Sometimes we get so excited about finding the perfect, big, round pumpkin to carve (or not carve!) for Halloween that we forget to pay attention to that other ubiquitous gourd at the supermarket: the mini pumpkin. But really, we should. They’re so wee and cute, not to mention cheap, so throw a few in your shopping bag and take a stab at these easy-peasy DIY ideas to liven up your home all season long.
1. Donut Mini Pumpkins: After all, these types of mini pumpkins *are* known as munchkins. Plus, as long as you have some acrylic paints on hand, you can add as many extra sprinkles as you want. (via Studio DIY)
4. Mini Pumpkins With Glitter Stems: Go glitter or go home. For a smooth painting surface with a good stem, you’re gonna want to opt for the slightly rounder variety, sometimes known as a Wee-B-Little. (via Aunt Peaches)
6. Paint and Glitter Mini Pumpkins: Halloween leans macabre, but all orange and black decor can be a bit of a downer. We say buck the trend and paint your pumpkins bright pink. (via Posh Little Designs)
7. Geo Mini Pumpkins: These elegant geometric pumpkins may look fancy, but they’re deceptively simple. Baby Boo pumpkins are already white, so all you need is a paint pen and a few minutes, and your centerpiece is complete. (via Lovely Indeed)
8. Mini Pumpkins as Place Cards: These gold-dipped place settings instantly class up your Thanksgiving tablescape, and best of all, they won’t take much time at all, so you can focus on the turkey. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)
11. Hanging Mini Jack-o’-Lanterns: Just because they’re tiny doesn’t mean they can’t be carved like the giant ones. In fact, you can turn those jack-o’-lanterns into actual lanterns with some heavy-gauge wire hangers. (via Better Homes and Gardens)
12. Mini Pumpkin Serving Bowls: There are SO many tasty autumnal treats you could serve in your hollowed-out mini: apple curry pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie truffles, pumpkin spice puppy chow… or how about some PSL M&Ms? (via A Subtle Revelry)
14. Ribbon-Wrapped Mini Pumpkins: No time to break out the carving knives or even the paintbrushes? No biggie; just use some double-stick tape and ribbon to add some flair to your pumpkins. If you’re really in a rush, washi tape is the way to go. (via Good Housekeeping)
16. Fanged Mini Pumpkins: These “Drac-o’-lanterns” (LOL, Martha) are exactly what your monster mash needs — especially when you realize you do not want to wear those plastic vampire fangs all night. (via Martha Stewart)
What do you do with those tiny little pumpkins this time of year? Tell us your decorating tips in the comments!