Thursday, September 27, 2012

{Quick and Easy} Paint Chip Pumpkins

Paint Chip Pumpkins Banner WM

Aren’t these adorable?

If you’re looking for an easy way to decorate for fall, you’re in the right place because these paint chip pumpkins are SO easy to make.

Two years ago I found this tutorial for paint chip pumpkins and used it to make Thanksgiving decorations with my sister-in-law.

The hot glue part was a bit tricky (and painful) and made it so that they took up a lot of space when stored. Then, last year I realized that I could eliminate the hot glue and create pumpkins that were collapsible for storage using the same method as my paint chip balls.

Paint Chip Balls Project Gallery

Here’s the quick step-by-step:

paint chip ball tutorial collage

The process for making pumpkins is the same as above with one extra step – hot glue a piece of a branch to the top to create the stem.

Paint Chip Pumpkins Stem No Stem

{Quick Tip: Choose a flat brad like a square that will allow you to glue your stem almost flush with the top of the pumpkin}

When it’s time to put them away, they will look like step 5 above except with a stem.

Nice and compact (and almost free).

So . . . what’s stopping you from making paint chip pumpkins in every colour imaginable?

Paint Chip Pumpkins Basket

 Orange, cream, chartreuse.


Paint Chip Pumpkins Basket Zoom

I finally found a chippy chair at a garage sale for $2.00.

Chippy Chair With Pumpkins

It was the perfect backdrop for my photos!

Pumpkins on Chair Vertical


Paint Chip Pumpkins On Chair

In my next post I’ll be sharing a different pumpkin DIY that looks just as good on my chair.

Come back soon!

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P.S. FYI - Mr. Mechanic and I are far-too-regular customers at many home improvement stores!
P.P.S. Want to see more of my paint chip projects? Here you go!
Paint Chip Pumpkins Square WM
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  1. Aren't hose the sweetest little things! Great mix of colours - I guess you can have ANY colour you like when you use paint chips!! I love the little "extra" that the wooden stem gives. Very cute!

  2. These are adorable! I absolutely love how they are a sweet craft, can be made for different occasions, and looks easy enough for me to do with my kids. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Very cute and unique project - thanks for sharing!

  4. These pumpkins are super cute! Great idea to use the brads so that you can store them easily and without ruining them! I laughed at the hot glue gun part because I was doing a project for the girls last week and burned myself multiple times! I love the chippy chair - great find!

  5. SO cute! I love how sweet they look all piled up in that wire basket!

  6. Oh my gosh. I adore these! You rock! Great tutorial too. xoxo Found you through DIY show off link party. xoxo

  7. These are so stinking cute! I fully expected that I would be scrolling and scrolling down through your comments thread because so many people would have already have stopped by and said WOW. Because these are WOW-worthy!

    And I'm laughing at the whole taking of paint chips from the home improvement stores ... I use paint chips as my tags for my Etsy shop and worry that my local hardware store is going to "get onto me" soon ...



  8. Love this creative idea! I am very much into up cycled crafting so I pinned this to try sometime. P.s.your newest follower:) happy crafting!

  9. Your pumpkins are too cute! Don't you love paint chips???

  10. Just found you. This is such a unique idea. Very original :)
    One I am going to try with the kids! Thanks!

  11. This is amazing! So brilliant. They turned out great. I hope you will link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

  12. Claire, they're so cute! I never would have thought to do that. I may tackle making some plushie pumpkins this weekend, but your idea sounds so much simpler - and I'm all about near-instant gratification. ;)

  13. Love these - great idea and a cool tutorial too.
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. These are so creative and cute!! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday party and show off your awesome blog!

  15. Love this idea. Super creative and inexpensive!
    This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  16. Very cool idea. Anyone with kids probably has dozens of paint chips lying around. Paint chip displays are kids magnets! My weekly linky party--One Creative Weekend--has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

  17. So fun!! I love how colorful they are! Thanks for linking up!

  18. These are adorable and so creative!! I love your pumpkins. Your newest follower. I love your blog. :)

  19. what a fab idea, will have to try this!!!!

  20. Great idea! Now I know what to do with the stack of paint chips in my junk drawer.


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