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Sep 14 2017
6 months ago
2:24 PM MDT

Easy Pumpkin Crafts With Dollar Tree Items

Sep 14, 2017 @ 2:24 PM MDT
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Love Dollar Tree crafts? 🎨 🎃

These stylish painted pumpkins are such a fun little DIY project, and are perfect for fall decorating on a budget. You can use any craft paint, but I decided to mix up some homemade chalk paint using latex paint, Plaster of Paris, and water. I chose muted color tones for a farmhouse look, plus the chalk paint coats the Styrofoam craft pumpkins with a nice smooth rustic texture, almost like plaster.


  • To save money, use leftover house paint or any smaller containers of sample paint you may already have on hand from the hardware store.
  • Stick pumpkins with wood skewers for a mess free handle while painting, and then stick the skewer in a piece of Styrofoam to dry.
  • Faux leaves and embellishments from the dollar store can also be painted along with pumpkins.

You’ll need some craft pumpkins, and the price can’t be beat on these orange Dollar Tree ones for just $1 each! Consider grabbing more than you’ll need because painting them can be addicting! 😃 Also, don’t forget to check out the paint brushes and paint sponges while you’re there, if you need some.

Chalk Painted Pumpkins

For This Craft, You’ll Need: 
  • latex paint
  • Plaster of Paris
  • water
  • paint stirrer
  • jar or paper cup
  • faux leaves or embellishments, if desired
  • glue gun/glue sticks

  • For each color desired, you’ll need to mix {1/2 cup latex paint, 2 tablespoons water, and 2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris}. Use a jar, paper cup or bowl.
  • Paint pumpkins using a paint brush or paint sponge. It may require two coats. Let dry.
  • To achieve this two toned distressed dry-brushed look (pictured above), I first painted the pumpkin a solid white color. Let it dry completely, then used a dry brush with just a tiny amount of a gray paint over some parts of the pumpkin.
  • After pumpkins are dry, attach any faux leaves or embellishments if desired. I painted leaves from Dollar Tree and then attached them using a glue gun.

These are so fun to display around your home for fall, and I love pumpkins since they can be set out for both Halloween and Thanksgiving! 

If you already own any older pumpkins that need a makeover or see any at the thrift store that can be painted, that’d be a fun project too. Of course, any craft store sells different sizes and shapes of plastic pumpkins that can be painted as well.

If you’d like to display a double tiered Styrofoam pumpkin, simply remove the stem from one, and then stack another on top using a wood skewer through both for support.

It’s fun to style them with accessories and home decor you probably already have on hand! 

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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