Cheap Thanksgiving Decor.

Halloween happened in the blink of an eye and it’s onto Thanksgiving now.  It’s one of those sort of ambiguous holidays, decorating wise.  How much more can you really do with pumpkins?

A little more, I’m telling you, just a little bit more.

We’re going to make cute spray painted silver pumpkins for Cheap Thanksgiving Decor.

thanksgiving decorations

If you have a few extra pumpkins from Halloween lying around, this craft is for you.  Pumpkins are practically a dime a dozen around town right now, so go get a couple.  Or four.

thanksgiving decorations

Here are the supplies you need:

  • pumpkins
  • spray paint

Seriously folks, that’s it.  Unless you’re spray painting on your kitchen table, then you might want some newspaper.

spray painting

I got silver spray paint because it’s what we had in the garage, and I think it looks awesome.

Step 1:

Shake up your spray paint and spray the pumpkin.

It just doesn’t get easier than this.

Spray at least 6″-8″ inches away from the pumpkin so it doesn’t get all drippy on you.

spray painted pumpkin

I painted on an upside down bucket outside on my lawn.

spray paint

Step 2:

Repeat on as many pumpkins as you have.  Spray paint the night away.

See how the bottoms are still orange?  Leave them alone while they dry, don’t make the mistake *AHEM* of rolling them over to get the bottoms.

Once they’re dry, roll them over, paint the bottoms, and let the paint dry for about 24 hours.

thanksgiving decorations

Step 3:

Decorate your house.

fall decorations

Seriously?  Seriously.  It’s that easy.

You could go one step further and sprinkle them with glitter, if you wanted to get all fancy on me.  But I think this is the easiest, and therefore best, Thanksgiving decor out there.

You’re welcome.

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Hello there! I’m Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I’m super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we’re a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Jamie S :

    I’m really wishing I had picked up some pumpkins after looking at this transformation. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with a can of spray paint?

    • Allison :

      There are still tons out there! Seriously. So so so so easy.

  2. Zina :

    I actually love this. Great idea.

    Spray-painting things silver is SO fun.

    • Allison :

      It’s so much more fun than I thought it would be Zina! I want to spray paint everything in my house now.

  3. jen :

    i’m SOOOO doing this today!

    • Allison :

      Do eeet, do eeeeet!

  4. Katrina Babic :

    Thank you Allison! Seriously, I have company coming the day after Thanksgiving to stay with me for 5 days. I was racking my brain for a center piece for my dining table {other than the stack o’ papers that is usually there}

    • Allison :

      Do these Katrina! You can even do a couple of different colors if you want to get really fancy: gold and silver.

      Go get em!

    • Allison :

      Easy peasy.

    • Allison :

      Absolutely, no problem!

  5. Cassie Jowers :

    Just don’t forget that there is a live pumpkin under that silver paint. You’ll have a mushy mess in a few weeks.

    • Allison :

      You make a really good point Cassie! I live in cold cold Utah, so mine will be fine for a little while but this is a craft you might want to do RIGHT before Thanksgiving.

  6. Annie Chung :

    Hi Allison,

    I love this post! I was wondering if you mind if I re-post this on my blog. I am an NYU student doing a school project for my entrepreneurship class and the focus of our project is on cheap apartment decor. I think this craft perfectly embodies our goals and visions. Anyway, let me know if that would be okay with you. Thanks!


    • Allison :

      Annie, if you wanted to take one photo with a link to the full post, that’s okay with me, but I’d rather you didn’t take the whole thing.

      Thanks for asking!

      • Annie Chung :

        Okay, I will just take the final picture and definitely link it back to your blog! Thanks for letting me talk about this idea. Its really great!

        By the way, do you have any suggestions for how we can be successful with our own blog? The ultimate goal is to get people to buy products on our amazon webstore which sells cheap apartment decor. The blog is supposed to get people interested in the concept of decorating apartments in a affordable way.

        Anyway, I think its really great that you respond to all your followers’ posts. I really appreciate your time!


      • Allison :

        Thanks Annie!

        Keep churning out good content and you’re on the right track, seriously!

        Good luck.

  7. Southern Fried Gal :

    Great idea! These can carry over to Christmas as well!

    • Allison :

      I know, right? I think they’d look great on a mantel with some silver tinsel.