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Neon Pastel Pumpkin Candy Dishes

By: Lydi Out Loud
September 17, 2018

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Neon Pastel Pumpkin Candy Dishes
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I love decorating for fall but sometimes I want more color variety than the rust, orange and brown color palette that is customary with so much fall decor. Every year I pick up some styrofoam pumpkins for the dollar store and it’s always so fun every to decorate and paint them. Last year I went with muted chalky tones and this year I wanted bright and fun. That’s the great thing about dollar store pumpkins, you can “re-decorate” each year if you want different colors or themes!

I used a few of the fun colors in the Americana Neon Lights fluorescent line to turn my styrofoam dollar store pumpkins into some neon pastel pumpkin candy dishes and I LOVE them! 

Items needed:

  • Americana Neon Lights 2oz - Pink Explosion
  • Americana Neon Lights 2oz - Peach Punch
  • Americana Neon Lights 2oz - Green Energy
  • Small styrofoam or craft pumpkins
  • Serrated knife
  • Paint brush
  • Foam paint brush


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These were so easy to make, here’s how to make them along with me:

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If you’re using styrofoam pumpkins, apply a couple of coats of DecoArt MagiKote over the surface of the pumpkins to create a smoother surface.

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Using a serrated knife or craft knife, cut the tops off of the pumpkins to create a hole large enough to rest a dish inside.

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With a foam paint brush, apply 2 coats of paint onto each pumpkin as well as a coat to the inside (one coat will cover the inside just fine).

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And that’s it! Soooo easy, right?! 

What colors would you paint your neon pastel pumpkin candy dishes? Tag #decoartprojects with all of your fun pumpkin creations that you paint!

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I love the color and texture and I like the looks of the pumpkin

Teresa Webster

May 8, 2019

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