Decorative (Funkins) Pumpkins

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As much as I am going to really miss summer…I do enjoy decorating for fall. I love the bright colors, cinnamon candles, cool afternoons and pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins. I was shopping at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store recently and found these “Funkins.” They are carvable faux pumpkins.



I was sharing pumpkins on the show and thought these would be ideal. They are lightweight and the perfect shape and size. I thought they would be great to decorate and preserve.



Here are a few ideas.

White and Gold Pumpkins




1-White Spray Paint
2-Mod Podge
3-Gold Glitter

4-Gold Metallic Paint
5-Craft Sponge and Spongits
6-Decorative Ribbons
7-Hot glue gun

How to:

Gold Glittered Pumpkin
1-Spray paint the pumpkins white
2-Use a craft sponge and top the pumpkin with Mod Podge.
3-Heavily shake gold glitter over the sticky Mod Podge and let it dry.

Gold Dotted Pumpkin
1-Spray paint pumpkins white
2-Use craft spongit and metallic gold paint to “dot” the pumpkin. (Dot lightly! Some of mine were heavy and started to drip-hence why I added the stripes.)




3-Use gold ribbons to create bow topper



Lacey Pumpkin



1-Spray Paint (I chose turquoise)

How to:

1-Spray paint the pumpkin
2-Wrap the pumpkin in lace. I used wide lace from a spool.



3-Tie the lace at the top with a ribbon.

Rhinestone Pumpkin



1-Folk Art Chalk Paint
2-Paint brush or craft sponge
3-Rhinestone letter (sticky back)
4-Burlap ribbon and other glittery decor form floral department
5-Hot glue gun

How to:
1-Paint the pumpkin. (This paint took a little longer to dry.)
2-Stick the letter on.
3-Add ribbon and glittery decor to top with your hot glue gun.


Peacock Pumpkin



This one was not a “Funkin.” I used a Papier-mâché type pumpkin. I spray painted it gold before I took a picture (sorry!).

2-Paper covered craft wire
3-Craft Peacock feathers
4-Mod Podge

How to:

1-Spray paint pumpkin
2-Cover top with Mod Podge
3-Heavily coat with glitter
4-Push craft wire through the top and curl with your finger
5-String the feathers on the wire



“Shaky Bones” Pumpkin

This one is my favorite! My friend, Emily Tucker, made a traditional, Autumn wreath and then added a little skeleton and some feathers. It was so cool and creative. I used her wreath as the inspiration for this pumpkin.



1-Folk Art Chalk PaintIMG_6605
2-Paintbrush or craft sponge
3-Fall flowers
5-Tiny Skeleton
6-craft feathers
7-Power drill
How to:
1-Paint the pumpkin
2-Drill holes to push fall flowers through
3-Wrap flowers with ribbon
4-Use twin to tie the feathers and skeleton on.



I purchased all of my supplies from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.



I also shared this on NBC, WSLS 10, Daytime Blue Ridge’s “Living with Lindee.” Here is the clip.



Thanks for stopping by! What creative pumpkin ideas do you have?



American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Anna Sundman

    October 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    So great to meet you last weekend at the Hometown Hustle! LOVE the glitter pumpkin.

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 10, 2014 at 10:05 am


      Thanks for checking out my pumpkins! It was great to meet you too last week. I am soooo behind in getting caught up with everyone and everything. Hope to see you at another event. You should check out Haven!

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