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Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Make Inexpensive Faux Pumpkins Look Impressively Real

The easiest way to make faux pumpkins look impressively real! 

How many times have you walked right past brightly colored plastic pumpkins?  Not giving them a second thought because you could tell right away they weren't real.   Well, I'm here to tell you that you can easily and inexpensively make faux pumpkins look impressively real!  So pick up those Dollar Tree and inexpensive pumpkins and turn them into the perfect addition to your fall decor.

Chalk painted faux pumpkins

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- Faux Pumpkins (Walmart, Dollar Store, craft store)
- White Chalk Paint
- Brown and tan craft paint
- Vintage Wood  (or use watered down brown craft paint)
- Hacksaw
- Paint brush
- X-acto knife 

I bought a few inexpensive faux pumpkins from Walmart, paying attention to the shape and not how ridiculous they looked.  I would have bought some from the Dollar Store, but I was in Walmart at the time.  If you want to save even more money you may want to check your local Dollar Store first.
Inexpensive faux pumpkins

Supplies needed to make plastic pumpkins look real

I gave each pumpkin 2 coats of white chalk paint.  I chose white, but I think I'm going to make a few green ones as well.  

Painting faux pumpkins with chalk paint
After the paint was dry I used an X-acto knife to cut out a few of the stems so I could replace them with wood.  
Painted plastic pumpkins with chalk paint

Cutting wood to use for stems on faux pumpkins
The other stems I painted with different shades of brown craft paint to make them look a bit more real.

I then coated each pumpkin with vintage wood and dry brushed a small amount of brown craft paint into the groves.  I let the pumpkins dry then dry brushed another light coat of white chalk paint on the "raised" areas.  This creates dimension and gives the pumpkins a realistic look.
Amy Howard Vintage wood for staining faux pumpkins

Chalk painted faux pumpkins that look real

How to Make Inexpensive Faux Pumpkins Look Impressively Real

Real looking painted plastic pumpkins

How to make plastic faux pumpkins look real

How to make faux pumpkins look impressively real

The best part about these plastic faux pumpkins is that they look real AND they'll last forever.  There's no need to spend money on real pumpkins year after year.
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  1. Such a great idea! And your photos are beautiful!

  2. These are gorgeous! And the pumpkins look amazing!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! It's amazing what a little paint can do :)

  3. Undoubtedly these pumpkins will last forever. These faux pumpkins are ultimate new addition to the home. Pumpkins in white paint are enhancing the space and looking truly awesome.

  4. What kind of glue you used to attach the real wood?

    1. I actually didn't use glue since the wood is pushed tightly into the foam. Although, if you wanted to use glue hot glue or craft glue would work.

  5. Wow, these are great! They do look much better than the other too bright orange color. And I love how you make the stems. I'm wondering how you affixed them too...I'm assuming some kind of glue.

    1. Thank you! The stems are simply pushed into the foam. They are long enough and thick enough to stay put :)

  6. these are great. I usually only see small ones at the dollar store. did you buy the bigger one at walmart?

  7. I am sharing this but not before I clean out the local stores ;)

  8. Love these. Thanks for sharing. Can I ask where you got the bottle with the rope on it please? Looking for something like this.