A Simple, Non-Traditional Pumpkin DIY in Natural Tones




Introduction: A Simple, Non-Traditional Pumpkin DIY in Natural Tones

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Looking for a different way to decorate a pumpkin? Then check out this simple, unusual pumpkin DIY in natural/neutral tones. It's easy, there's no maintenance & it'll last for a few months.

Long gone is the time when you could only buy or grow pumpkins in orange. These days they come in dark to light orange, white, green, blue-grey, peach, yellow, brown with smooth skin, warts, ribbed, and in all shapes and sizes. This brown one caught my eye because I’d never seen one before. It was destined to be – I just had to do a pumpkin DIY in natural tones with this beauty.

Step 1:

My client had bought an SUV full of pumpkins and other squashes at Farmer John’s in Half Moon Bay, CA. I was working on a Halloween decorating job at her house and they were all to be part of the display. I took 3 of them home for a little fall decor and later decorated them. This is a really easy DIY which doesn’t take a lot of materials (some I collected) and only involves a few steps. My kind of project!

Step 2: Ingredients

– brown pumpkin. They’re really hard to find so you could paint or sponge a white pumpkin. I bet acrylic or chalk paint in brown would work just fine.


spanish moss

– walnuts

– acorns (collected)

– red eucalyptus pods (collected)

– king palm seeds (collected)

– seeded eucalyptus foliage (collected)

hot melt glue

– skillet

– I use a large electric skillet which I’ve had for years because I do a lot of crafting. This small one might work for you. If you have a glue gun, then that’ll work just fine too.

Step 3: STEP 1

Glue the moss on top of the pumpkin.

The 1st thing I do when I decorate pumpkins, squashes or gourds is glue moss on at the top. This gives the ingredients I’m decorating with something to attach to.

Tip: If your moss has gotten old & dry like mine here, simply soak it in water to revive it. This makes it much easier to work with.

Step 4: STEP 2

Add the walnuts on top of the moss.

Tip: Walnuts are a bit on the heavy side so I held them in place for about 10 seconds while the glue dried.

Step 5: STEP 3

Add the lichen & eucalyptus pods.

Step 6: STEP 4

Add eucalyptus leaves (I had already dried mine for another project) under the moss.

Tip: If you cut the stems off it’s much easier to glue the leaves in under the moss.

Step 7: STEP 5

Add in the acorns nestling them at different angles amongst the nuts and pods.

Step 8:

The collected materials were forged in the Santa Barbara, CA area. Use whatever nuts, seeds, pods and leaves you can get your hands on to create a similar look. As much as I dig bright colors, I just love this natural/neutral look. How about you?

Happy creating, Happy fall!


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    4 years ago

    So nice! Those are interesting, elongated acorns...


    Reply 4 years ago

    Yes! I gathered them in coastal Central CA. Nell


    4 years ago

    This would be such a pretty centerpiece! I love the nuts with the brown pumpkin, it's a cute take on fall decor without the typical orange :)


    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you so much! Brazil nuts would be beautiful too. Nell