Speckled Pumpkins

Need a quick and frugal decorating idea for Thanksgiving? How about making these cute and easy speckled pumpkins?

I stole was inspired by this idea on the cover of the November 17, 2010 issue of Woman’s Day.

Their complete instructions are on page 83, but they involve real pumpkins, painter’s tape, white spray paint plus three other colors of paint from $8-10 a quart, etc., etc.

Quite the investment and way. too. involved. for a(n) impatient simple gal like me.

If you like the look, but are short on time and money, try my cheater’s way instead.

You’ll need:

  • fake foam pumpkins nabbed for 60% off at Hobby Lobby
  • white spray paint
  • $1 bottle of craft paint in “umber”
  • an old tooth brush
  • disposable gloves

These are the fake pumpkins I used:

Pull the stems off and spray paint the body of the pumpkins white. Two or three light coats of quick-drying spray paint will do the trick.

Wearing gloves, put some of the umber (brown or gold will also work) craft paint on the toothbrush, like you do for toothpaste.

Start running your finger along the toothbrush bristles and splatter to your heart’s content.

Let dry and push the stems back in. (I had to put a dab of hot glue on one of the stems to hold it in place).

That’s it. You’re done.

Here’s a close up:

These would be cute sitting on candle holders like in the first picture. You could also use them on your mantle or to dress up a buffet table. If you really wanted to go all out, you could even write the name of each guest on them and use as unique place cards for your Thanksgiving meal.

However, you choose to make them, they are cute, frugal and easy enough to make a whole patch of them to use over and over again.

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Published in: on November 15, 2010 at 11:23 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. Kim-
    These are awesome! Glad that you were inspired so that you could share with us.


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