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Right around two or three weeks ago, your Instagram feed probably started blowing up with pumpkin patch shots. I can’t exactly point fingers—I posted a little cluster of minis I saw at a restaurant myself. I’m cringing a little bit now just thinking about it. But I digress. If you start exploring all those hashtags and look past the #basic images, you’ll start to notice that green pumpkins are EVERYWHERE this year—popping up while you’re pinning recipes, on lifestyle blogs, in magazines. Move over white pumpkins, 2017 is the year of sage green.
Technically, these light green grayish guys are blue—well, that’s what their official names are: Blue Jarrahdale, Blue Lakota, Blue Moon and Queensland Blue. There are a few others, too, and we can thank the Australians for the above-mentioned cuties, since that’s where most of them were first grown and popularized for their sweet flavor (as opposed to their Instaworthy color). You may also see them labeled as “heirloom” pumpkins (with other colors like light peachy-orange, super pale pink, etc.).
If you’re lucky enough to find one of these species at your local patch, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods (where we’ve heard from reputable sources they can be found), snatch a few up. A lot of stores (Amazon, Walmart, etc.) sell seeds, so you can grow your own, too. But that’s not going to help you this year (or ever if you don’t have land to plant them).
If regular orange pumpkins are all you can get, you can paint your own dusty green pumpkins using a tutorial like this one from So Much Better With Age. Start with a greenish-blue base color then add to it for variety. The biggest thing to keep in mind is the more black you add, the darker the overall tone is going to get. The more white, the lighter. Not exactly rocket science, but it’s always a good idea to tape the stem off, so you don’t get paint all over it and give away your pumpkin secret.
Here’s another DIY way courtesy Anderson + Grantto get the look, this time using a chalk paint and dry brushing technique instead. This was done on plastic pumpkins, but you could do the same thing on real ones. Dry brushing with a second color definitely captures the nuances of a pumpkin’s coloring a little bit better than just two coats of a flat shade. But both methods will work.
Once you’ve got a couple pumpkins in a few different green shades, it’s all about putting them on display. We rounded up a few ideas to borrow inspiration from and make your own:
Make like Martha Stewart and use your carving tools to turn green pumpkins into a punched lanterns for your front doorstep. They’re a nice, unexpected jack-o-lantern alternative.
If you’re into a softer look, pair green and white pumpkins together. For a pretty centerpiece like this one spotted on Molly One, get a long tray, add an assortment of green and white mini pumpkins to it and fill in the blank spaces with greenery, berries or even moss.
Or use your green pumpkin as a vase for flowers (or succulents, as did Momtastic above).
If you were wondering, yes, green pumpkins look good with gold accents or detailing. The blogger from First Home Love Life spray painted her pumpkins in a robin’s egg blue, then added a layer of embellishment to each (one gold painted spiders, one gold painted snake). Those kinds of 3D details cover up imperfections (paint running, a little bit of spotting) that might otherwise bother you. Pardon me if I’m projecting my spray paint baggage on you.
And finally, you can vignette out a fall scene with well-placed green pumpkins, a few urns or chipwood baskets and hay on your front porch a la this image from Digs Digs. Done and done.
Real or DIY, don’t be afraid to mix your green pumpkins with orange varieties either. Orange and bluish-green are pretty much complementary colors, so they pair well together. Now go make your neighbors green with (pumpkin) envy!