Yesterday while cruising around Target…alone, I stumbled across these cute painted pumpkins that were just put on the shelves. I know they were just put on the shelved because I practically live at Target and this was the first time I saw them.

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They were cute and I thought they would make a great addition to my fall decor. My husband is anti-Halloween so I can’t have any fun with Halloween decorations but fall…well, I fall it up around the house! But what I didn’t think was cute about those pumpkins was the $12.99 price tag. For as many as I would need, it would cost me way over $50 and I just could not justify that.

So I did what any other person who wanted to save a few bucks would do. I made my own. I walked next door to AC Moore, grabbed 6 pumpkins and 2 gourds, some paint (I chose Antique White Acrylic Paint) and brushes, and settled in for an afternoon of painting.

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Now I will admit, after have to paint 5 coats to cover the pumpkins, I did have a moment where I thought it would have been easier to just buy the darn things.

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But I am glad I pushed through and finished them. Because they look like the real deal!


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And it didn’t cost me $50.

DIY Faux Painted Pumpkins

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Price Breakdown

6 pumpkins – $5.94
2 gourds – $1.98
8 oz of Antique White Paint – $3.99
Gold Paint – $1.99
Brushes – $.99

Total Cost for My Pumpkins – $14.89!

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You could paint these in various ways. You could paint gold polka dots or stripes. Or even paint them black and gold. The possibilities are endless!

Looking for more easy Fall crafts? Check out my easy Burlap Wreath Tutorial and my Faux Pumpkin Flower Planter.

HOW TO MAKE A (2) faux pumpkin flower planter

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