DIY- How to Repurpose Faux Pumpkins

DIY- How to Repurpose Faux Pumpkins

Hey Friends! I am so glad that you are here. Do you have faux pumpkins that just don’t look good anymore, but you just can’t throw them away? I do too. Today, I am sharing with you how to repurpose faux pumpkins. Can you believe that it’s time to start thinking about Fall? Me neither. I’m still getting used to how fast the blogging world moves. I am joining a talented group of ladies for a Fall Blog Hop. If you came over from Darling and Dapper, welcome! Aren’t her sweater pumpkins adorable?

Aren’t these the cutest pumpkins?

I love Fall! I love everything about Fall. I especially love pumpkins and decorating for Fall. If you are anything like me, this is the perfect project for you. I have so many faux pumpkins in my barn that I used outside for the last couple of years for my outdoor Fall decor. They get pretty nasty in the rain and wind and sometimes they start to mold. I just hate throwing things away that I might be able to use again, so I thought that I would paint them in a cute plaid pattern.

These plaids are so fun.

I was at the fabric store for another project, so I thought that I would wander around a bit and find some plaid inspiration. These plaids are so much fun. I took pics so that I could use them for my painted pumpkin project.

I just love the bright colors of the pink and orange plaid and chose to paint it first.

I gathered several colors of paint-black, orange, pink, rust, gold, white and yellow. I also had several colors of paint pens-white, black and gold. I had a two inch foam brush, one inch foam brush and several sizes of paint brushes-ranging from wide to pencil thin. I had four different ribbons to add to the pumpkins after they were painted.

And now the fun begins!

I started by taping off the stem, so that it wouldn’t get paint on it. Then I used a two inch foam brush to paint the entire pumpkin hot pink. It took two coats of pink paint to cover the pumpkin fully. I let it dry completely before I moved on to the next step.

I used a fabric measuring tape to draw out my lines.

I used a fabric measuring tape to mark out my lines. A fabric measuring tape is so much easier to use on a round object that a construction measuring tape. I made a mark every two inches as a guide to keep the lines evenly spaced apart. I didn’t even try to make my lines staight as I loved the freestyle plaid pattern that I was following.

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Using a two inch foam brush, I painted orange stripes around the pumpkin. When the stripes were dry, I painted orange stripes along the grooves of the pumpkin using two different sizes of brushes, creating a grid.

Using a paint pen is easier that using a brush for thin lines.

I used a white paint pen to paint a thin white line on one side of some of the orange stripes, both vertically and horizontally.

Then, I used a thin paint brush to add a thin yellow line on the opposte side of the orange stripes.

And now to add the ribbon.
Didn’t it turn out so cute?

Here are a few more pumpkins that I painted. It’s a great way to repurpose faux pumpkins. You can paint any pattern that you can come up with. If you do this project, please share it with me. I would love to see it.

See more great Fall posts here, here, here and here.

Looking for more great ideas?

Check out these posts: How to Create a Beautiful DIY Fall Garland for Your Front Door, How to Create a Beautiful DIY Fall Garland for Your Front Door, Fall Door Mats to Make Your Porch Festive for Fall, Beautiful Ideas To Decorate Your Porch For Fall, How to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape, Beautiful Fall Home Tour-With the Best Fall Home Decor Ideas

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I sure appreciate you and I enjoy our time together.

Hugs and blessings to you,


Kippi Ohern

Thursday 8th of July 2021

Wow! I love these fun pumpkins. They are too pretty to put away after fall. Have a wonderful week, Kippi

Renae Frey

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Thank you so much Kippi. I alwasys appreciate all that you do. You are amazing. Hugs to you.


Monday 5th of July 2021

You are so creative! I love the pink one! What a great idea, such a great DIY!


Monday 5th of July 2021

I love how these turned out! You did a great job!

Stacy Verdick Case

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Cute pumpkins!

Olivia O'Hern

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Love how the hand-painted plaid turned out on these pumpkins. Too cute! Thanks for sharing.