How to Make Faux Caramel ‘Pumpkin’ Apples

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Make these cute (fake) faux caramel ‘pumpkin’ apples to add to your fall decor or tiered tray!

I used Dollar Tree mini foam pumpkins to make these cute decorative caramel apples. I had a bunch of them and thought they would look cute with caramel and sprinkles.

These pumpkins are about 3-inches wide by 2-inches tall. You can buy small foam pumpkins pretty much anywhere and they come in an assortment of sizes and colors. I used orange and red pumpkins. Dollar Tree also had green ones which I think would look great here but they were all out when I went back over there 🙁

I also splurged and bought faux sprinkles on Etsy. They are made of polymer clay and they’re so cute!

Fall Tiered Tray filled with faux caramel apples on the top tier, a diy hello fall cutting board sign on the bottom and white sugar and bowls on the center tier.

You can also decorate your pumpkins with faux nuts. Faux nuts are generally made from natural corn cob bedding that is used for small animals. Yup, dried and crushed corn cobs look just like chopped nuts. I couldn’t find a bag in stores near me. It would be sold in pet supply stores but you can also buy it here (on Amazon) or pick up a smaller bag sold as faux nuts here on Etsy.

Check out the video above to learn how to make faux Caramel apple pumpkins and see the full tutorial below.

DIY Faux Caramel ‘Pumpkin’ Apples – Video


Supplies used to make Faux Caramel Pumpkin Apples - sticks, Mod Podge, caramel acrylic paint, small foam pumpkins and faux sprinkles.
Supplies used to make Faux Caramel ‘Pumpkin’ Apples

How to Make Faux Caramel ‘Pumpkin’ Apples

Start by removing the stem from your mini foam pumpkins. Then push a stick into the center of the pumpkin.

Sticks from outside added to 3 foam pumpkins to make faux caramel pumpkin apples.

To make faux caramel you’ll need to mix up some caramel color acrylic paint and Mod Podge.

Mix equal parts Gloss Mod Podge and Caramel color acrylic paint. Mod Podge adds thickness as well as glue to adhere faux sprinkles or faux chopped nuts.

Just a side note, Mod Podge dries clear so it will not change the color of your paint.

When mixing, fold the caramel paint slowly into the Mod Podge. I whipped mine together and that caused a lot of bubbles. I couldn’t totally avoid bubbles but slowly mixing the paint into the Mod Podge seemed to help.

Stick added to the center of one foam pumpkin to make faux caramel pumpkin apples.
Mix one part Gloss Mod Podge with one part Caramel color acrylic paint.

Use a paintbrush and apply a generous amount for a thick ‘caramel’ look! Try to use short brush strokes and drizzle a generous amount of paint starting at the top of the pumpkin. Check out the video above to see how I applied the paint.

Don’t worry if the color drips to the bottom in spots, this should look like caramel so drips are okay.

Caramel painted onto one faux caramel pumpkin apple.
Freshly painted pumpkin.


Photo of a pile of containers, dishes and candlsticks from the flea market used to make DIY Tiered Trays.

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Add faux sprinkles or faux chopped nuts to freshly painted pumpkins before the paint sets up.

Sprinkles added to painted foam pumpkins to make faux caramel pumpkin apples.
Sprinkles added to freshly painted pumpkin.

Then let your pumpkins dry completely (about 24 hours) before displaying them.

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