Sometimes it’s hard to get excited for fall in Charleston when it’s still 100 degrees outside.  As if mother nature realized that fall started this week, the temperatures have dropped a few degrees, and jeans are starting to make sense to wear instead of shorts (no sleeves yet though).

On that note, I started thinking about getting the place looking like it’s fall and also getting ready to host our Supper Club for October (more to come there).  Naturally, I took to Pinterest for some creative and budget friendly ways to decorate for fall (check out my Seasonal pins).  First up, making some coastal pumpkins for around the house!

Coastal & Color Block Pumpkins

What you’ll need:

  • Fake pumpkins
  • Paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Twine
  • Shells
  • Hot glue gun

After work I headed to Michael’s to check out their fake pumpkin selection and bought a few different sizes (also on sale, woo!).  For this project I didn’t need hollow pumpkins since they weren’t going to be “carved,” but that’s what I ended up getting anyways.  I also got some different color paints, and even a light chalk paint.  After seeing a few ideas online, I decided to do some pumpkins in a color block pattern and others simply solid.

I spray painted one pumpkin when I was working on the trophies since I liked the blue color I had. After a few coats of spray paint and drying over night in the garage, it was put to the side until I finished painting the others.

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I decided to try the color block pattern on 2 of the pumpkins, so I got my roll of painter’s tape and started making triangular shapes on the pumpkins, making sure the tape got in the creases (so the paint wouldn’t spill through).  I ended up with 2 different sized triangles on both sides of each pumpkin.

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Then I painted each triangle a different color in the blue / teal / silver / white color overall color scheme I was going for.  This was slightly easier said then done because I got paint all over myself and managed to smear it on the pumpkins and had to touch them up a few times.. oops.

While I waited on the paint to dry, I painted a 4th pumpkin in light blue chalk paint.  Then I cooked dinner while everything dried, and started the 2nd coat on all three pumpkins after I ate.

The next day the goal was to finish the pumpkins.  I wanted to add ~2 more triangles each on the color block pumpkins, plus do something else to the solid ones.  I taped off a few more triangles to fill in the gaps and painted them.

Then I took the painter’s tape  off and surveyed the pumpkins.  There was still some paint that bled under the tape, but overall they look pretty good!

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To spruce up the solid pumpkins and give them more of a coastal feel, I wrapped the stems in twine — using hot glue to hold it in place, and added shells on some of the ends.

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Voila — pumpkins with a coastal vibe.  Who said fall had to be in orange?

PS – You can check out some of the pumpkins I’ve carved here.

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