Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Pumpkins aren’t just for placing at your front door!  Don’t get stuck in a rut – get creative and use them throughout your home as part of your fall decor.  Take a look at these many ways that I use them around my home.

Let me preface this by saying I’m kind of teasing here – kind of.  Do you know what a pumpkin snob is?  I admit that I used to be one.  There was a time when I would never entertain the thought of allowing artificial pumpkins into my home – horrors!  My motto was go real or go home!  That idea of mine lasted about as long as it took me to realize that I was spending a small fortune on real pumpkins every year, only to throw them out when the season was done and start all over again the following year.  No bueno.

When I decorate for fall, pumpkins are a huge part of my decorations.  I mean, come on – what’s fall without pumpkins???  😀  I use them in every room, indoors and out and trying to purchase real pumpkins each and every year to use in those spaces got way out of hand.  So….by necessity, I’m a convert.  I’m no longer a pumpkin snob.  Once I realized that the artificial pumpkins of today aren’t necessarily the awful plastic things that they once were, I fully embraced the world of faux! Besides – where can you possibly find a real plaid pumpkin?  😀

Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, I’ll get off of my pretend soapbox and share some of the many, many creative pumpkin decorating ideas that I’ve come up with.  Grab your favorite beverage because I have lots to inspire you!

PUMPKINS EN MASSE

Most of the time, you’ll see solitary displays of pumpkins (I do that too), but you’ll get so much more bang for your buck when you display them in a group.  On your mantel, try turning a long basket at an angle and fill it full.  Add just a little bit of foliage for interest.

orange pumpkins displayed on fireplace mantel in wicker basket

wicker basket filled with orange pumpkins on fireplace mantelMany of you have asked me for ideas to fill your dough bowl for fall.  My favorite way is to fill it full to overflowing with all the fall things.  This dough bowl centerpiece in my fall dining room contains a grapevine wreath, an oversized wicker acorn, a spikey orb, multiple pumpkins in different colors and sizes with several cotton stems tucked in all the empty spots.

large dough bowl with fall decorations

The arrangement of pumpkins on the chest in my foyer this fall hints at what fall is traditionally all about – the bounty of the harvest.  Different colors, shapes and sizes of pumpkins have been turned this way and that to make the display more interesting than it would be if they were all lined up in a straight row.

gray chest with fall pumpkins and fall wreath

variety of pumpkin colors displayed together on a small chest

This centerpiece in the dining room of my former home remains one of my favorites to this day.  I created it before I learned my lesson about using real pumpkins every year.  The soft buttery yellow, white and pale green pumpkins look terrific piled in a tool box with a few sprigs of fresh greenery tucked in.

Pumpkins make great filler too, such as in this centerpiece on the table in my breakfast room.  This reinforces my point about saving money by being able to use artificial pumpkins over and over again.  You should recognize some of these from both the dough bowl and arrangement on my foyer chest in the photos above.

fall centerpiece in a galvanized metal tray

STAND ALONE PUMPKINS

Stand alone pumpkins can make a statement too, as long as they’re displayed in a clever way, such as these that I’ve displayed on my set of reproduction vintage scales.

fall decorations on a dining room sideboard

traditional fall colors dining room decorations

On my front porch, I’ve used ginormous faux pumpkins in place of fall mums in urns flanking my front door.  The urns were simply topped with grapevine wreaths before placing the pumpkins on top.  To add interest, I wound a pip berry vine around the wreaths.

Front porch decorated for fall with pumpkins in urns

outdoor urn decorated for fall with large faux pumpkin and grapevine wreath

To give a solitary pumpkin real prominence in a display, raise it up on a pedestal.  Tuck in faux greenery and other filler to soften and fill in around the edges.

thanksgiving table centerpiece

faux pumpkin with eucalyptus leaves displayed on a pedestal

A FEW MORE IDEAS

My latest pumpkin obsession is with velvet pumpkins – so, so yummy and lush!  Gray and white ones look great when mixed with a eucalyptus garland running down the center of my dining room table.  And speaking of velvet pumpkins, just wait until you see what I have coming your way next week!

eucalyptus garland centerpiece with gray and white velvet pumpkins

One of my favorite reasons for using faux pumpkins is that they can be purchased in all sorts of patterns.  If you know me at all, then you know that I crave all the plaid things during the fall!

fall centerpiece with plaid pumpkins and fall foliage

Pumpkins stacked on books and a terrarium filled with pumpkins make an unexpected coffee table display.

fall coffee table display with pumpkins in terrarium

On my fireplace hearth, a wooden crate holds a lantern and is topped with a single pumpkin and fall foliage.

wooden crate on fireplace hearth with pumpkin on top

For a super simple pumpkin display, try scattering single pumpkins in multiple places around a room!  Do you spy the mini pumpkins behind the sofa?

fall family room decor

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.  If you’re stumped about how to use this flexible fall fruit, don’t be. There are a bajillion and one ways to incorporate pumpkins inside and out of your home this autumn!

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16 Comments

  1. With each new and old blog I love your decorating ideas more and more! You have an open invitation anytime you want to make an I need help decorating house call!!

    1. I second that with my home as well. Your home is so warm, comforting and inviting. Your Fall home is like Christmas for me.

  2. Everything looks so welcoming and soft. I like the traditional Fall colors. No all white or all neutral for me in the Fall, the season of color! Love it all – thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Having painted and stained faux pumpkins I was running out of ideas until I saw the ones under Mr. Piggy. There is some burlap I have that is in that same design. Now for some glue, scissors and twine we are ready to go. Just love your ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  4. Kathy Menold says:

    I have used good looking faux pumpkins and gourds for years but have always felt I needed to use real for outside displays. In the past few years we now have so called designer pumpkins being sold for ridiculously high prices so I may try to resist and use some good looking faux pumpkins I can use for years. One year we grew our own pumpkins and I had a unlimited supply but this year did not plant any so it is off to the craft store for me. Happy fall.

  5. Great ideas! Looks so good!

  6. You have given me some great ideas for new ways to use my faux pumpkins this year. Thank you so much!

  7. Love all your creative ways in which you’ve displayed this wondrous gourd. Unfortunately, my search for velvet pumpkins has not been fruitful. Please let me know where I may purchase them. Hopefully, my centerpiece will include a colorful selection of these velvet treasures!

  8. Ellen Sorce says:

    Love your use of natural colors. Thank you.

  9. I would also love to know where you found the grey velvet pumpkin, Suzy! I’m getting ready to put a new charcoal linen slipcover on one of my sofas, and that color would be so perfect! Or if you made them … where I could find that really gorgeous velvet … ?!? Of course, as usual ~ all the displays are absolutely lovely!!, Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wanda Dever says:

    I love all of your ideas. I am going to make a few pumpkins out of different fabrics.

  11. Very nicely done! Thanks for all the ideas for decorating with pumpkins, Suzy!

  12. Could you tell me where is a good place to purchase some indoor faux pumpkins? I especially like the ones in the breakfast room centerpiece, the foyer and on the mantel. Fall colors are so beautiful.

  13. 5 stars
    Your fall displays are beautiful! I’m also a big pumpkin fan, and love unique looking ones, like wood, copper, sweater knit, etc. As for your mom’s ornaments, you could try selling them if you have time, maybe on eBay, Etsy, or FB Marketplace,, but something I’ve learned when it comes to inherited things that aren’t my style, is that it’s okay to just let them go. Even if they are technically “valuable” from a monetary standpoint, that’s true only someone is willing to pay that price for them. They really aren’t valuable to you if you aren’t using them and they are creating stress by taking up valuable space. The money spent for them is already gone, and they may bring someone else tremendous joy. I generally donate things like that to places that support a cause I believe in, like the Restore for Habitat for Humanity. Preaching to the choir here, as I had my mom’s china for years that she never used that my dad bought in Japan when he was in the army, and also crystal goblets with the labels still on them that were probably a wedding gift (my parents were farmers and we didn’t use fancy stuff). Beautiful things, but totally not my style at all. When I finally gave in and donated them to Restore, it was like a weight lifted, as all I was doing for years was storing them (and sometimes moving them) and they were taking up valuable space I needed for more practical things. Good luck, and thanks for sharing your lovely fall home!

    1. I’m sorry for taking so long to reply – I just found that there was a technical issue on the backend of my blog that was preventing me from seeing comments. I guess the biggest issue with getting rid of her ornaments is that my daughter would probably kill me if I got rid of them. LOL