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)

2. Confetti-Dipped Mini Pumpkins: A quick coat of paint and some gold-foil confetti turn these pumpkins into instant Halloween party decorations. (via Studio DIY)

3. Burger Mini Pumpkins: We’ll take two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seedBaby Boo pumpkin bun. (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)

5. Color-Dipped Mini Pumpkins: Add a splash of color here and a dollop of sparkles there with our easy-to-follow “color dipping” instructions. (via Brit + Co)

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)

9. Party Animal Mini Pumpkins: Going the animal route with your costume this Halloween? Make sure your party decor matches. (via Studio DIY)

10. Confetti Mini Pumpkins: This DIYer used a dollar-store foam pumpkin, but why not Mod Podge some sparkles onto the real deal? (via Madigan Made)

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)

13. Succulent Mini Pumpkins: This is how you take something as “Halloweeny” as a pumpkin and make it work all the way through Christmas. (via Living Locurto)

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)

15. Gilded Mini Pumpkins: We know a pro DIYer such as yourself has a can of gold spray paint in the garage. Break it out to take these mini pumpkins from bland to glam. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

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)

17. Neon Ombre Mini Pumpkins: Muted fall colors be damned — we’re going NEON this year. (via Kollabora)

What do you do with those tiny little pumpkins this time of year? Tell us your decorating tips in the comments!