Upholstery Nail Pumpkins


Have you all started decorating for Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving already?  I thought we were already in the month of October for some reason.

My girlfriend Melissa who recently bought a new home this past spring was telling me about her decorating adventures – and how she recently filled an entire shopping cart full of orange and white pumpkins at Michaels.  White pumpkins!!  I knew I had to pick some of my own up.  They were 50% off!

So I headed in and filled a basket full of three white ones and a little black one, for Halloween.  Spent a total of $37 on these four beauties. Prices range from $5-$15 depending on size.


I am one of those crafty weirdos who have their own Michaels store at home.  I had a ton of upholstery nails (antique brasspewterdecorative) already on hand from a former project.  I had a duck cloth bulletin board project in mind for Mr. Wonderful’s office and later decided to go with a different nailhead color.  I knew these would be used one day.


After a few inspirations online, these are the designs I came up with – and you don’t need a hammer.  They easily push in and if you mess up, just take it out and move it.  You could also use thumbtacks too.


A little masquerade mask – Mr. Wonderful said it looked like lips.  Please tell me you all knew what I was trying to do or else I’m getting a new one and starting over.  This one is for Halloween, after the holiday I can put it away and leave the white ones out.

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Because everyone loves their own monogram.  The design on the far right is supposed to be a leaf pattern.  I’m hoping you knew that but just incase my upholstery job was bad, figured I’d tell you.


I may have overdone it.  I do nothing in moderation.  Haystacks and crows from Pottery Barn several years ago.

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Did we get new plants?  Why yes we did, thanks for asking!  A few irises in the back and vines.


The only thing I’d do differently is find some pumpkin stems so I can saw off the fake ones and hot glue the real ones on.  So this means we’ll need to buy some pumpkins just for this purpose.  Which then means I should probably find some pumpkin something recipes so I don’t spend $5 per stem.  Any good ones out there?

The weather is cooling down and everyone in Arizona is elated.  You’ll now see happy posts and big smiley pictures of me soon.

Equipment used: Sony NEX-5R (c/o), 50mm f1/.816mm f/2.8 + 18-55mm (c/o).

Diana Elizabeth wanted you to know that this project took only 30 minutes, so easy.  She is on the hunt for cheap pumpkins to use them only for their stems now.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Lydia

    Maybe just try adding a few more nails to the bottom outside corners to flare it out a little bit more like a butterfly shaped mask?

  • Sherly

    I got pumpkins from Michael’s too! Then I went to Target, and they were cheaper there even after the 50% off. Boo! Love how creative you are!

  • Shivani Cotter

    I love these! What a great idea! They came out beautiful!

  • Krystal

    Diana you are adorable! Those pumpkins are awesome and you didn’t overdo decorations…my favorite thing are those amazing crows!!!!

    Secret: I decorated for Fall in my house the last day or two of August. I’m a weirdo but I love it! And oh, thank heavens Hubby does too. You see, we decorate for Fall usually the first of Sept. Then the day after Halloween, Christmas joy gets put up! (You know me…I don’t skip T-day, but it just shares Christmas decor because I cannot stand the thought of Christmas stuff out for a measely little month!)

  • Quynh

    But still beautiful.;) what a great idea. so glad I stumble upon your website it made me happy reading your post.

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Haha, well, I suppose I can turn it around and start again! It was worth a shot :) I appreciate the feedback! Maybe if I added a thicker string around the back… we’ll see! :) I’m happy you were here!

  • Quynh

    I thought that was a lip also. Sorry.:(


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