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Faux Heirloom Pumpkin Tutorial

If you can’t find heirloom pumpkins in your neck of the woods, you could always paint some foam ones.

Let me show you in this tutorial how I made faux heirloom pumpkins.

It all started when I was needing pumpkins at the end of August for the fall home tours.  My family was driving back from camping.  I was calling every pumpkin farm in a 20 mile radius trying to find something on the way home.

“No pumpkins yet, Ma’am. Not till the end of October, Ma’am.”


That’s Ok, I will just order some off of Amazon.


They are approximately $30 each? I need at least seven!

And then my thrift store habits kicked in.  I hit Goodwill and filled my trunk with faux pumpkins.

And the price-

$25.00 for seven pumpkins!

Painting Faux Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

Now let’s look at how to turn these into something more like this. . .

Thriftstore Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

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I think it’s easiest to look at the four “heirloom varieties” separately.


Decorating with Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

Look #1

Dark Green with Light Green Details

  • First off, check your local produce section! I found the smaller, dark green ones at our produce stand and didn’t need to paint any.
    • These ones are actually a squash, Kabocha.
  • You can peruse my Farmhouse Fall Pinterest board for more ideas.




Look #2

Plain White

Artificial Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com
  • Start by masking ask off the stems.
Foam Pumpkin Tutorial by sheholdsdearly.com

Look #3

Sage Green

How to Make Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com




Look #4

Muted Orange

Inexpensive Faux Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com
  • Again, start by following the directions for Look #2.
  • Cover in two coats with orange paint mixture, using a foam brush.
  • While still wet, go back and swipe in the tiniest touch of Purple Iris paint to the crevices.
  • Once everything is dry, finish by applying a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Finishing Wax, following the directions on the jar.
Autumn Decor Inspiration by sheholdsdearly.com

To display your new faux heirloom pumpkins, consider piling them up a little and turning some of them on an angle.

Faux Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

So, now I have some heirloom pumpkins,

DIY Heirloom Pumpkin Tutorial by sheholdsdearly.com

for a fraction of the cost,

Make Your Own Cinderella Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

that will be around for many years to come!

Win, win, win!

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For those of you ambitious ones, who want to grow your own heirloom pumpkins, I have a special treat for you today.  My dear friend, Kelly Wilkniss, has a beautiful new book out this year!

Her book, My Soulful Home: A Year in Flowers, offers twelve tutorials, one for every month of the year.

She shows everything you need to know to have gorgeous flowers year round to add to your own decorating.

In addition to writing this book, Kelly authors the blog My Soulful Home, is co-creator of the app bHome and is producer/co-host of the popular podcast Decorating Tips & Tricks. She is currently renovating an 1886 Victorian farmhouse. She shares this historic work in progress with her husband, two girls & dog Emmett.

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