Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
DIY fall table decor ideas with pink pumpkins? Let’s go.
Before we start, I should tell you that I’ve never been super interested in being exactly like other people.
I mean, don’t get me wrong… growing up, I didn’t want to look totally different than anybody else.
(When everyone got a Liz Claiborne purse in 8th grade, I wanted one too. But I always knew I had a little colorful spunk in me that khaki pants and button-up shirts couldn’t contain.)
That’s the way I approach my design, as well. I can do designs that we see on Pinterest, and they look beautiful. But my REAL joy is working with clients that want something a little bit different than everyone else. THEY want to be the pin on Pinterest that is setting the stage for other trends. It could be through color, graphics like dots and stripes, or pairing metallic tones.
When I have a client who really lets me use my creativity, I always love the result. Being creative and out of the ordinary gets me super excited.
So it’s no surprise now that fall has arrived, I’m leaving traditional fall colors behind–gold, red and brown– and having a little pumpkin fun. So plug in your glue gun and get ready to ruin your manicure– it is DIY time!
I chose my colors carefully. I knew I wanted an expected take on pairing with orange. Since most pairings are dark like fall foliage…(mustard yellow and brown and red), I kept going back to the unexpected combination of punchy turquoise with orange.
I found a couple of color palette samples on Pinterest and finally decided on turquoise, orange, fuchsia, and light pink.
When I shopped for the colors, I held the bottles next to each other to envision what the painted pumpkins would look like next to each other on the garland. Especially with the two pinks, I wanted to make sure the shades were exactly like I envisioned- not too similar to each other, or it would lose the impact of using two pinks.
Let them paint the pumpkins–or enjoy a blissfully quiet hour on this project while the gang is gone! I even enlisted merry helpers.
An easy way to paint the pumpkins without smearing them (getting paint all over your fingers) is to insert the wire into the top of an inverted plastic cup. Paint some of the light pink, some hot pink, some blue. Leave some white or orange, depending on the color of the pumpkins you started with.
Make sure to leave a leaf or two at the end of each stem. Paint all leaves gold if they’re not already metallic.
Now, here’s a chance to exercise your creative gifts for your fall table decor:
Outline some leaves in pink or blue—paint pink or blue veins on others. Or paint only the center color. Most of the leaves will have some gold showing. I did stripes, solid, and outlines to make bold statement leaves. This step let me channel the forgotten Disney cartoon Pocahontas and “paint with all the colors of the wind.” I let the leaves and pumpkins dry for about 30 minutes and did a 2nd coat so they would look brighter. This second coat was key in making them pop.
Then, reconstruct the stems by turning them end to end and taping the colorful leaves back to the stem, staggering them as you go and leaving space between. Tape several stems together to create a garland.
Next is the part I had to play around with. I started taping the leaves with floral tape, but the tape wasn’t secure enough to hold it as tightly as I wanted.
I switched to floral wire and hot glue, but I think zip ties would be most effective next time.
☆DIY note: It is not a true DIY if you didn’t learn a lesson and need something you didn’t have at home!
Now add in your colorful pumpkins at intervals. If your pumpkins are on a wire, snip most of the length, twist the remaining bit around the garland and fasten with florist tape. No wire? Just hot glue the pumpkins among the leaves. Vary the colors and sizes, and don’t skimp. Nestle a good number of pumpkins along with the garland.
Lastly, tuck in some gold and white berry clusters here and there. Use florist tape or hot glue to secure.
Stand back and admire your work! Look in your spring table linens to see what placemats and napkins you might use with this exuberant fall tablescape. Because this is such a rich color palette, I didn’t’ want it to get too sweet. I cut some of the bright sweetness of the color by using simple white and black plates.
Plan a special meal to enjoy–and show off–the fruits of your labor.
In the end, I am so glad I took a departure from my typical fall decor. My breakfast table looks like a pumpkin dance party that I am invited to every morning!
(Don’t start the techno beats until I have had my coffee first.)
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