Easy $2 Striped Pumpkins

I don’t traditionally go all out with fall decor.  I usually set a few fall-ish things out, but the earth tones associated with fall are not my bag, Baby.  I also always start to feel that my house looks cluttered with all that going on.

So this year, instead of doing the usual by setting out the things that are in my “fall” Rubbermaid bin from the attic, I’m doing something a little more fun.  I started by making the Urban Scarecrow Wreath.  And then last week, I sat down to paint a few pumpkins.

This is the point where you think to yourself, “Oh, no!  Another blogger posting another post about painted pumpkins!”  But, I promise mine are different for two reasons:  1)  They aren’t perfect and 2) They aren’t orange/black/silver.  Instead, they look like mini circus tents.

So, I’m here to lay it all out for you.  Fall decor doesn’t have to be time consuming.  It doesn’t have to take over your entire house.  And it certainly doesn’t have to be orange.

I picked up three mini white pumpkins at my grocery store for less than a buck a piece.  Last week, I sat down in front of the TV with three bottles of acrylic craft paint (yep, the $1 kind from the craft store) and a 1/4 inch paint brush (also from the craft store).  I didn’t mask off stripes with painter’s tape.  I didn’t use stencils and spray paint.  I just painted every other rib on the pumpkin with the craft paint.  They are definitely not perfect, but it’s not like they are going to hang around my house for longer than a month and a half anyway.

The pumpkins I used had thick ribs and deep crevices, which meant it was easy to get straight-ish lines. They also had an even number of ribs, so the alternating color pattern worked out perfectly.  It also led me to wonder if all pumpkins had an even number of ribs, but Mr. Google didn’t answer that question.  Does anyone know the answer ?

I painted one turquoise, one red and one yellow – one of my favorite color palettes – which means that they coordinate nicely with the rest of my decor.  Plus, they’re just kind of fun and unexpected, which IS my bag, Baby.

Have you thought about incorporating some non-traditional colors into your fall decor?  Tell me about it!

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. So cute! They really do look like little circus pumpkins. Could be a cute touch for a circus themed kids birthday

  2. So cute! Great idea.

  3. This is funny… I’ve been following your blog for so long, I can recognize the ‘flavor!’ I saw these adorable little carnival pumpkins on pinterest and thought, “Lindsay would love those.” No, we have never met, but this blog inspires me! Last October, you helped me define my own personal decor style and you’ve encouraged me to start taking a few risks. That being said… I LOVE fall colors. They are totally my bag, baby. All year long, actually. As far as incorporating non-traditional colors, I’ve been throwing around a little turquoise just for fun. It’s nice against the spicy oranges.

  4. See……crafting doesn’t have to cost a lot! I was just planning on hitting up the dollar store to look for some decore for my entry and our shops entry……….definitely stealing this idea from you! Thanks!!

  5. These are awesome! I sometimes feel like fall decor clashes with my house, but by doing this I could co-ordinate pumpkins with the rest of my style. Thanks for sharing this idea. Your ideas are always so original.

  6. These are way too awesome! I wish I would have seen these before Halloween, but I’m definitely going to give this a try next year!