It started with finding some orange mini pumpkins at the Dollar Tree. Of course they look a little fakey, (they cost a dollar), but decorating this early and while it's this hot, I worried that real, mini pumpkins may get moldy.
Here is the the Dollar Tree pumpkin on the left, just as I purchased it. The one on the right has been touched up. The original is just too bright orange and too shiny. I squeezed a little blob of Walnut Noyer Ceramcoat acrylic paint on a paper plate and watered it down quite a bit. I then took a half sheet of paper towel, scrunched it up and wet it a little. Then I dipped it in the watery walnut paint. I dabbed the pumpkin on and off until the paint was not too dark.
The pumpkin has a sort of mottled look like real ones that are a little green and dirty from being just picked.
This is not as easy to see by the photo, but the stem was solid green and plastic. I took yellow paint and watered it down too and dabbed and rubbed it into the stem grooves to give it a yellow and green look like the real mini pumpkins that I have here.
I had this burgundy/dark red and orange candle ring from last year and a flameless candle that I put in the painted, distressed wood box. I then added some more expensive faux apples (not Dollar Tree more like $3.95 each or more) to a cloche along with two of my touched up Dollar Tree mini pumpkins. Lastly added a few faux berries and pine cones, and a silver plate over copper, rectangular tray I found last month.
I have a burlap runner under a white cotton lace edged vintage oval runner and a vintage square linen in the box.
It was 90 here yesterday and 80 something today. It doesn't feel like fall but according to the calendar, I guess it's close enough!