5 easy ways to DIY pumpkins

It’s back to school time and to me that always signifies Fall. I am not ready to go full blast into Autumn yet SO we thought we would share some fantastic ways you can create some pumpkin decor to add to your upcoming Fall festivities and decorations.  

These have been created through the years, and they are pulled out year after year. They are very much loved and cherished and add a personal touch to our Fall decor. They are all pretty easy techniques, beginning with inexpensive pumpkins so you’re not spending loads of time or money on complicated projects.  Have fun and make them your own!


Paint is an easy technique to spruce up any project from rooms, to furniture to smaller DIYs like these.  Various sized pumpkins were spray painted in white and Spanish moss, twigs and drawer pulls were used as stems and accents.  The stem materials were adhered using a hot glue gun once the paint had fully dried.  My rule of thumb is to let paint projects dry overnight, outside.

dollar tree pumpkins upcycle | make-overs

More detailed instructions are on the original post if you follow the link above or here {dollar tree pumpkins upcycle | make-overs}. Mixed with some pine cones and fresh hydrangeas from our garden, it makes for a fabulous, fresh vignette.


dollar tree pumpkins upcycle | make-overs

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you are all too aware that I like all things moss. So covering some pumpkin forms with sheet moss was a no brainer around here. I have a feeling many of you like moss as much as I do.

Once again you can find all the detailed instructions on the original post if you follow the link above or here {dollar tree pumpkins upcycle | make-overs}. It’s fun to start creating some faux pumpkins while we wait for the real ones to start popping up.


german glass glitter pumpkins {pottery barn knock off}

Glitter is a great way to add a little bit of bling to your decor. Although I am a rustic gal at heart most of the time, German glass glitter gets.me.every.single.time. These glitter pumpkins were actually inspired by some Pottery Barn pumpkins a few years back.

The great thing about all these pumpkins is that they mix and match well and play nice together.


dollar tree pumpkins upcycle |makeovers

I used book print pages on this pumpkin but you could use decoupage medium with any pretty paper you like. Colorful paper napkins or scrapbook book paper or wrapping paper are also great alternatives for decoupage projects. Just make sure the weight of the paper you choose is not too heavy, otherwise it can be cumbersome to work with.

As finishing touches I used ribbons and leaf pins I had in my craft stash as the stem, which add great texture and detail. Remember there are more detailed instructions on the original post.   


dollar tree pumpkins upcylce | make-overs

Chalkboard paint is always a great way to personalize a craft project. Simply apply a few coats of chalkboard paint, letting it fully dry between coats and Viola!

I added a drawer pull again for the stem and some twine for an added detail. The funnest part is that you can use your chalkboard pumpkin from early fall, through Halloween all the way to Thanksgiving with different sentiments.

I hope this puts you in an Autumnal state of mind. I know some of you are already there but others might need some inspiration. It’s still too hot in northern California to really embrace Fall yet. Are you already celebrating Fall or are you holding on to Summer?


  1. I am wishing for fall and after creating a first fall post this week (changed up our mantel), I am feeling ready to write for fall! Happy to feature your post at this week’s Share Your Style, too!

    Happy crafting! Love the sparkle pumpkins with the German glitter… sigh!!!
    Barb 🙂

    1. Hi Barb! I know- German Glass Glitter 🤩. Love it on everything! I’m getting ready to decorate my mantel for early Fall soon too. I love how yours looks. 💛. Thanks for stopping by- I truly appreciate it. XO- MJ

  2. Pumpkin season is upon us and these are great ideas. Featuring when my party opens up tonight.

  3. Love these DIY pumpkin ideas MaryJo.
    Thank you for sharing your 5 easy ways to DIY pumpkins at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this project at tonight’s party and pinning too.

  4. These are such great ideas, MaryJo. I particularly like the white pumpkins. They are hard to find over here in the UK and so expensive! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party which goes live on Sunday this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care and I hope you are having a lovely Labour Day weekend.

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