Fall Craft Ideas: Mini Painted Pumpkins

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Oh Fall, how we’ve missed you. With your cool, crisp temperatures, and your beautiful falling foliage — you are the stuff of entirely too-long-summer dreams. Don’t even get me started on the scarves, the boots, and the chunky sweaters. (You won’t be able to shut me up!) And yes, I am a big fan of pumpkin everything. I know, I’m #sobasic. Sue me. I have been waiting oh so patiently to make these adorable pumpkin decorations for my dining room. They are super simple; I know you guys are going to want to make them also!

Here’s what you’ll need.

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  • A couple cute, little pumpkins (from your local grocery store or farm)
  • A paint brush
  • Paint in the color of your choice
  • A gold leaf marker (from your local craft store)
  • Stencils (optional)

Here’s how you do it.

Scrub your cute, little pumpkins until they are so fresh and so clean. (Try to read that sentence again without mini-painted-pumpkins-ii-photo-by-jessica-tomessinging; I dare you!) Then, using a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of paint to each of the pumpkins — covering them entirely. Allow to dry. You may need to add an extra layer (or two) of paint. You don’t want any orange peeking through! Once completely dry, use the gold leaf marker to color the top half of the pumpkins (creating an almost dip-dye effect). You could also write on the pumpkins with the marker, or add any design of your choice. Totally up to you!

This is a great craft to get the littles involved! It’s not terribly messy — although play clothes are always a good idea for craft time. Get ‘em their own pumpkin(s), some paint, and let them have at it!

How cute are these pumpkins? I must say, I am slightly obsessed. (Gold is kind of my thing.) I plan to add hanging tags to each of the pumpkins, and use them as place cards for my next dinner party. So fun, right? We’d love to see your favorite Fall crafts on display! Feel free to tag us when you share to social media using the hashtag, #sfmfallcrafting. And then reward yourself with a pumpkin spice latte.

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About the author…After three blissful years in the Treasure State, Jessica recently moved back to Houston, Texas with her hunky husband and her three precious little girls, Savannah Leigh, Emma Kate, and Brooklyn Olivia. Jessica is a small business owner with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a nerd-like love for political science. She is passionate about writing, marketing, social media management, and this wonderfully beautiful mess we call parenthood.