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Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover

You know I love a good DIY project. So when I came across this easy and inexpensive pumpkin project I knew I had to give it a try myself. These pumpkins are the perfect addition to your fall decor and are also a great conversation piece. I can’t even keep track of the number of complements I have received since I finished these!

You just need a few supplies; most of which you probably have at home, and a bit of patience to make these perfect, upcycled Dollar Store pumpkins yourself for less than $20!


  1. Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkins – they are literally $1 each; I bought 10 but wish I had bought more!
  2. Chalk Paint – I grabbed a white and a dusty blue from Hobby Lobby using 40% off coupons.
  3. Sticks – This is a great activity for your kids; send them out into the yard to collect some sticks for you!
  4. Glitter – I purchases a beautiful rose gold glitter again from Hobby Lobby.
  5. Glue Gun
  6. Hot Glue Sticks
  7. Elmer’s Glue
  8. Box Cutter
  9. Paint Brushed
  10. Cardboard/Paper – For keeping your area clean and collecting glitter.



Remove the stems from your pumpkins by carefully prying/pulling it out. It is connected by toothpick-like stick. If you aren’t able to pull it out, you can try cutting it off with your box cutter.


Paint your pumpkins! Because of the bright orange color and the foam material, this took me several coats (three I think). I also first painted the tops, let it dry for a couple of hours, then flipped them and painted the bottoms. I repeated this process for each coat.


Break or cut your twigs into stem-sized pieces.


Using hot glue, secure the stick stems to the top of your painted pumpkins.


Paint the areas on your pumpkin that you want to cover with glitter using a small paint brush and Elmer’s Glue.


While holding the pumpkin over some paper, cover the glued area with glitter.


Shake the excess glitter off onto the paper. Fold the paper and dump the extra glitter back into the glitter bottle (I hate to waste glitter!)


Allow the pumpkins to completely dry over night.


And, you’re done! Setup your pumpkins around your home. I put mine in this cute, galvanized bucket and I absolutely LOVE it.

Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for more easy, DIY decor projects!

Happy Fall!!

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