking like a million bucks for, well, nothing. You can sign up at the bottom of this post. Exiting stuff, my friends:)

white mini pumpkins

This year I couldn’t help but pick up a bunch of little white pumpkins. They are so stinkin’ adorable, don’t you agree? Well, there is no way I am going to toss them! They are just as cute and versatile for fall as they were for Halloween and it would be such a waste not to get the most out of each and every one of them. With so many great DIY Fall pumpkin decor ideas there is something for everyone.

Whether or not you prefer a neutral color palette, traditional fall colors or something fun and fresh, you’re sure to find an easy project to suit your taste. And the best part? The best part? All of these little projects are super budget friendly! As a matter of fact, you may already have all the supplies you need! So let’s get started!

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Easy DIY Fall Pumpkin Decor Ideas

#1. Simple gold painted succulent planter

This one is super easy. And it combines my love for succulents with little glam pumpkins. That is all good in my book. You may already own most of the supplies needed, especially if you created the sharpie dishes from my last post. When it comes to craft supplies, well really anything, I prefer stuff that does double duty.

Don’t worry, I will list everything needed for each of the projects at the bottom of this post!

For this you need some small to medium white pumpkins. You want them to be flat on the bottom. For my project I used a faux succulent that I already had on hand. You can use a real one for this project, but the pumpkin will rot a lot faster unless you keep your little plant in the small plastic pot it came in. Just make sure the pumpkin you are using is large enough to hold the little planter.

Cut the top off the pumpkin like this:

little white pumpkin with top cut off for diy fall pumpkin decor

Next, clean out the mini pumpkin by scooping out all seeds and strings with a spoon.

After I cleaned out my pumpkin, I decorated it by painting polka dots on it with a gold oil based sharpie and simply stuck the faux succulent in it. Bend the wire into a hook for more stability. I like the oil based marker here, because the paint stays opaque. I didn’t take any pictures of the painting project, because my readers are super smart and can figure all that out on their own. That and my camera tripod snapped off clean and I don’t have three hands.

Next I drew some line designs on the remaining pumpkins.

white pumpkins with various gold designs

This lovely copper bowl completes the look. I scored this one at the thriftshop a while back, but Etsy has lots of similar ones. Just type “pedestal copper bowl” in their search bar.

gold painted white mini pumpkins on a copper pedestal bowl with succulents

Both succulents are fake, but don’t they look real? They feel real! Since the succulent I was using was on the large side, I opted for only one, but you could definitely use two or three for additional color and texture.  I found this lovely assortment of faux succulents on Amazon. This is a very neutral arangement with just a little gold accent. I can see this as a centerpiece or on a bookshelf.

#2. Pumpkin Floral Arrangement

For the next variation, I simply went out to the garden and used what Mother Nature had to offer. We happen to have a lot of autumn joy sedums (the red stuff) this time of year. It’s one of my favorite plants! The color is gorgeous and they add interest and texture all Summer before really coming into their own in Fall. Plus, they are pretty much impossible to kill. So if you have a real brown thumb, this is definitely the plant for you!

Various fall garden plant clippings, a small pumpkin for diy fall pumpkin decor

On this pic you can see some lavender stems, artemisia, sage and another light green succulent plant that grows in my yard like a weed. You can easily substitute other florals.

I went for different, complimentary textures and colors that would accent the little orange pumpkin nicely.

Cut the top off the pumpkin and clean the inside as with the other one above. Insert a small glass jar into the opening to act as a vase. I chose a small, shallow mason jar, but an inexpensive glass votive holder would work very well, too. Find those at the dollar store.

cleaned out orange pumpkin with small jar for diy fall pumpkin decor

To hold the floral components in place, tape a grid over the opening of the glass jar if needed like this:

pumpkin,glass jar with masking tape

Carefully fill with a little water and arrange your floral elements. You could certainly use a little chunk of wet floral foam, but I didn’t have any on hand. I like something taller in the back, with some of the plants spilling over the sides for added interest.easy diy fall pumpkins decor ideas, floral arrangement in a small pumpkin

#3. Colorful patterned Pumpkins

Now, this last one is really just having fun with colors. A fantastic project with kids! You can create any pattern you’d like! I just scribbled a zigzag pattern in whatever colors fell into my hands. The most important part here is to just have fun! Create just one and put it in a bowl with other, plain ones or let loose and get your colors on! Of course you could just choose some to go with your overall decorating scheme. For this project, regular sharpie style markers will work just fine.

easy colorful diy fall pumpkin decor

painted and orange pumpkin next to each other

Here is what you will need to create your own fall pumpkin decor:

For gold painted and succulent holder:

For pumpkin floral arrangement:

  • small to medium pumpkin in the color or your choice
  • small glass votive holder or mason jar
  • knife and spoon
  • masking tape or floral foam (wet)
  • various floral elements

For multicolor painted pattern pumpkin:

Don’t you just love a simple and cheap project like this? Looking for even more ideas?

Here are a few more links worth checking out!

Are you still in Fall decorating mode? Or are you getting started on your Christmas decor? Either way, I wish you warm and cozy evenings, curled up on the couch with a soft blanket! Enjoy the seasons as they pass by us at a rapid clip!

Keep it simple!

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Don't toss those little Halloween pumpkins yet! Use them to create quick and easy budget friendly fall decor that will last you through the Thanksgiving holiday! These simple DIY pumpkin decorations are fun for the whole family and won't break the bank!

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