Three Ways to re-decorate foam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree:
I love new and creative ways to decorate pumpkins – and I especially love it when it’s on faux pumpkins that I can use again and again each year. I also am a big fan of glitter, so I did some experimenting with making over some super bright orange Styrofoam dollar store pumpkins and transformed them into 3 different styles of Glitter Pumpkins!
I do love decorating with pumpkins around my house this time of year, but in my personal opinion, these super bright orange styrofoam pumpkins I saw at the Dollar Tree could use a makeover to give it a more sophisticated and chic look for your fall home decor.
So the first thing I did was to spray paint them with the paint color of antique white spray paint to turn them into white pumpkins.
I painted on about 3 layers of paint and had to turn the pumpkins upside down and paint in stages with some drying time in between
For the first style of glitter pumpkin I created, the craft supplies I used were orange dot stickers and orange glitter glue. I placed the orange stickers on the pumpkin in a random pattern. Then I added a thin layer of orange glitter glue on top of each sticker and spread it out with a paint brush. As I let it dry, the glitter glue did drip a bit, so I was on the lookout for drip marks to wipe up before it fully dried. The glitter glue is ultimately what held on the dots. The stickers by themselves are not sticky enough to stay on the pumpkin. You could seal the whole pumpkin when you are done with mod podge if you see any stickers to fully staying on the pumpkin.
The second glitter pumpkin I made using Dollar Tree foam pumpkins was to cover it with Loctite Spray Adhesive so that I could attach some fall colored maple tree leaves that I pulled off of the trees in my yard.
The spray adhesive gets very tacky and I used the tip of a pen rather than my finger to press the leaves down onto the pumpkin. Another tip I recommend is letting the pumpkin sit on top of a jar or cup to dry. If you let it sit on newspaper to dry, the newspaper will stick to the adhesive and leave paper marks on the pumpkin that you won’t want.
I added some extra fine glitter all over the pumpkin and outlined a few of the leaves with the orange glitter glue that I used in the orange dot pumpkin. As one final step, I covered the entire pumpkin with Rust-Oleum Clear Lacquer (or you can just use a clear coat enamel spray).
Because the spray adhesive remains a bit tacky, this pumpkin needed one final clear coat to “seal it off” and hold on any loose glitter.
My third and personal favorite of dollar store pumpkin makeover is this one where I put on Flourish Glitter Stickers all over it. I used 2 packs of stickers to cover the entire pumpkin. These stickers stick very well to the pumpkin so I didn’t feel like I needed a clear coat to seal it, but adding a layer wouldn’t hurt. I love this one the most because it is the most country chic cottage and can go well with a variety of other fall decor.
I even just loved using this as a photo prop over in this pumpkin spice lip balm post I created over at Livingwellmom.com!
These work great as an easy way to display halloween decor or fall decor. I did not cut off the styrofoam handles, but with I did and glued on a real stem from a pumpkin for a more realistic look.
Here is a hutch I have in my dining room filled with my fall decor. These painted pumpkins do not cost a lot of money, and are a creative way to to makeover dollar store foam pumpkins into something a bit more unique and not so bright. Next time you visit your local dollar store, pick up a few of these cheap Dollar Tree pumpkins for $1 each, and make for yourself this easy fall craft. You’ll be happy with the new look of each pumpkin and add a bit of farmhouse charm to your bin of fall decor or fall crafts.
I experimented placing the pumpkins in different locations along with my Candle with Burlap and Leaves and Autumn Paper Tree projects. Now I just need a cup of chai flavored hot cider and good book to enjoy this fall rainy day!
If this post gave you some fall inspiration on how to take ugly pumpkins and turn them into seasonal decor or new fall decor, let me know your creataive ideas on other ways to give these little pumpkins a makeover that is a great idea to share with everyone!