DIY Dollar Store Pumpkins Makeover

Even though we don’t get Fall in Southwest Florida where I live, it doesn’t mean I can’t decorate a little and pretend it is Fall.  It’s always warm here and will remain approximately 92 degrees until probably October.  Then the temps will go down into the 80’s for our Winter.  But, I’m not complaining.  I’d take this over a cold winter any day.  Anyway, I have been seeing all this cute Fall Decor all over Instagram and online and figured I needed to join in on the fun.  I headed to the Dollar Tree near my house to stock up on pumpkins that I planned to transform.  Here are all the items I purchased and other materials used in my DIY Dollar Store Pumpkins Makeover.

Materials Used DIY Dollar Store Pumpkins Makeover…

3 styrofoam pumpkins
3 mini pumpkins
2 rolls of cute ribbon
A bunch of faux Fall flowers and leaves

Other supplies used that I already had…

Spray paint
glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
corn husks (these were left over from This DIY Fall Wreath I made last Fall)
Wine Corks

How I made my DIY Dollar Store Pumpkins…

I started by spray painting them all white and wasn’t too worried about the larger ones being perfect since I knew I’d be covering them up anyway.

Lucky for me, my crafty friend Bannon was in town and was staying with us for the weekend.  We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs making these.  She is super creative and was more than willing to help, and I was more than happy to have her assistance.  I love her style.  You can check out for yourself a few of her projects, as she has been featured on my blog before (and seriously could/should have her own blog with all the cool stuff she does).  Check out her projects here, here and here.

For the Large Pumpkins…

I bought 2 rolls of fun ribbon from the Dollar Store, and had the corn husks left over from last Fall when I made this wreath.   If you decide to use the husks, they come in large strips and you will need to tear them into pieces.

First, we took out the green stem.  They just pull right out.  Second, using the glue gun,  we put a bunch of glue on the top of the pumpkin, placed a strip of material on the glue and pressed hard to make sure it stuck.  Third, we applied more glue down the side, and then a bunch of glue on the bottom of the pumpkin making sure to press them down as best we could.  Mostly importantly, we made sure you to hold the pieces in place for a few seconds each time making sure they stuck.  I used the green stem to hold down the glue in between pieces.

Once we were done, Bannon had the idea to replace the green steams with wine corks, or champagne corks instead.  GENIUS!  What a good idea!  Luckily, I have a ton of wine corks because I save them all (and even made this project with my last batch).  To apply it, I used the toothpick that came in the green stem.  I just pulled that out and stuck it into the wine cork and then into the pumpkin. Or, of course, you could just use a brand new toothpick.  Then we prettied them up with twine and raffia bows.  (Did I mention we were drinking canned Margarita’s during this process?  lol.  And notice our husband’s in the background engrossed in a football game.)

Here they are below.  Pretty cute, am I right?  For reference, we used one full roll of ribbon for each pumpkin, and about 1/2 package of corn husks (for 2 pumpkins).

For the small pumpkins…

I decided to keep the small pumpkins white but take out the stems and use wine corks for those too.  The corks were a little too tall though, so I cut them down a bit with a knife and then hot glued them to the tops.

And here they are….

DIY - Dollar Store Pumpkins

Finishing Touches…

I decided to put them all into a giant centerpiece on my dining room table.  I purchased the faux Fall flowers and leaves from the Dollar Store.  The large tray was found on the clearance shelves at Marshall’s for $10 and the table runner was found at HomeGoods for $12.99.

So, even though it is still VERY hot here, it feels a little more fall-like in my home.  What do you think?

DIY - Dollar Store Pumpkins

DIY - Dollar Store Pumpkins



  • Reply Michelle September 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    These are so cute! I’ve seen a lot of pumpkins with fabric covering them, but I love that you used ribbon. I love the way those turned out. They all look great!

    • Reply Jodi House September 5, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Thank you! So glad you like them!

  • Reply Terrie September 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I love your pumpkins on your table. My favorite is the corn husk pumpkin. Great idea.

    • Reply Jodi House September 5, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Thank you, Terrie. I like that one too.

  • Reply Emily September 6, 2019 at 9:46 am

    These pumpkins turned out so cute!! I LOVE the polka dot one! Polka dots are my favorite!! They all look so perfect on your table!

    • Reply Jodi House September 6, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily. Your post inspired me!

  • Reply Christina Woodcock September 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

    These are adorable Jodi! And so budget-friendly 🙂

    • Reply Jodi House September 6, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you! And very easy to make, too.

  • Reply Kathryn A Baker September 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    The pumpkins are wonderful. I am going to do this. I live in SW FL too. Still hot and really humid. Looking forward to cooler weather. The only thing I would do differently is leave the original stems. I like the slender stems. Your table scape is beautiful!

    • Reply Jodi House September 6, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, still plenty hot here! I look forward to cooler weather soon too. And I agree, the slender stems would work well too! I hope you give them a try.

  • Reply Cindy September 6, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    First off Jodi I’m happy you didn’t get hurt by the hurricane. I can’t imagine what it’s like I’d be a mess.

    These are cute and I love the corn husk pumpkin. Using corkers for stems was a good idea.

    A friend lives in Florida and she makes her house freezing with the air during Christmas. I laugh every year.

    Enjoy your weekend


    • Reply Jodi House September 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you, Cindy! Yes I am so glad that we weren’t touched by this hurricane. It is no fun (having went through Irma 2 years ago). Those poor Bahamian’s though. Ugh. So awful. We keep our AC year round here and keep ours at a nice 78 degrees….and that feels freezing to me sometimes. LOL. Anyway, glad you like my pumpkins. Hope you have a great weekend too.

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