dollar tree pumpkin upcycle | make-overs

I haven’t used orange pumpkins in my fall decor for a few years now.
So I thought I would take some cheap-o, orange, styrofoam pumpkins from the dollar tree and give them a make-over in my favorite looks.
I started with this.
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Purdy, huh?
I did like the price tag though.
I’m not going to go through step by step tutorials since I think most of them are in blogland somewhere already.
I’m just sharing my take on them
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My first look of course had to be chalkboard.
I did use 5 coats of the chalkboard paint since the styrofoam is extremely porous.
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I gave it a simple letter for this exercise but I hope to add different looks.
I chalked a quick {M} to compliment my monogram wall.
{ you can learn more about my monogram wall here & here. }
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I added a knob I had in my stash from the Michaels $ bins and some twine as my stem motif.
Cute little guy, don’t you think?
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Next I went to the trusted spray paint, which transforms oh, so many things.
I already had this can in the garage so it was a no brainer.
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I filled my dough bowl with all my new faux white pumpkins and some natural elements.
I love how it all looks together.
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I used more of the knobs.  This time with some Spanish moss to give it a natural, rustic feel.
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The little ones just got twigs from some manzanita branches I have waiting in the backyard for another project (you know how that is…) and more Spanish moss.
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I really love how these turned out.
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My next technique was moss covered pumpkins.
Be warned it’s messy and can be dangerous; yes, I burned myself a couple times with the glue gun but I fully admit it’s my impatience.
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I love how they turned out and worth the blister & burns in my opinion.
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I simply used more of the manzanita twigs to keep it truly nature inspired.
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I love anything with moss and my eye is always drawn to it so I’m loving how these look in my over sized beverage container.
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My last upcycle technique was to simply decoupage the pumpkin with book print pages.
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The perfect compliment for my old typewriter.
I inked the edges of the book pieces and finished it off with leaf pins and ribbon from my craft stash.
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Happy Crafting
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  1. AnnMarie says:

    Great ideas for some unique pumpkins! Love them all and the best part is I can do them!!

  2. thanks for stopping by annmarie. and yes, super easy. if you have all your supplies & tools lined up it should take an hour or less to do each kind. enjoy! xo-mj

  3. Karen says:

    Thanks for that inspiration. I’m having a hard time getting started with Fall this year and you have encouraged me to get with it! Love all the different ways!

  4. Carol says:

    These are all great ideas…..I think I need a trip to the Dollar Store!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing all your cute pumpkins with us at Show and Share…luv the price tag too.

  6. that’s great to hear. that’s why i love blogland. always inspiring. would love to see what you come up with!
    xo- mj

  7. thanks for stopping by & commenting linda. i love your parties & thanks for hosting! c ya next week!
    xo- mj

  8. Debra Oliver says:

    Hi Mary Jo, lovin’ all the ways you transformed your pumpkins. Especially the moss covered ones, oh yea, my favorite! I’ll be sharing this post on Share Your Style this week. thanks for joining in!

  9. thanks so much for stopping by debra & leaving your sweet comment. i love the moss ones too & glad you liked them. i’m honored for the feature. xo- mj

  10. Jann Olson says:

    Great transformations! I especially love the white ones with the fun stems, but all are cute. I have decoupaged a tall faux pumpkin a couple years ago and found that to be fun. I love moss as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. thanks for stopping by jann! love linking up to your party every week. xo- mj

  12. Great makeover! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again at the party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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