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The Most Realistic Faux Pumpkins and Ideas for Styling Them

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Realistic faux pumpkins are a wonderful addition to your fall decorations. They come in so many pretty colors, sizes, and shapes. See the best ones plus get ideas for decorating with them here today.

realistic faux pumpkins with blue demijohn

Realistic Faux Pumpkins and How to Use Them

It’s pumpkin season, y’all! And with it comes all the pretty fall decorating ideas. Pumpkins are always a big part of it but sometimes real ones are hard to find. And they’ve gotten so expensive!

Enter the faux pumpkin. Once only available in bright orange plastic with a black handle for trick-or-treating, they’ve come a long way, baby. The faux pumpkins available today are realistic, pretty, and last for many years so it’s definitely worth the investment.

realistic faux pumpkins

Realistic pumpkins available from Ballard Designs

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite realistic pumpkins that I own, pros and cons, sources to find them, and ideas for using them in your fall decorating. Let’s get started!

Faux Pumpkins Pros and Cons

Using faux pumpkins instead of real ones has its pros and cons. Let’s talk about them and you can decide if they’re right for you.

Pros for using faux pumpkins

  1. They last forever.
  2. After your initial purchase they don’t cost anything. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
  3. They’re lightweight and easy to move around.
  4. No rotten pumpkins to dispose of in November.
  5. You can paint them, carve them, and do almost anything to them that you would do with a real pumpkin.

Cons to using faux pumpkins

  1. They’re fake, obviously. But you can get some very realistic looking ones.
  2. You don’t get to make a trip to the pumpkin patch to get them.
  3. They can be expensive.
  4. You have to store them.

Sources for the Most Realistic Faux Pumpkins

The Most Realistic Faux Pumpkins

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There are several good sources for realistic faux pumpkins. The most realistic ones are also the most expensive, unfortunately. But even the cheaper ones look pretty good these days.

Here are the best sources for faux pumpkins:

  • Walmart – lots of budget-friendly options.
  • Michaels – they have a fairly wide variety at good prices. Plus they usually have some type of sale happening.
  • Amazon – lots of realistic faux pumpkins at good prices.
  • At Home – good prices but more whimsical than realistic for the most part.
  • Pottery Barn – very realistic pumpkins and mini pumpkins. They run sales often.
  • Ballard Designs – beautiful, very realistic pumpkins and gourds. They almost always have a sale happening.
  • Grandinroad – designer looks and prices, but you can save 20% if you sign up for texts/emails.
  • West Elmvery realistic but not cheap. They run sales often.
  • Target – you’ll find all styles and prices here.

Ideas for using realistic faux pumpkins

Now let’s look at some ideas for styling your faux pumpkins. Before we dig in, know that you’ll be seeing the same realistic faux pumpkins in a lot of these pictures.

I’ve had many of them for 10 years and have added a few along the way. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of them over the years.

1. In a basket, bin, or bucket

One of my favorite ways to decorate with faux pumpkins is adding them to a basket. Last year I created this big fall basket full of pretty pumpkins and foliage. It was super simple and you can read my tutorial plus see more ideas here: Quick and Easy Fall Basket Decorating Ideas

A few years ago I decorated our living room fireplace mantel with a vintage wire egg crate and layered some plaid blankets and topped them off with my faux pumpkins. It was so cozy and colorful.

realistic faux pumpkins and plaid blankets in wire egg crate

Our entry is a favorite place to decorate. A couple of years ago I added a blanket scarf, faux pumpkins, and realistic fall foliage to a vintage French basket.

realistic faux pumpkins in picnic basket

Copper accents are perfect for fall decorating and look amazing with some plaid blankets and faux pumpkins. I used my vintage copper boiler tub and it added so much patina.

realistic faux pumpkins in copper tub

I dug through my archives and found this image where I used a vintage metal olive basket to display my faux pumpkins. The old wooden crate was the perfect pedestal for it all.

faux pumpkins with plaid blanket

2. Pumpkins on a Pedestal or Cake Stand

Elevate your smaller faux pumpkins on a candle stand or pedestal. They look best when the heights are staggered and there’s an odd number of them. I used 3 wooden pillar candle holders for this look.

realistic faux pumpkins on wooden candlesticks

If you don’t have a pedestal, you can easily make them! These two were created with thrifted finds and you can see how to make them yourself here: How to Make Pedestal Stands from Thrift Store Candleholders

faux pumpkins on pedestal

A wire cloche placed over your faux pumpkins really gives them a special look. See how I put this look together here: Fall Chicken Wire Cloche Decorating Ideas

realistic faux pumpkin and chicken wire cloche

3. On a fall-themed tiered tray

Tiered trays are so much fun to decorate and it only takes a little while to style it. I created this fall tiered tray with a variety of items including a faux pumpkin, amber bottles, faux plants, and several other vintage finds.

faux pumpkins and fall decor on tiered tray

Get the tray here: 3-tier beaded edge wooden tray, and see the entire look here: Tiered Tray Styling Ideas You’ll Love

4. Leaning or Stacked

If you don’t want a lot of pumpkins, lean a couple of them up against something larger. One of my favorite fall mantels was decorated with faux pumpkins next to my glass demijohn. See more of this mantel here: Cozy Fall Home Tour

realistic faux pumpkins on fireplace hearth

Over in the entry I leaned a couple of smallish faux pumpkins up against a large rattan basket. I added fall scarves and foliage for more texture.

plaid blanket scarf and realistic faux pumpkins

Use a stack of books as a little end table and lean a few faux pumpkins up against them. You can usually find pretty old books at estate sales or thrift stores.

realistic faux pumpkins and old books

An old pitcher with dried flowers is a great thing to lean a faux pumpkin against. See how to dry hydrangeas here: The Easy Way to Dry Hydrangeas

4. In a Dough Bowl or Tray

For a simple little fall decoration, add a few faux pumpkins, pine cones, leaves, and acorns to a dough bowl. Use in on an accent table or shelf or even as a table centerpiece.

realistic faux pumpkins in wooden dough bowl

Create a fun fall table centerpiece with faux pumpkins, leaves, pine cones, wine corks, and dried fruits in a decorative metal trough. Layer it on a plaid blanket for a cozy look.

5. Added to an accent table

There’s no need to get fancy with your fall decorating. A simple little faux pumpkin and some dried wheat will give you a timeless, cozy fall look.

More Fall Decorating Ideas

Be sure to visit my archives that go all the way back to 2011 for more fall decorating ideas. Here are some reader favorites:

Do you use faux pumpkins in your fall decorating? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite way to use them!

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