Pumpkin Ornies - The Perfect Fall Home Decor

by Digby_Adams

Check out this selection of pumpkin ornie bowl fillers, dolls and hang tags. Home decor both Autumn and Halloween.

Pumpkin ornies are the perfect way to add fall touches to your home. Ornie is just a shortened form of ornament. These are really just Autumn ornaments for your home. Crafters started using ornie instead of ornament so that people wouldn't confuse them with Christmas ornaments. Not many people have Halloween trees or put Halloween ornaments on Christmas trees. Creating a new word signaled to buyers that they could use Halloween ornies very differently from traditional Christmas ornaments.

I usually see pumpkin ornies used as bowl fillers. They are often placed over fall scented potpourri.

Pumpkin ornies definitely have a primitive art vibe. While they often have faces, they aren't the faces of a Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Usually made of fabric, crafters make them with muted shades of orange and green and might even use fabric scraps to make other details. Gray is a common color accent, which gives them the feel of primitive art. 

You'll be able to find pumpkin ornies in all sizes. It's typical to use several in the same bowl. I find pumpkin ornie artisans give their creations unique faces with lots of personality. They are not as maniacal as jack-o-lanterns, but they do have a certain forlorn and lonely quality. 

Because I live near the rocky Maine coast, I often place them in bowls over small stones and broken seashells. I place small pieces of driftwood around the bowls to frame them. I'm sure you have small branches, rocks and other natural accents where you live as well.

Pumpkin Ornie Bowl Filler

Place over Potpourri or Candy

Abstract Pumpkin Ornies

Subtle Handmade Pumpkin Ornie Design
Subtle Handmade Pumpkin Ornie Design
Sophisticated Autumn Home Accents

Primitive pumpkin ornie design can be very sophisticated and almost abstract. As you can see from looking at the above design, they don't even have to be orange. A simple stem and fabric leaves anchored with a bell, let us know even the yellow and brown fabric is a pumpkin.

eBay is one of my favorite places to find a great selection of pumpkin ornies. 


Now that my husband and I have become enthusiastic owners of e-readers, we have a lot of lot more empty shelves. Pumpkin ornie shelf sitters are the perfect way to fill the space from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. I think of pumpkin ornies as fall home accents and not Halloween decorations. After the bright and busy summer season, my eyes enjoy a rest. The muted colors and folk-art designs of pumpkin ornies bring welcome visual relief. They remind me of the Autumn harvest and Thanksgiving feast. 

If you have vintage fashion jewelry with lots of golden and deep red faux gemstones, consider embellishing some of the simple pumpkin ornies that you find. If you do want to add a bit of a Halloween vibe a few days before the trick or treaters arrive attach some spider pins if you have them. 

Pumpkin Ornie Shelf Sitter

Primitive Pumpkin Ornie

Updated: 09/06/2014, Digby_Adams
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