Making large white pumpkin decor from cheap foam pumpkins with spray paint couldn’t be easier. This white pumpkin decor fits right in with farmhouse style fall decorations can be used all the way through Thanksgiving because they are more neutral and not that classic “Halloween” orange.
When my blogging friends said they were doing a fun thrift store challenge, I knew I wanted to join in the fun. But honestly I was a little concerned about adding another project to my plate.
I am so busy these days adjusting to our new routine as a family of four and being back at work. So I kept it really simple and created really easy and cheap white pumpkin decor! And I know you will appreciate simple too, right?!
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You can’t get out of the house these days without seeing fall everywhere you look – maybe the weather hasn’t started changing yet or the leaves haven’t turned…but there are pumpkin spice lattes, so all is right in the world.
The fall decor is really in full force when you go inside stores – especially craft stores and the thrift stores.
One thing that I am always seeing at thrift stores this time of year is a bunch of the large carvable foam pumpkins. And the best part??? They are usually REALLY cheap. I got these 2 pumpkins for $2 and $3! Way cheaper than the new ones at the craft stores.
But here’s the thing. They are almost ALWAYS orange at the thrift store.
It’s so hard to find the cute white pumpkin decor that goes so well with the farmhouse style. And orange…I just can’t.
So I thought to myself – why can’t I just make these cheap thrift store foam pumpkins white?!
I remembered back to last fall when I painted a bunch of mini pumpkins from the dollar store with neutral and pastels for this rustic fall tablescape.
It was so easy to completely transform the look of the mini pumpkins with spray paint and make them work for my farmhouse style. Doing the same thing with the larger cheap thrift store foam pumpkins was just as easy and just as fun!!
UPDATE: See these white pumpkins styled on our living room shelves as well! It turned out SO cute!
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Supplies for white pumpkin decor:
- Foam carving pumpkins – they always have tons at thrift stores this time of year – they also have them at craft stores like Hobby Lobby
- Spray paint
- Brown craft paint (for stem)
Step 1. Apply 3-4 coats of spray paint
Start by painting 3-4 coats of spray paint on the pumpkins to cover up that orange. This color is perfect for that farmhouse style white pumpkin look! If you need some help with spray painting technique, be sure to check out these spray painting tips and tricks.
Ok, here’s the thing. I tried to cover up the stems when I spray painted the cheap thrift store foam pumpkins with tin foil – yes you heard that right… I just wrapped the stems up with tin foil.
To be honest, I had seen that done somewhere long ago.
Welllllll, it didn’t work. The tin foil didn’t really stay on there and the paint ended up getting on the bottom half of the stems, but not the top. It looked a little silly.
Step 2. Paint pumpkin stems with brown craft paint.
I sat around a looked at them on my front porch for about a week until it was bugging me enough to want to fix it. I decided to just paint the stems with some brown craft paint. It worked perfectly! One on the left is fixed and the right is not.
Step 3. Add Sharpie designs.
Then after I fixed the stems I still felt like they were missing a little something. I wanted to customize them a bit and add a little character. So I grabbed a Sharpie and got to work!
I totally could have planned things out a little bit with a pencil, but I was just flying by the seat of my pants so I just freehanded the text on both.
If you didn’t want to freehand it, you would always cut out vinyl if you have a Silhouette or Cricut – here’s a super cute cut file from A Girl and A Glue Gun that would be perfect on white foam pumpkins!
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could also grab a sticker. I love these ones from Etsy!
As I was writing the “Fall” I got to thinking that it would be super cute to make it look like a Rae Dunn mug – I know people go gaga for those!
So…of course I had to look it up and see if it had been done. Of course, I found some ADORABLE Rae Dunn inspired pumpkin decor on Etsy. Aren’t these so cute?
I added the white pumpkin decor back in on my front porch and now I’m really loving them!
Making this white pumpkin decor from cheap artificial foam pumpkins couldn’t be easier. All you do is spray paint the pumpkins, paint the stem and write your saying with a Sharpie! Voila.
This white pumpkin decor fits right in with farmhouse style fall decorations and can be used all they way through Thanksgiving because they are more neutral and not that classic “Halloween” orange.
What saying would you want on your white pumpkin decor?
Let me know in the comments below!!
Be sure to check out the other ladies’ thrift shop challenge ideas too!
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Thrift Store Play Kitchen Makeover by A Crafted Passion
How To Paint Candlesticks by Green with Decor
How to Upcycle A Shabby Chic Mirror by Home Beautifully
White Pumpkin Decor by Making Manzanita (that’s me!)
Thrift Store Lamp Makeover by Small Stuff Counts
DIY Modern Wind Chimes by Love Create Celebrate
Spray Painting Picture Frames by Amber Oliver
If you liked this project, be sure to check out our other Halloween & Fall posts:
How To Make White Pumpkin Decor
- Foam carving pumpkins
- Spray paint
- Brown craft paint
- Foam paint brush
- Spray paint all sides of pumpkins with 3-4 light coats of spray paint.
- Paint over stems with brown craft paint.
- Wait for the pumpkins to dry thoroughly.
- Use Sharpie to create your design.
7 thoughts on “White Pumpkin Decor from Cheap Thrift Store Foam Pumpkins”
I love how quick and simple this project is! There are always pumpkins in thrift stores too! Perfect for fall 🙂
I am so going to use this! I love the pumpkins! Great idea. #wonderfulwednesday
Thanks, you’ll have to let us know how it goes!
Love your painted pumpkins! So personalized.
Perfect!!! I will be making this, and have it by my front door. Not just the welcome design pumpkin, but all the others as well
Thanks for sharing
Awesome, so glad you found this inspiring Ivory!