By Renae Frey

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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See full instructions here.

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.

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

Hugs and blessings to you,


19 thoughts on “DIY- How to Repurpose Faux Pumpkins”

  1. Shirley

    These are just the best pumpkins ever! In the morning I am going to go upstairs and grab all my faux pumpkins and see what I can do with them. It does not look hard at all and I just love the look!

  2. Such a great upgrade. I especially love the bright colored one.

  3. Such cute pumpkins, Renae, and what a great idea to repurpose. Removing some out of the goodwill box now to repurpose! Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. Everything you do is amazing! I love your striped pink pumpkin…it is so out of the ordinary. Your how to video is perfect too. Great work!


  5. These are super cute. Clever to take pictures for your plan. Ribbon for stems is so different

  6. What vibrant pumpkins, Renae! I love the contrast of pink and orange. They make such a big impact, and the ribbons on top are the perfect finishing touch! Pinned 🙂

  7. What a fun way to redo a tired faux pumpkin! I have a few that didn’t fair well last fall, looks like I’ll have to try this out soon 🤗. Pinning for later 🙂

  8. This is a really cute … and fun … idea! I’m Pinning this and have a couple pumpkins in my decor bins that I can try it on. Love! xo

  9. Renae, your painted pumpkins are so much fun! I love how you repurposed something you had into something new and beautiful! It is always fun to hop with you, my friend!

  10. The pink plaid is adorable! A total upgrade! Glad to be in the hop with you!

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

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

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

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

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Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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