Sometimes we get so excited about finding the perfect, big, round pumpkin to carve (or not carve!) for Halloween that we forget to pay attention to that other ubiquitous gourd at the supermarket: the mini pumpkin. But really, we should. They’re so wee and cute, not to mention cheap, so throw a few in your shopping bag and take a stab at these easy-peasy DIY ideas to liven up your home all season long.
1. Donut Mini Pumpkins: After all, these types of mini pumpkins *are* known as munchkins. Plus, as long as you have some acrylic paints on hand, you can add as many extra sprinkles as you want. (via Studio DIY)
2. Confetti-Dipped Mini Pumpkins: A quick coat of paint and some gold-foil confetti turn these pumpkins into instant Halloween party decorations. (via Studio DIY)
3. Burger Mini Pumpkins: We’ll take two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed Baby Boo pumpkin bun. (via Studio DIY)
4. Mini Pumpkins With Glitter Stems: Go glitter or go home. For a smooth painting surface with a good stem, you’re gonna want to opt for the slightly rounder variety, sometimes known as a Wee-B-Little. (via Aunt Peaches)
5. Color-Dipped Mini Pumpkins: Add a splash of color here and a dollop of sparkles there with our easy-to-follow “color dipping” instructions. (via Brit + Co)
6. Paint and Glitter Mini Pumpkins: Halloween leans macabre, but all orange and black decor can be a bit of a downer. We say buck the trend and paint your pumpkins bright pink. (via Posh Little Designs)
7. Geo Mini Pumpkins: These elegant geometric pumpkins may look fancy, but they’re deceptively simple. Baby Boo pumpkins are already white, so all you need is a paint pen and a few minutes, and your centerpiece is complete. (via Lovely Indeed)
8. Mini Pumpkins as Place Cards: These gold-dipped place settings instantly class up your Thanksgiving tablescape, and best of all, they won’t take much time at all, so you can focus on the turkey. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)
9. Party Animal Mini Pumpkins: Going the animal route with your costume this Halloween? Make sure your party decor matches. (via Studio DIY)
10. Confetti Mini Pumpkins: This DIYer used a dollar-store foam pumpkin, but why not Mod Podge some sparkles onto the real deal? (via Madigan Made)
11. Hanging Mini Jack-o’-Lanterns: Just because they’re tiny doesn’t mean they can’t be carved like the giant ones. In fact, you can turn those jack-o’-lanterns into actual lanterns with some heavy-gauge wire hangers. (via Better Homes and Gardens)
12. Mini Pumpkin Serving Bowls: There are SO many tasty autumnal treats you could serve in your hollowed-out mini: apple curry pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie truffles, pumpkin spice puppy chow… or how about some PSL M&Ms? (via A Subtle Revelry)
13. Succulent Mini Pumpkins: This is how you take something as “Halloweeny” as a pumpkin and make it work all the way through Christmas. (via Living Locurto)
14. Ribbon-Wrapped Mini Pumpkins: No time to break out the carving knives or even the paintbrushes? No biggie; just use some double-stick tape and ribbon to add some flair to your pumpkins. If you’re really in a rush, washi tape is the way to go. (via Good Housekeeping)
15. Gilded Mini Pumpkins: We know a pro DIYer such as yourself has a can of gold spray paint in the garage. Break it out to take these mini pumpkins from bland to glam. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)
16. Fanged Mini Pumpkins: These “Drac-o’-lanterns” (LOL, Martha) are exactly what your monster mash needs — especially when you realize you do not want to wear those plastic vampire fangs all night. (via Martha Stewart)
17. Neon Ombre Mini Pumpkins: Muted fall colors be damned — we’re going NEON this year. (via Kollabora)
What do you do with those tiny little pumpkins this time of year? Tell us your decorating tips in the comments!
In my area, October means the weather is changing and pumpkins are everywhere!
In my classroom we have a Harvest party in October, and another thing I like to do is have a bit of fun with real pumpkins!
We learn about emotions and expressions at the same time with this mini pumpkin decorating for kids activity!
I love mini pumpkins, and the kids do too! There is just something about them (probably that they are mini, bright, and cute) that is so fun!
I always pick up some to bring to my classroom each October. They fit perfectly in a child’s hands!
After reading our favorite pumpkin books, we talk about how people put faces on or carve pumpkins to decorate them. While we don’t celebrate Halloween at our school, I tie in a bit of learning about expressions and emotions so that we can still decorate some pumpkins just for fun!
First, we use the printable page to draw expressions on our pumpkins. The pumpkins are happy, silly, scared, angry, or confused. You can also brainstorm other emotion words!
We talk about how we can draw shapes to show those emotions, and then get to work designing them on paper!
Then, we pick which expression we want to draw on our mini pumpkin to take home!
I give them sharpies (black or colored too) to design their pumpkin.
You could do this in small groups to monitor the Sharpie use, however when I show them how to use them and explain we are VERY careful with permanent markers, it tends to go very well!
The result is so fun! Happy pumpkins, silly pumpkins, mad pumpkins, you name it! They will have lots of personality! I like to keep them in the room on display for a day or two, and then I send them home!
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September 5, 2013
Even though I haven’t started decorating for Fall, I am admiring all of the great fall decorating ideas that I’m seeing. I have a “thing” for those cute, little pumpkins so I’ve gathered some decorating with mini pumpkin ideas that I thought you might enjoy, too. I am still in denial that summer is soon over, so I need some inspiration to get me in the mood for fall.
How cute are these Baby Pumpkin Place Card Holders from 52Mantles!
These mini pumpkins from Cupcakes and Cashmere are all glammed up with glossy, gold paint.
Kristi from Addicted2Decorating has a great tutorial on how to make these adorable pumpkin vases.
A Pumpkin and a Princess simply added rhinestone scrapbooking brads to little white pumpkins. How lovely!
Do you decorate with mini pumpkins? I’d love to know your ideas!
Here’s a funny little story about me and pumpkins. Every year, Dan and I spend this week (the week of Labor Day) in North Wildwood, NJ. It has become our tradition. We love coming here this week because most kids are back in school and it’s just us empty-nesters which makes for a very quiet and relaxing vacation. Well, on the ride home we pass a very large produce stand that sells whatever is in season. A few years ago, I asked Dan to stop so I could pick out some pumpkins. Now keep in mind that we live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: farmland, right? But these pumpkins looked so perfect. I spotted one that still had the curly tendrils on the stem – I loved it and had to have it. So as we’re paying for my beautiful, one-of-a-kind, over-priced pumpkin, Dan asks the cashier is they are locally grown. “No, we have them trucked in from Lancaster, Pa.” We no longer stop at that produce stand to buy pumpkins. ; )
Mini pumpkins are so cute and lovely they can serve as decorations just as they are, without needing any extra help. Still, if you want, there are tons of eye-catching ways in which you can embellish the mini pumpkins and make them stand out even more. And since Halloween is just around the corner, we thought 13 would be a good number for this list.
The first project is a simple one for which you need spray adhesive, gold leafing, painter’s tape and a sponge brush. Wrap tape around the bottom half of each mini pumpkin. Then apply a light coat of spray adhesive to the upper half. Press the gold leaf foil down and gently pat with the sponge brush. Slowly peel back the paper.
A somewhat similar project is described on Asweetafternoon. This time, however, the main ingredient is bronze acrylic paint. Any other metallic color would have a similar effect. The steps you need to follow are simpler. First you paint all the mini pumpkins and you cover everything, including the stems. Let the paint dry and then start drawing patterns with a sharpie.
You can use a bunch of mini pumpkins as table centerpieces, in which case you can adapt the idea featured on Thesweetestoccasion. Trim the stems of the pumpkins and wipe them clean with a damp cloth. Poke a small hole near the top of each pumpkin and make it slightly angled towards the center. Insert a few small fall blossoms into the hole.
You could also include succulents into the project. The one featured on Livinglocurto uses plastic pumpkins and succulents but, if you want, real ones work too. Remove the stem and make a hole if required. Insert the succulent and that’s pretty much it.
Another cute and also delicious idea is offered on Studiodiy. Here, you can find out how to make donut pumpkins which pretty much means that you’ll be making a bunch of mini pumpkins look like donuts. All you need is the pumpkins, acrylic paint in delicious colors and paint brushes. Start with the bottom half and paint it orange, yellow or whatever color you think is similar to that of a donut. Then paint the upper half a different color. At the end, add the colorful sprinkles using a thin brush.
If you want your mini pumpkins to be colorful and to also have a dose or glamour, try the project described on Auntpeaches. You’ll need pumpkins, craft paint in several different colors, glue, glitter and brushes. First paint each pumpkin a different color. Then apply glue to the stem and sprinkle glitter on it. Let it dry and wipe away the excess.
Turning simple, boring pumpkins into funky ones is really simple if you have a little bit of creativity and the time to do it. Perhaps the simplest method involves spray paint. Take a bunch of mini pumpkins and spray paint them. You can give them an ombre effect for a more interesting look.
In case you have a bunch of nail polish bottles you no longer use or like, you can use them to decorate mini pumpkins. It may seem odd but wait till you find out the whole concept. Take a bowl and fill it with lukewarm water. Pour a few colors of nail polish in. hold a pumpkin by one end and then dip the other half in. take it out and let it dry.
The shape of these mini pumpkins is perfect for the project. You can learn how to make confetti-dipped pumpkins on Studiodiy. Start by spray painting the pumpkins. Let them dry completely and then put glue onto one portion of the pumpkin. Sprinkle confetti on top. Shake off the excess and let it dry. After that, add a layer of decoupage glue to seal the area.
For a scary, Halloween touch, try the bloody pumpkins featured on Almostmakesperfect. The first step is to paint them white. Let it dry and then start to pour red paint from the top down each crease.
Mini pumpkins can also be used for tiny jack-o-lanterns. The traditional kind is definitely cute and fun to make but how about something different. An interesting idea is offered on Withlovely. You need mini pumpkins, a gold sharpie, a metal skewer, a pumpkin carving tool, gold spray paint, an electric drill and tea lights.
Instead of mini pumpkins you could also use gourds. They can be even more interesting. Find out how to turn gourds into candle holders on Rightwhereileftoff. Remove the top and scoop out with a spoon to make space for the candle. Insert the candles in and enjoy.
An awesome idea we found on Onsottonplace was to make a mini pumpkin wreath. Start with a simple, large wreath. Decorate it with mini pumpkins which can either be real or fake. You can stack two grapevine wreaths for more depth. The pumpkins will make the wreath pretty heavy so make sure you secure it well to the door.
Arrange a cluster these little guys in the center of your dining table as a festive centerpiece or use them as individual place cards to add a little sparkle to your next fall party. With little more than some glue and a few extra handfuls of glitter, your little crafter can glitz and glam up a haul of mini pumpkins.
It’s a messy project, but worth it!
What You Need:
- Assorted glitter (regular kids’ craft glitter is fine)
- Craft glue (like Mod Podge)
- Medium width paintbrush
- Several sheets of newspaper or brown paper grocery bags
- 3 or more mini pumpkins and/or gourds (varying the shapes and sizes creates more visual interest)
What You Do:
- Spread newspaper or brown paper bags over your work surface.
- Work with one color of glitter at a time so that the various colors don’t get mixed up, unless you want to create multi-colored pumpkins (those are pretty too!). Pick colors that your child doesn’t necessarily recognize, and talk about them together. Casually introduce a couple of new vocabulary words if possible, such as “iridescent,” “sparkly,” “translucent,” or “crystal.”
- Pour about ¼ cup of glitter onto the newspaper in a pile for each pumpkin you want to coat.
- Ask your child to dip the paintbrush into the craft glue and paint an even layer of glue all around one of the pumpkins, leaving the underside unpainted.
- Then, have her roll the sides of the pumpkin in the glitter. Once your child has coated the pumpkin as much as possible this way, fill in any gaps by sprinkling and gently patting the glitter down onto the exposed areas of glue. When the pumpkin is completely covered with glitter, set it aside and allow it to dry completely.
- Return any unused glitter to its original container and discard the newspaper (or wipe it down completely so that no leftover glitter remains).
- Set up your workspace again, pouring a new color of glitter into a pile on a new sheet of newspaper. Repeat steps 1-6 until all of your pumpkins are coated in glitter.
- After all of the pumpkins have dried, arrange them on a platter with fall colored leaves (faux or real ones), berries, and other festive foliage you might have in your backyard or garden. Adding a few pillar candles of different heights can also add a beautiful aesthetic element and warmth to your table.
If you don’t want to coat the pumpkins in glitter, you can draw glitter designs on them instead. Paint your desired design—a pattern of shapes, say, or a jack-o-lantern face—on your pumpkin using the glue, then pour glitter over it. For very young kids, you can also use cereal in place of the glitter.
Well, this is one way to show off your holiday spirit.
It’s fair to say that any holiday-season enthusiast looks forward to decorating the exterior of their home to spread seasonal cheer. And with Halloween still a few weeks away, you’d think houses would only be getting decked out in orange and black. But it seems there’s another color palette popping up in neighborhoods: red and green. That’s right, some Christmas lovers have found a way to kick off their favorite season early this year, and people are dressing up their pumpkins to resemble Christmas decorations.
While we’re still counting down the days until Halloween, we have to admit—it’s never too early to start spreading Christmas cheer, right? If you’ve been stuck on how to make your gourds stand out from your neighbors, this may be your answer. Or, use these ideas to put leftover pumpkins to good use when the holidays finally do roll around. From adorable snowmen to pretty ornaments, take a look at some of our favorite pumpkins below.
A trio of mini pumpkins becomes a snowman who can welcome guests to your home, minus the freezing winter temps.
What better way to entice Santa Claus to come early than lining your steps with his go-to saying?
It may not be time for you to wear your trusty Santa hat while singing your favorite holiday tunes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your pumpkins into cute Christmas carolers.
Get the tutorial at Hometalk.
Already itching to break the ornaments out of storage? Decorate your porch with pumpkins dressed in their Christmas best long before you even have to think about buying this year’s tree.
If your kids love everything Disney, paint your pumpkins to resemble their favorite Frozen character. Plus, Frozen fans know that Olaf will be able to bring some snow to your home early in the season!