I Heart White Pumpkins

Last fall, somewhere in blogland, someone posted a lovely little vignette of all white pumpkins.  I didn't give it much of a second thought but I burned the picture into my memory because I loved it so much (this was before pinterest!) 

I knew I had to do some white pumpkins myself.  I then went out to some crafty type stores (and even Wal-Mart) to pick up some faux pumpkins in white or to be spray painted. 

That's when I remembered that it is against my religion to buy holiday decorations when they are "in-season" even if they are on sale.  I refuse to spend $12 on a fake pumpkin even though $12 is the sale price.   Especially when I need  8 to 10.  Not happening when I know they will 90% off in a matter of weeks (when I won't need them cause Christmas will be in full swing). 

So, I decided to scratch the white pumpkins and save it for next year (meaning this year).  I ended up not getting any faux pumpkins after pumpkin season last year, which was fine because at every garage sale I went to this summer I picked some up.  I think I spent $1.75, total.  

Here's what my pumpkins looked like when I got 'em.


Bag o' Pumpkins


I picked ups some off white spray paint and primer, taped off the stems and went to spraying...

I am an impatient and sloppy spray-painter and used my hand as a make-shift spinning pedastel to get all the pumpkin angles. 

Note to self:  next time wear gloves.


Here is how they turned out...



I tried to get some different textures... I loved this burlap one (even though on the back there is a big glob of hot glue from the previous owner, no one will ever see it!)


Since I saved so much money on garage sale pumpkins I allowed myself to buy these cute little owls that hold votive candles... AAAA-dorable!


I also added in my white pitcher and some fall leaves to add a little bit of color and height.

 

I added a swag in the background that was one of my 90% off scores at Hob Lob last year (read about more of my 90% off deals HERE).    I also put up my mocha wreath (which I love!) from my friend Abbe over at Brown Apples sent me.  Here's how it turned out...


I love how it looks in my kitchen but I love even more that it cost next to nothing to get a whole new look!

What do you think of my white pumpkins??

Linking:  Nest of Posies Fall Festival, Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Lettered Cottage, Faded Charm

58 comments :

  1. Love the white fall decor! Great and very frugal.

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  2. Good idea! I hate paying $12 for a fake pumpkin too! They look great. Now where's my white spray paint!
    -Lynn

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  3. Love it all. The white pumpkins are just fabulous and your entire vignette is stunning. Love the wreath also. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  4. I love the clean look of your white pumpkins and other items on the table. I have been wanting to make a paper wreath for so long. This gives me inspiration to get busy!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  5. I did white pumpkins in the bathroom last year and loved them! I love yours too and what bargains!

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  6. It looks fantastic! I love it. Now I guess I have something more to try to add to my collection...lol

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  7. So elegant! I'll be checking the clearance racks this year...

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  8. I love them. I'm trying to decorate for fall not using the traditional reds and oranges. This is perfect.

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  9. Love it! I love the mix of the small and big pumpkins. So much fun!

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  10. Love it love!!! I am so ready to get my pumpkins out and re-do them. It's been hard to get into the fall season when I live in Florida and its still hot. I am talking 95 degrees. Ugh not fun.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Vanessa

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  11. Note to self... buy pumpkins at garage sales!! FAB

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  12. Beautiful. Under $2 for all them pumpkins - awesome. My hands looked like that last Sunday, but they also had metalic silver with the white. My son asked if I was going to be the Tin Man for Halloween!

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  13. love love love. Soo crisp and pretty!

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  14. Much prettier and so chic. Happy Fall.

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  15. We must be the same religion, because I HATE buying in season items - even at sale price. I do it once in a while for smaller stuff, but for the most part, I'm the person hitting the sales the day after and planning out next year's decor. Love the white pumpkins. They look great!

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  16. I adore them! AND, I have so many fake pumpkins from previous years . . . I am SO doing this! I had to laugh at your white hands. I do the exact same thing and then end up scrubbing off at least one layer of skin trying to clean up!

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  17. Love it! I have no idea if you saw mine last year, but I did some white pumpkins... In fact, it was my first real post ever (so the photos aren't great and formatting is weird -- I've learned a lot). Anyway check it out if you have time

    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com/2010/10/here-in-toronto-thanksgiving-happens.html

    or used in a tablescape:

    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com/2010/10/casual-fall-dinner-table.html

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  18. Wow. That is beautiful! I really love that you notice their texture so much more when the pumpkins are white.

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  19. Oh my gosh Kate this looks incredible! Isn't it fun when you can just whip something up from things that you already have? Great job and great inspiration. Have a great week!

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  20. Your pumpkins turned out great, Kate, but those owls... it's a good thing I don't know where you live ;)

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  21. How pretty! At first I was like, "White pumpkins? I don't think so." But they look fantastic with everything else on and around the table. So pretty!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  22. I have used white pumkins for several years, mostly for Thanksgiving. I still use some orange ones for Halloween. I think the white ones are much more elegant looking.

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  23. i love it!!! i even smiled when i saw you were using the wreath i made you!!!! you did another fave!!! -abbe

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  24. Very cute! I like the white pumpkins better too. I'm like you too: cannot remember the last thing I purchased at full price (or even in a "regular" store)for decor items. Loves me my thrift stores and/or garage sales :-) Very pretty vignettes! To all you who get excited about spray painting before you think of gloves: acetone or even gas easily removes spray paint. Just don't rub too hard. (Yup! Been there, done that!)Wash up with soap and water well after that.

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  25. oh my goodness. So clean and crisp.Mine must get painted now!!

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  26. I am in love with this!! ...but I'm cracking up because I have the same picture on my blog of my hand all painted.

    New follower!
    Come visit us http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com

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  27. Kate - these are so pretty! I need to get my spray paint out!!!
    I'm a follower and "linker" of your blog. I'd love it if you would link this (or any project/recipe) up to my 1st Linker Party that started today.
    Thanks Kate!
    www.projectqueen.org

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  28. After my last project (which has all about color) I think I might have to make White Pumpkins.
    http://www.thriftywithtriplets.blogspot.com/

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  29. did a great job on punkies. some look real! speaking of season items, i went to dollar store for pumpkins today for an idea from country livings cover. looked all over. not one. had a small section with some halloween deco and the whole rest of the isle down the middle of the store.........C H R I S T M A S D E C O R A T I O N S.!!!!! 1st day of fall isnt even here yet. i was just so flabbergasted, i couldnt believe it. thats the only word for it. oh well, im done... your pumpkins look great:)

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  30. love the pumpkins and the burlap one especially. Those owls are to die for. Would love to know where you got them.

    Bernadette @b3hd

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  31. It all looks so pretty and Fresh with all the white. Love it :)

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  32. Beautiful, I love it! And the price even better!! Hope you don't mind if I'll share it with my readers tonight on my Friday Night Finds Fall edition :)

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  33. Where did you find those darling owls? Love those!!! (and need some for myself!) :)

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  34. Very pretty, love the pop of red with the white!

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  35. SOOO fresh and clean looking! The texture of the burlap pumpkin adds a nice touch. My hand usually looks like yours when I spray paint, too!

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  36. The white is stunning. Good call on the spray paint! I'm dying over that white pitcher! Where'd you find that beauty?
    Stopping by from The Lettered Cottage. Happy Fall!

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  37. I love your white pumpkins and owls!! Pinned to my "for the home" board on Pinterest!

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  38. I have the same larger owl and I love it! Great mantel!

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  39. I am in love with this! The owls are the cutest things ever! I have given myself a spray paint mani in the past, too...

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  40. Well I have to say I love it all!
    especially the owls, cause I have the same ones, lol
    It all looks so great and you can sleep so easily at night knowing how good ya did with your budget!
    Amy

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  41. I love your white pumpkins! The whole thing looks great and I adore your white owls! I'm going to have to find some for myself now! Great job. I'm your newest follower! Cindy

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  42. I think your pumpkins turned out great , think I'm going to try that !

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  43. I think your white pumpkins look wonderful! You did a brilliant job.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  44. Love the idea of painting orange pumpkins white! I love all things white anyway and don't decorate with orange too much inside. So, the white decor is very appealing. I think your display looks great. Just popping in from the White Wednesday party.

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  45. I think your pumpkins are spectacular! What a great job you did on them. I can't seem to master the spray paint...I don't think I know how to keep the can "moving" quick enough. lol
    Very shabby sweet...thanks for sharing your great finds on a budget.
    Blessings & hugs,
    Karen

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  46. Great display of white pumpkins! And the cheap price is even better:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  47. Looks really nice! Just the right combo of white and fall colors.

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  48. Your pumpkins turned out great....I can relate to the impatient thing when creating! Happy Autumn!

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  49. Hi! I think we're on the same wave length! I just posted some painted white pumpkins on White Wednesday and saw your post. It looks great! I painted mine with latex, worried the styro would melt with spray paint. Nice to find a like-minded blogger - I think I'll follow you!
    -Revi

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  50. Ha! My hands look like that after spray painting, too!

    Love the white decor! I'm partial to white pumpkins, too! The little owls are a perfect touch to mix in.

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  51. Love your mantel! Where did you purchase the owls from? Thanks!

    -Jamie

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  52. Love the Owls!!! I want them! Great vignette!

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  53. lovely mantel.... however i cannot find that wreath ((that i really really want to make!!)) do you perhaps have another link? i perused Brown Apples' site and still could not find it....

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  54. A few years later but still just as lovely ! I featured your wonderful mantle design on my blog! http://renovating519.blogspot.ca/2013/09/fall-for-me-mantles-inspiration-for.html

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