If there was ever a fruit celebrity, it would be the pumpkin. It’s the star of many fall celebrations, seen in decorations and recipes. If you haven’t made your own pumpkin décor before, these creative ideas will convince you.
Why is Fall Associated with Pumpkins?
First things first, here’s why pumpkins come to mind when you’re talking fall: they’re in season. Farmers plant seeds between May and July since they grow best in warm soil. The fruits ripen in late September and early October with a narrow window for harvest. That’s why pumpkins are fall icons.
Fall in Love with Trees in Pumpkin and Autumn Hues
Welcome fall with home décor in the colors of the season like orange, red, yellow, and gold. Use your artificial Christmas tree as the main centerpiece. Decorate it with themed ornaments like faux pumpkins, acorns, and other seasonal elements. Better yet, choose from Treetopia’s selection of colorful trees in gourdgeous autumn hues.
How to Make a Pumpkin Decoration
Emily Steffen of Oh Yay Studio dreamed up three fun pumpkin décor projects. Read on for her step-by-step tutorials, plus other fall decorations with pumpkins to spark your creativity.
Thinking Outside the Fox: Stacked Pumpkins for Your Porch
Pumpkin stacks are popular porch and entryway decorations. But if you really want to impress, go all out with Emily’s foxy creation. It pairs well with the 4-foot Treetopia Essentials – Black Tree in the background. Here’s what you need to get crafting.
- Artificial pumpkins (1 large and 1 medium)
- Felt sheets in off-white, dark gray, and orange
- Polyfill (or alternative stuffing like cotton)
- Hot glue and glue gun
- 2 toothpicks
- Pencil and scissors
- Wire and pliers
1. Sketch the features of a fox on white felt.
Draw two wing-like shapes for the eye area, two triangles for the ears, and one round shape with jagged bottom edges for the chest fur. To make sure they’re the right size, draw these with the felt placed on top of the pumpkins.
2. Draw the rest of the fox features on the orange and gray felt.
Make two tail shapes and two more fox ears (they should be bigger than the white ears) on the orange felt. Sketch the nose and two eyeball son the dark gray felt. Once you’re satisfied with how they look, cut them out with a pair of craft scissors.
3. Create the tail by gluing the sides of the two orange sheets together, as if making a sock.
Leave a small opening at the tip for the stuffing and turn it inside out so the pencil lines are hidden. Insert the polyfill stuffing through the opening, then close it off with hot glue.
4. Make the furry tip of the tail.
Take a sheet of white felt. Then, sketch a triangle with jagged edges on one side and glue it on the stuffed tail.
5. Create the face by gluing your eye and nose cut-outs on the medium-sized pumpkin.
6. Glue the ear cut-outs together, laying the white shapes on top of the orange.
Attach the toothpicks to the back of the ears then stick them into the medium-sized pumpkin.
7. For the body of the fox, glue the chest fur cut-out onto the larger pumpkin.
8. To make your fox look extra clever, give it a pair of glasses by shaping jewelry wire with pliers.
Feel free to create other accessories for your fox like a headband or hat.
9. Remove the stem from the large pumpkin, then place the medium one on top.
Lastly, glue the stuffed tail onto the back of the pumpkin.
Check out the finished product. Don’t you this this animal-inspired fall decoration is adorable?
Best of Both Worlds: Gold and Blue Pumpkin Décor for your Christmas Tree
Emily went for an artsy effect by dyeing pumpkin ornaments different shades of blue, then splashing them with metallic paint for an elegant touch. She hung decorative white pumpkins to complement the blue ones on an Alexander Fir® Christmas Tree for a modern makeover.
- Artificial pumpkins in various sizes (20 to 30 pieces, depending on the size of your tree)
- Pre-colored white artificial pumpkins in a similar size as the others
- Acrylic paint in two shades of the same color (Emily chose navy blue and deep teal)
- Gold acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Scrap paper
1. Sort your pumpkins into groups and decide which is painted what.
Set aside white pumpkins to splatter with gold paint.
2. Paint each pumpkin with at least two layers of paint.
Give it time to dry between coats. For pumpkins with a glossy finish, lightly rough up the surface with sandpaper before painting. This is to ensure the paint doesn’t come off when it brushes against the tree branches.
3. Mix two-thirds gold acrylic paint with one-third water.
Aim for a consistency where it’s runny enough to drip. But if it looks too thin, add more paint.
4. Set your scrap paper on a flat surface and place your pumpkins on top.
Using a brush, carefully splatter them with as much gold paint as you want. Let the gold paint dry before splattering the other sides of the pumpkins. Cut six inches of string to tie around the stems, so you can hang them on your tree.
If only there was a magical pumpkin patch where we could harvest fancy fruits like these…
A Feast for the Gourds: Pumpkin Centerpiece
If you love rainbows the way we do, here’s an excuse to show it through your fall pumpkin décor. Check out Emily’s multicolored pumpkin centerpiece for the dining table. This assortment of faux pumpkins has a gradient effect, starting off with pale yellow that gradually turns yellow-orange, then mint, ending in shades of blue.
- Artificial pumpkins in various sizes (enough to fill the length of your table or if you prefer, just the center)
- Acrylic paint in different colors (varying shades of each for a gradient effect)
- Paint brushes
- Art paper (colors that match your paint)
1. Sort your pumpkins according to what color you’ll be painting them.
Emily used a total of six hues: two shades of yellow, pale green, and three different shades of blue.
2. Apply at least two coats of paint on each pumpkin, giving them time to dry between coats.
3. Using art paper in similar shades as your pumpkins, cut out leaf shapes.
4. Place the pumpkins on the table, arranging them according to color.
To create depth, stack pumpkins and position some on their sides instead of upright.
5. Add the paper leaves as accents, arranging them according to the hues of the pumpkins.
Other uses for these fun-sized pumpkins are placeholders for dining guests, wreath or garland decorations, and tree ornaments.
Photos and step-by-step instructions of DIY stacked pumpkin fox, gold and blue pumpkins, and pumpkin centerpiece courtesy of Emily Steffen of Oh Yay Studio.
Pumped for More Fall Pumpkin Décor
Can’t get enough of decorative pumpkins? Here are more ideas to try at home.
Teal There was Hue: Blue Pumpkin Decorations
Crafter and self-confessed thrift-a-holic Jennifer Perkins repurposed a vintage jacket to dress up her black wreath. Not only is this pumpkin wreath chic, it also represents a meaningful cause: the Teal Pumpkin Project. This movement focuses on making non-food Halloween treats available to kids with food allergies. Jen also decked her Halloween tree in teal pumpkins and ornaments for the same cause.
Delight with White Pumpkin Décor
If you’ve already experimented with colorful pumpkins, why not try white ones next? The versatile shade goes with almost every color combination. Against a green foliage, they add a pop of color.
Seasonal Events for Pumpkins
There’s no shortage of pumpkin love in the U.S. Here are two events inspired by the iconic fruit to tickle your crafty bone even more.
The Giant Pumpkin Regatta
National Geographic named this “one of the best fall festivals” in the country in 2019. It’s an annual pumpkin boat race held in several states, including Maine and Oregon. The race takes place on a lake or river. Locals grow enormous gourds, hollow them out to make boats, and paddle to the finish line. If attending one is not an option, bring home the spirit of the festival! Make miniature pumpkin boats and paddles as your tree ornaments. Or hold a pumpkin boat carving contest with your family.
The Yearly Comeback of Pumpkin Spice Latte
The hype around this signature fall drink never gets old. Starbucks usually starts offering theirs every third Tuesday of August. The coffeehouse chain says they sold over 200 million units in the first decade of its launch.
If you’re one of those who love the “PSL,” then why not try this fall pumpkin décor idea: make latte ornaments out of cardboard or wood, then hang them on your tree. Pumpkin pie-inspired decorations are a nice touch, too. Another idea is to try making your own version of this bestselling drink. Who knows? Yours might be the best one yet.
We hope this post inspired you to spice up your space and celebrations this fall with colorful pumpkin décor. Which one is your favorite? Sound off in the comments section below.
Happy fall, y’all!