Faux Heirloom Pumpkin Tutorial

Heirloom Pumpkin Tutorial by sheholdsdearly.com

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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

*This post contains some affiliate links to products I know &/or love.*

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.

Artificial Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

look #2

Plain White

  • Start by masking ask off the stems.

Foam Pumpkin Tutorial by sheholdsdearly.com

How to Make Heirloom Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

look #3

Sage Green


Inexpensive Faux Pumpkins by sheholdsdearly.com

look #4

Muted Orange

  • 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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  1. October 12, 2017 / 7:29 PM

    Sarah – thx so much for sharing my book with your readers. It was such a delight to write it. I hope anyone who gives it a whirl enjoys every page.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 13, 2017 / 1:27 PM

      I have no doubt my readers will love it, you are such a wealth of knowledge, my friend! xoxo

  2. Vanessa
    October 13, 2017 / 8:16 AM

    Sarah – Hope you are having a blessed day today. I wanted to tell you that earlier this year when you posted about your miscarriage; I shared your posting with a few woman in our church who were going through a difficult time. Your posting brought some much needed healing. I wanted you to know that your willingness to share a very personal situation made a difference to someone. Hugs!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 13, 2017 / 1:27 PM

      Oh, that warms my heart, thank you for letting me know, Vanessa. Praise God!

  3. Tanya Hulbert
    October 20, 2017 / 9:58 PM

    Sarah, you made these orange, ordinary looking pumpkins look remarkable! What talent you have! I love the beautiful way you displayed them so elegantly, as well. Nice details. Thanks for sharing. I may need to try and buy my pumpkins I gave away back from Goodwill.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 21, 2017 / 5:31 PM

      Thanks, love. I would love for companies to get on board with this trend and start making faux ones for us.;)

  4. August 16, 2018 / 11:00 AM

    Funny thing this should be your post today. I just spent the morning painting some faux pumpkins I’ve had for years. I used Dixie Belle chalk paint and their Easy Peasy Wax. My daughter and I are distributors in Birmingham, AL

    You can five most anything in your home new life with Dixie Belle paint.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 23, 2018 / 11:45 AM

      Oh,those sound just perfect!! Great job! I will have to check out the Dixie Belle paint.

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