Rustic fall décor: DIY Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins (and announcing the Country Living winners)

These Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins are gorgeous! No one will guess that they’re totally faux and made from sheets of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. And nobody will believe that this rustic, fall décor is all DIY and didn’t cost a small fortune! You can customize these Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins and make them as big as you like, and then select the faux finish system you prefer. (What about adding a green patina?) I’ve provided a list of faux finishes below, and if you can’t find them in the store, they’re all sold online. Thank you, Kathleen George, for another beautiful fall craft!

Folk Art Pumpkins made from a sheet of Styrofoam! has the DIY.

To make Rustic, Folk Art Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12″ x 12″ x 1/2″ block
    • 36” x 12” x 1” OR 18″ x 12″ x 1″ sheet (choose the size and quantity you’ll need based on the size and number of pumpkins you’re making)
  • Faux finish in rust, or other color of your choice*
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Saw-tooth picture hanger with nails
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; metal teaspoon; 1” flat paintbrush; disposable bowls; paper towels

*Four faux finish options:

  • Kathleen used Iron Metallic Surfacer and Rust Antiquing Solution from Modern Options®.
  • Modern Masters also offers a line of faux metallic finishes.
  • The Folk Art Painted Finishes from Plaid are sold in some Michaels Stores. My local store didn’t carry the line, so I ordered Light Rust and Dark Rust online, and the shipping was fast. The paints are easy to use, and include small particles for a textured finish. By combining the two shades, you have full control over the look you’d like to achieve.
  • Folk Art Metallic Paint from Plaid in Antique Copper and Copper. I found these paints at Michaels, and experimented with them. They have a smooth, metallic sheen, which creates a less rustic and more polished look.
I can't believe this is made from Styrofoam! DIY on

Pumpkin #1.

Beautiful, and it's DIY with Styrofoam and faux finish paints. has the DIY.

Pumpkin #2

Love these folk art style, rustic pumpkins. DIY on

Pumpkin #3

DIY rustic pumpkins from a sheet of Styrofoam!

And here’s the whole pumpkin patch.

To make Rustic, Folk Art Pumpkins:

1. Determine the size of pumpkin you’d like to make. The original pumpkins measured 9-1/2”, 14” and 17-1/2” tall. Print patterns (below) and if needed, enlarge them for larger pumpkins. (Each pattern corresponds with one of the pumpkins pictured above.)

2. Cut out pumpkin patterns and pin the patterns to the foam sheets. Trace around the patterns with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Note: Cut out just the pumpkins. The leaves on the pumpkin patterns are for position only. You will cut out the leaves in Step 5.

3. Wax the serrated knife with a candle stub or paraffin. Cut out pumpkins.

4. Using the serrated knife and following the patterns, carve ¼”, v-shaped grooves in the pumpkins to create the pumpkin sections. Smooth the cut edges with the back of a metal teaspoon.

5. Pin the leaf patterns to the ½” foam sheet and trace around the patterns with a sharp pencil. Cut out the leaves with the serrated knife.

6. Use tip of spoon to press central vein line into each leaf.

7. Glue leaves to pumpkins as indicated.

8. Paint the pumpkins with a faux rust finish, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You will probably need several coats.

9. Optional: If you’d like to hang your pumpkins, add a sawtooth hanger to the back. Dip nails in glue before inserting through holes in saw-tooth hangers at center back of each pumpkin.

Folk Art Pumpkins made from a sheet of Styrofoam! has the DIY.

Do you love these as much as I do? Do you have other faux finish techniques and ideas you can share? If you know of other faux finish paints, let me know and I’ll check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!

Before I go, let me announce the winners of the Country Living giveaway! Thank you to all who entered, and to Country Living magazine for providing the fair passes and magazine subscription. The winner of the weekend passes for the Country Living Fair is Karen Valentino. The winner of the Country Living magazine subscription is Veronica. Each winner will also receive a Crafts ‘n Coffee mug, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets, and a craft apron. Please contact me, Karen and Veronica, to arrange for your prizes.

**PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is closed.**

Happy crafting!


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12 Responses to Rustic fall décor: DIY Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins (and announcing the Country Living winners)

  1. Pat says:

    I really love the different pumpkin patterns! Even though I don’t have good luck with paint, I’m going to use the patterns to make fall fabric pumpkins. I see everything from a fabric prospective!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m with you — these patterns with their distinctive shapes are really wonderful. I’d love to see how your pumpkins turn out, so please do share a photo. And I’ll have more fabric crafts this week . . . Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. CraftyB says:

    The rustic look of these is very appealing. I like the varying sizes, too. Great fall decor!!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    These pumpkins look like they are made of cast iron and heavy! I like how you show these crafts step by step and you make it look easy! Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      I know — aren’t these pumpkins amazing? I’m so glad you like them! I really do think anyone can make these. If you give them a whirl, let me know how they turn out! Sharon

  4. Lisam6 says:

    Love this idea. The rustic pumpkins are calling me. Fall is upon us here. 39* for my baby’s first day of 6th grade. 😀😂. Not sure which emoji is right. A wedding card to make then onto fun crafting.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Wow, 39? That’s a little chilly for early September! But our crazy weather is in the 90s right now, and 39 sounds kind of pleasant! I hope your daughter has a great school year! Craft on, Lisa. xo, Sharon

  5. Katiria says:

    Congrats to Karen and Veronica!!!:)
    Sharon, you’re right this does NOT look like foam. Awesome idea.

    • Sharon says:

      Aren’t they gorgeous? Using Kathleen’s patterns and tips, I really think anyone can recreate these beauties. (And if you like the look, don’t miss Friday . . . just sayin’ . . .) Happy fall crafting, Katiria. Sharon

  6. Congratulations Karen and Veronica!!! Enjoy your prizes!!!
    I cannot believe that this isn’t made out of rusty metal!!! LOVELOVELOVE it!!!!! Absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous!!! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      I know! I think these are some of the most amazing pumpkins I’ve ever seen! Kathleen is incredibly talented (and she’s also taken blacksmithing classes, so she also works in metal). I hope you’re gearing up for pumpkin season, Barb, and fall crafts galore! Craft on! Sharon

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