The other day, I was shopping for something cute and chic to display on my porch for fall.
I was thinking “Vogue,” but all the stores within my budget were clearly thinking “Classroom Halloween Party.”
Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed.


But since I’m a DIY kind of girl, I figured I’d just spray paint some cheap foam pumpkins and embellish them myself. So, feeling self-sufficient and resourceful, I grabbed an armful of garishly bright foam pumpkins from the dollar store.

The next day, I set to work spray painting them. It was then that I learned something new:

Spray paint eats foam. FAST.

Back to the drawing board! After a quick trip to my local grocery store, I returned with real pumpkins that didn’t disintegrate when they came into contact with paint. And you know what? They cost only a few cents more than the crappy ones!

pumpkin-soloSo, if you’re like me and don’t want to spend a ton or embark on a pumpkin carving nightmare, this is a fabulous project to herald the new season.

Overall, this sweet array of pumpkins only cost me $9.50!



  • 4 small pumpkins (called “pie pumpkins”) – $5.00
  • 1 marbled pumpkin from Target – $3.00
  • 1 mini can of Krylon gold spray paint – $1.50
  • A little leftover interior paint from my front door project


  1. Lay down a flattened trash bag in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Paint and spray pumpkins, picking up by the stem to cover the bottoms.
  3. Allow to dry completely, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Arrange your funky pumpkin patch as a centerpiece or porch decor!

How do y’all decorate YOUR pumpkins? I want to know!