Funkins Artificial Pumpkins

Reported by Dana Vitek

I needed a quick and easy Autumn-esque centerpiece for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. The last thing I wanted was a rotting pumpkin on my mother-in-law’s table, so to get the look without the mess, I went with the Funkin Artificial Pumpkin. I picked this one up at JoAnn’s, and according to the Funkin’s website, they’re also available at Hobby Lobby and A.C. Moore , as well as directly through their website.

The Funkin is a hollow rigid-foam piece, just like a real pumpkin without all the pumpkin guts. I hate pumpkin guts. Sorry. It’s just not my thing. You know what my thing is? Flowers. Here’s what I did with mine:

I cut off the top (this will only hurt for a second…)

Look ma, no guts…

See that green globby thing? That’s floral clay, which I used to stick a clear plastic cup to the inside of the Funkin:

I used the clay again to stick this Oasis Anchor Pin into the cup.

I did all of this because I had to travel with the arrangement… if you’re just putting it on your table, you can just stick the plastic cup in the Funkin, it should stay just fine.

After I stuck a block of soaked Oasis Floral Foam into the cup (which for some reason I didn’t take a picture of…ergh), I arranged my flowers in a beautimous fashion…

and here it is… in my studio:

and at my mother-in-law’s:

I like the Funkin because, honestly, it looked pretty real from a few feet away. There isn’t an obvious mold-mark down the sides like some of the other artificial pumpkins I’ve seen. This would be a great choice for those of you who want to decorate in advance, and don’t want to worry about the bugs, squirrels, rotting, and otherwise general nastiness associated with the real deal.

The Funkins website has a whole list of ideas, and, oh goodie… another blog to add to my list: Funkins Blog. They also have a links page, and it looks like Martha herself used the Funkin on her show. Hi Martha!

A word of warning though… no real flames! According to the Funkins FAQ, the low–density polyurethane foam could burn and give off harmful fumes. Luckily, there are a ton of battery-powered tea-lights (like this one) on the market now… something to think about for your real pumpkins too, I might add.


  • No mess
  • No rotting
  • You can carve an intricate work of art, and actually KEEP IT for years to come


  • Well, it’s not real, and I’m sure the pumpkin purists out there are disgusted with me
  • Flammable, and potentially toxic if burned
  • Kids will miss out on the pumpkin gutting process. Blech.

The price of the Funkin Artificial Pumpkin varies depending on the size, from $3.50 on up to, yikes… $87.99. You can get a good deal on them now, and I’ll bet an even better deal on November 1st.

Have you used the Funkin for your Halloween decor, or do you like to get your hands (and kitchen, and porch) messy with the real thing? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science.

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6 Responses to Funkins Artificial Pumpkins

  1. Jennifer Priest October 21, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Very pretty!! I love that it looks like a real pumpkin too.

  2. Sarah Moore October 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    I am totally buying a Funkin today… gonna make me a Barack-o-lantern.

  3. Alex S. October 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    I saw some funkins at Micheal’s for 60% off today! Check it out!

    Great idea! I’ll be checking out their website!

  4. Kristine October 23, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    I totally love this idea! It’s definately going on my shopping list!

  5. scoopy (Emily) October 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    I tried a Funkin last year with high hopes. It worked but I definitely prefer real pumpkins even though they don’t last long. I hated all the little tiny “bits” of Funkin dust that got everywhere when I cut into it.

  6. Mary November 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    I just discovered your blog. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and especially for sharing all the links. The dining room table is so pretty. I am going to try this for Thanksgiving. Much appreciated.