3 Easy Ways You Can Decorate With Pumpkins

by | Holidays, Home

There are so many fun ways to decorate with pumpkins and I’m sharing 3 of my favorite ways for the season. Quick and easy, as well as budget-friendly!

Someone really needs to save me from myself during pumpkin season.  Or not!

I mean, I’m not sad about all the pumpkins that have made their way into our house so far, not to mention all the pumpkin flavored goodies!

My favorites are the pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice yogurt cookies, pumpkin biscotti, pumpkin Oreos, pumpkin bread…you get the idea!

Funny thing is, I am not a huge fan of the pumpkin flavors in the spring or summer.  It’s just something about fall that just makes them so perfect.


I guess that’s one reason that I think of fall decor as a “feeling”.  How else could we even pretend to have fall in Florida if we didn’t approach it as a feeling instead of the weather?!


While you’re never going to find my front porch piled with fresh pumpkins or pretty fall-colored leaves crunching under your feet in my yard, we work extra hard to bring the fall feeling indoors anyway!

I have some favorite “go-to” decorating tips that I use when decorating with pumpkins.


Disclaimer: They aren’t fancy or over-the-top.  Just quick, simple ways to tuck fresh pumpkins around my house without my husband realizing I got another one at the grocery store.  Ha!

(Come on, you do the same thing, right?  There’s no way I’m alone in this!)


Unless, of course, you have an awesome husband that goes pumpkin diving on a date night.  What can I say?  He’s pretty great!


So, here we go!  Let’s get to decorating with pumpkins and bringing in all the fall feelings into our homes!


How to Decorate with Pumpkins

Quick and easy ways that will make everyone think you spent a long time on your decor!

The common theme between all of my favorite ways to decorate with pumpkins is using vintage vessels!  I love investing in beautiful, vintage pieces that I can use for everything from serving food to holding plants and from styling with fresh flowers or candles to decorating with pumpkins!

I shared a lot of tips about how to hunt for vintage items over on this post and this post too!

How to Decorate with a Pumpkin Stack


What’s better than one pumpkin?  A stack, of course!

A pumpkin stack is a quick and easy way to add height to a vignette or create a statement piece.  Sometimes I simply stack the pumpkins.

But my favorite way to decorate with pumpkins in a stack is to add some fresh greenery, corn husks, or dried branches.

Since I don’t live near any corn fields, I have to get a little creative!  I was looking out my window one day, trying to think of some fall decorating ideas, and realized that the dead banana branch, hanging straight down from my tree, had a bit of a resemblance to a corn stalk!

See what I mean?  I promptly cut some pieces and I use them all around our house, tucked into fall arrangements and vignettes.

I also added them between the pumpkins on my pumpkin stack and I kinda love it!  I love how it has a lot of texture, is a little unique, and how the natural colors give that fall feeling.

Here’s how you can decorate with pumpkins and get this look:

  • Start with a base.  I used a vintage bread board and it makes it easy to scoot the pumpkin stack around on the table.
  • Next, add your largest pumpkin.  I like to use a mix of fall colors.  It helps to find a pumpkin that has a short stem!
  • Add a couple stems of your cornstalk or husks, going in two directions.
  • Add the middle pumpkin.  (Preferably, I have 3 sizes of pumpkins.  I am still looking for the perfect “small” pumpkin for the top!)
  • Add a couple more stems of your cornstalk, going in different directions than the bottom ones.
  • Add the top pumpkin!  I try to find one for the top that has a pretty stem. Sometimes, I just have to go with what I can find!

You can substitute different things for the cornstalks.  These dried stems would be beautiful!  You can also cut branches from your yard for another free decor option!

I like to set a pumpkin stack in the middle of my kitchen island, off-centered on a console table, or as a centerpiece on my table!  You can also build a pumpkin stack on top of a large planter or urn to create a topiary-style look!

Easiest Way EVER to Decorate with Pumpkins

Seriously, the easiest thing, but it is my very favorite!

You can use a variety of things for this styling:

  • Ironstone pot (here, here, and here)
  • Soup tureen (here or here)
  • Vintage French tian bowl (here or here)
  • Any kind of round bowl, dish, or planter!

My vintage French tian bowl is one of my favorite pieces and definitely a favorite thing to use when I decorate with pumpkins!

This is literally one of most simple ways you can decorate!  Here are the two quick steps:

Step One

Place a favorite fall wreath at the top of your bowl.  The tian bowl works so well for this because of the wide mouth.  A pretty piece of pottery or crockery bowl could work great too!

I also love this wreath and it would be so pretty with the pumpkin and bowl!

Step Two

Simply place your pumpkin on the top!  I like to tilt it just a little for more dimension.

This makes the perfect centerpiece for a dining table or console table.  I styled mine on the little vintage French champagne crate that we use for a coffee table in the music room!

How to Create a Pumpkin Vignette

The fun part about this is that your pumpkin vignette will look totally different than mine!  

To start, you need to gather three different bowls/dishes/planters.  You want three different widths and preferably a little different heights too.  While you’re at it, grab a big, vintage bread board for the base!

I used a tarnished silver dish that I found on a thrifting trip, an ironstone soup tureen, and a mini ironstone bowl from an antique mall.

I foraged some little clips of dead branches and leaves from around my yard and also mixed in some faux greenery that I’ve had for many years.  I like using a mixture for this so that there is more variation in the overall arrangement.

I put 2-3 clippings in each vessel, making sure they point out different directions.  It helps to make sure you view this from both the side and the top as you’re working!

Lastly, simply add your pumpkins.  You could do all white for a really clean, neutral look.  I mixed in some of these heirloom pumpkins to add a touch of fall color.

I used a mini faux pumpkin in my smallest bowl.  Consider this “permission granted” to mix your faux and fresh pumpkins!  This arrangement would also look great with all faux pumpkins, especially if you want it to be sure and last the whole season.

When I use faux pumpkins, I like to get them as realistic as possible.  That usually means spending more, but considering you can use them for many years, I consider it a good investment!  I especially love this one that came out this year!

You could also mix pumpkins and dried gourds in an arrangement like this for even more texture and interest!  This huge gourd  would be so pretty mixed with pumpkins!

I hope this gives you some fun ways to look around your home or thrift for some fun vessels, grab another pumpkin at the grocery store, clip some stems from your yard, and get to styling!  I’d love for you to share your finished pumpkin pictures with me over on my Instagram messages too!

If you’re looking for even more ideas for styling your tables this fall, make sure to grab my e-book for only $4.95.  I shared my favorite 5 fall tablescapes, complete with planning guides and lists of everything you need!

I’d love for you to follow me on social media!  You can find my home decor inspiration on Instagram, Pinterestand Facebook!  











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