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DIY Tin Mold Pumpkins: Vintage and Nostalgic Autumn Decor

Do you love adding nostalgic and vintage pieces to your decorations? I know that I do! I find myself adding more old-fashioned things to my decor to remember the times with my grandma and the simple decorations that were popular decades ago.

These vintage tin mold pumpkins are one of those nostalgic DIYs that I love making. They remind me of the tin molds that our parents and grandparents used to make Jell-O molds or mini cakes.

Tin Mold Pumpkins with black checkered ribbon atop White Wood Background

I found these mini tin molds at a thrift store, but you might find some in your kitchen cabinet tucked in the back. Or ask your family if they have tin molds they no longer want. It is a great way to preserve heirloom items.

These cut tin mold pumpkins would look great on a shelf, a table or a tiered tray. When you combine a variety of sizes and shapes they look great gathered together as a display.

Tin Mold Pumpkins on White Upside down Strawberry Crate

Be sure to see all of our easy Fall crafts for more great ideas!

DIY Vintage Tin Mold Pumpkins


  • Mini Tin Molds
  • Spray Paint ( I used a Bright Orange and a Burnt Orange)
  • Ribbon
  • Felt Scraps
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Twig or Branch
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters (optional)
Tin Mold Pumpkins Materials on white wood background


Step 1

Wash and dry the mini tin molds well. Remove any adhesives or stickers there might be on the molds.

In a well-ventilated area, or outdoors, spray the exterior of the mini tin molds with spray paint.

Tin Mold Pumpkins Step 1A

Allow to dry completely. Apply a second coat, if necessary. You can mix the colors and add variation by lightly spraying one color on top of the other, if desired.

Tin Mold Pumpkins Step 1B

Step 2

Cut a small twig or tree branch into one-inch sections with a pair of wire cutters or scissors.

Tin Mold Pumpkins Step 2

Glue the twig to the top of the mini tin molds. Hold in place until the glue dries completely.

Step 3

Cut small leaf shapes from green felt scraps.

To create dimension in the leaf, apply a dot of glue at the base of each leaf and fold in half to pinch together.

Tin Mold Pumpkins Step 3

Glue a leaf to the top of the vintage tin mold pumpkin next to the twig stem.

Step 4

Cut an eight-inch length of ribbon for each pumpkin. Tie in a bow, then glue the bow to the base of the twig stem on top of the pumpkin.

Tin Mold Pumpkins Step 4
Tin Mold Pumpkins Final process

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