Decorating with Fake Pumpkins

Carved Halloween pumpkin filled with candy corn
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​There are about as many ways to dress up a fake pumpkin as there are ways to dress up yourself for Halloween. Artificial craft pumpkins—otherwise known as "Funkins"—look quite realistic in their natural state and are often used on porches and in seasonal vignettes throughout the fall. Because they're not perishable, crafty people have discovered countless ways to paint them, cover them in glitter, or use trim, decorative fabric, and paper to cover them to be used as seasonal accents fall after fall. Plastic jack-o-lanterns—often used as candy buckets for small children—can also be painted and decorated in a number of ways. However, artificial pumpkins can actually serve a purpose beyond just a decorative one. These 11 creative uses for craft pumpkins are as pretty as they are practical, and look festive for fall, too. 

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    Faux Pumpkin Flower Pot

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    Make a Faux Pumpkin into a Flower Pot I Heart Naptime

    Press faux pumpkins into service as flower pots for your front porch or patio. Place potted mums straight from the garden center into craft pumpkins without even taking them out of their plastic containers. Alternatively, hide a shallow vase inside a faux pumpkin and fill it with cut flowers from the grocery store to bring the splashy colors of autumn indoors.

    Faux Pumpkin Flower Pot by I Heart Naptime

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    Carved Address in a Craft Pumpkin

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    Carve Your Address Into a Craft Pumpkin In My Own Style

    Consider carving your house number into a craft pumpkin as a unique way to add fall flavor to the outside of your home. This is a great idea if you're hosting a trick-or-treating party and want a more festive way to direct guests to your home. Plus, you can leave it up from September through November, worry-free!

    Carved Address in Craft Pumpkin by In My Own Style

  • 03 of 09

    Faux Pumpkin Door Decoration

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    Faux Pumpkins for the Front Door via Smart School House

    Craft pumpkins improve curb appeal when they're cut in half and hung on your front door. This is a great way to welcome fall to your home. You could choose to hang multiple decorated pumpkins as seen here; however, just one large orange pumpkin on the front door would make a statement that could be seen from the street.

    Faux Pumpkin Door Decoration by Smart School House

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    Framed 'Art'-ificial Pumpkin

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    Frame a Faux Pumpkin Creations by Kara

    Cut a craft pumpkin in half to use as framed art. Mount the pumpkin slice to a piece of foam board covered in decorative paper or fabric as a sweet seasonal accent. Prop the framed "art"-ficial pumpkin on an entry table, or use it in a fall vignette on a mantel or open shelving in the kitchen.

    Framed Faux Pumpkin by Creations by Kara

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    Pumpkin Guest Book

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    Use a pumpkin as a guest book Something Turquoise

    If you're having a fall wedding, a faux pumpkin makes a unique guest book. Not only will your guests enjoy writing their best wishes to you on it, you can display it every fall as a nod to your nuptials and a reminder of your special day.

    Pumpkin Guest Book by Something Turquoise

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    Fake Pumpkin Ice Bucket

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    Keep wine cool in a craft pumpkin The DIY Playbook

    If you plan to host a Halloween or other fall-themed party, an artificial pumpkin makes a great (and not to mention Instagram-worthy) vessel for chilling drinks. Cut the top off of a large craft pumpkin, then fill it with ice and bottles of wine or beer. This setup is the perfect touch for any fall-themed party. Place it on a bar cart stocked with wine glasses and appetizer plates so the party can move wherever your guests do.

    Fake Pumpkin Ice Bucket by The DIY Playbook


    Artificial craft pumpkins are not food-safe. Do not use to hold ice to put in drinks.

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    Craft Pumpkin Cookie Jar

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    Make a Cookie Jar from a Craft Pumpkin The Inspired Hive

    Similarly, you could use a craft pumpkin as a cute cookie or treat jar throughout the fall season. A chalkboard label affixed to the outside of the pumpkin announces what sweets lie inside. Because artificial pumpkins are not food-safe, line the pumpkin with a plastic storage bag before placing unwrapped cookies or other treats inside. Seal the storage bag between uses to keep items fresh. 

    Craft Pumpkin Cookie Jar by The Inspired Hive

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    Craft Pumpkin Candy Holders

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    Craft Pumpkin Candy Holders By Stephanie Lynn

    Decorate and carve craft pumpkins to use as self-serve candy vessels when you're going to be out-of-town or unable to answer the door on Halloween night. Trick-or-treaters will delight in grabbing their treats from these wide-mouthed monsters, and you'll love that you can use them year after year.

    Craft Pumpkin Candy Holders by By Stephanie Lynn

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  • 09 of 09

    Pumpkin Lantern

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    Craft Pumpkin Luminaria HGTV

    Here, a real pumpkin was drilled with a fretwork design to be used as a lantern for a real candle. To make this idea work for a craft pumpkin, swap a battery-operated LED candle for the real thing to avoid a fire hazard. Pumpkin lanterns like these would look gorgeous lining the walk or front steps to your home. Alternatively, create a grouping of pumpkin lanterns carved in a variety of designs on a fireplace mantel for a show-stopping seasonal display.

    Pumpkin Luminaria by HGTV