4 Creative Ways to Transform Dollar Tree Pumpkins

Learn how to transform Dollar Tree pumpkins into works of art using four fun methods.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love when the weather starts to turn cooler and the days get shorter.

It’s still August, but I already have pumpkins on the brain. I know it’s 100 degrees outside, but I can’t wait any longer to get the pumpkins out!

For those who know me well, you know I LOVE pumpkins. I love taking the grandkids to the pumpkin patch, and I have been known to fill the back of our truck with fresh pumpkins.

Pumpkins are everywhere in the fall, and everyone is looking for creative ways to use them. If you’re looking for a DIY craft project that is both easy and impressive, transforming a Dollar Tree pumpkin into Cinderella’s coach is a perfect idea. You can create beautiful pumpkins that amaze your friends and family with just a few simple steps.

Let’s Talk about Dollar Tree Pumpkins

Dollar Tree Pumpkins

I use several different methods for transforming pumpkins, but they all start with your basic foam pumpkin from the Dollar Tree or any faux pumpkin of your choice. You can also find burlap pumpkins which are fun to work with.

Burlap pumpkins from the dollar tree

The Dollar Tree pumpkins are typically small, so if you want a larger pumpkin, you can go to Target, Michaels, or shop online.

I changed out the stem on all three of these pumpkins, painted two of them, and added a few leaves with some moss.

First Steps to Transforming Dollar Tree Pumpkins

Start with removing the stem of the pumpkin. They are typically very fake looking.

You will need a wooden skewer to poke into the pumpkin to work efficiently and allow the pumpkin to dry.

In addition, you will need a block or cone of Styrofoam to poke the skewer into it to allow the pumpkins to dry.

I love collecting fresh pumpkin stems and using them on my fake pumpkins. You can find them at pumpkin patches, in bins at the grocery store (be careful you don’t fall in), and by removing them from your fresh pumpkins at the end of the season. Let them air dry for a few weeks, and they will be ready to use on your crafting projects.

If you are struggling to find pumpkin stems, you can order them here.

Transform a Faux Pumpkin Using Paint and Wax

I used chalk paint on these two white pumpkins. Paint one coat at a time until you reach the desired color. Be sure to allow each coat to dry well before applying the second coat.

Next, I waxed the pumpkins using Annie Sloan’s clear and dark wax. Put a clear coat of wax on first. Then, while that is still wet, mix a little bit of the dark wax on your brush with a little transparent and antique the pumpkin.

You can even paint the Dollar Tree burlap pumpkins.

Allow this to dry for a day, and then hot glue your stem. You can add some pretty leaves or moss around the pumpkin’s stem if you like.

Faux Pumpkin with a real pumpkin
How to transform a faux pumpkin to look more realistic

Transform a Dollar Tree Pumpkin using Concrete and Flour

For this transformation, I used Henry’s Feather Finish.

Mix a small amount of Henry’s featherweight in a disposable cup with a bit of water. Once you mix the concrete, you will have about 20-30 minutes to work with it.

Paint your pumpkin with a disposable brush.

While the pumpkin is still wet, sprinkle some flour around the top where you will place the stem.

Allow this to dry for a minimum of one hour.

Hot glue your stem on and add Spanish moss or leaves for decoration.

This look is beautiful with dried hydrangeas.

How to make cement pumpkins with flour
Cement pumpkin arrangement

Create a Rusty Pumpkin with Cinnamon

We all know you can spice up your favorite recipes with cinnamon and fill the house with the holiday scent, but this little gem is also a great way to make something new look old. So, let’s make those new Dollar Tree pumpkins look like they have been around for years.

Gather a couple of colors of acrylic paint (I used black and a rusty brown) and one jar of cinnamon.

Supplies to paint a Dollar Tree pumpkin
Supplies needed to transform a Dollar Tree Pumpkin
How to transform a Dollar Tree Pumpkin
Painting a dollar tree pumpkin black

Paint your pumpkin using black paint first.

While the pumpkin is still wet, give it a coat of brown over the black.

Now, sprinkle the cinnamon over the pumpkin. You can do this over the entire pumpkin or just in certain spots. That is up to you.

How to Make your Pumpkin Rusty

How to transform a dollar tre pumkin with paint and cinnamon
Cinnamon sprinkled on painted pumpkin
Cinnamon painted pumpkin
How to transform a Dollar Tree Pumpkin

Use your brush to tap at the cinnamon and distress the pumpkin a bit.

Let the pumpkin dry overnight. Give it a coat or two of a clear matte acrylic spray.

Hot glue your stem on and add leaves or moss if you like.

Bonus: Your pumpkin will not only look amazing, but it will also smell yummy!

Dollar tree pumpkin transformed

Give Dollar Tree Pumpkins Great Texture and Character using Baking Soda

Baking Soda paint mix to transform a Dollar Tree pumpkin
baking soda paint mix
Chalk Paint mixed with Baking Soda
Baking Soda Paint

Place a small amount of acrylic or chalk paint into a paper cup.

Sprinkle in baking soda until you reach a semi-pasty consistency.

Paint your pumpkin with a cheap chip brush. I like to use a brush that will leave brush marks, so the cheaper, the better.

Baking soda formula on Dollar Tree Pumpkin
How to transform a Dollar Tree pumpkin

Allow this to try for a few hours.

Using Annie Sloan’s clear wax, give the entire pumpkin a coating.

Next, mix a tiny bit of dark wax with the clear wax and rub it onto the pumpkin while the clear wax is still wet.

Wipe off the excess.

Pumpkin arrangement in Olive Bucket
Plastic Realistic looking Pumpkin in Olive Basket

Well, there you have it, four different ways to transform Dollar Tree pumpkins into beautiful works of art! I hope you try one of these transformations or all of them. I can’t wait to see what you create! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more inspiration and DIY tutorials.

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  1. I would not have thought to put cinnamon on the pumpkins like you did here. The texture is perfect Wendy, and I really like the coloring. I am not always a fan of bright orange, so the cinnamon is perfect! I want to try the concrete and flour project, I have a pumpkin I need to do a little surgery on… you gave me so many ideas to try. Thank you! By the way, I am with you, I love fall most of all!

    1. The cinnamon is so easy! you will love the concrete and flour too. Just have to work fast as it dries quickly. I also love the baking soda mixed with the
      paint, it gives such a great texture.

  2. Such wonderful ideas, and they all look beautiful! I do love pumpkins, and you’ve shown us how to make some gorgeous ones from humble materials.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thank you so much Richelle. I am so honored to be featured on your link party.

    1. Hi Susan, what a lovely blog post you write. Thank you so much for the feature. I tried to comment on your post, but was not able to. I will try again later today. Have a blessed day.

  3. Such creative ideas, Wendy! I love the idea of the cinnamon pumpkin! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Lynne. The Cinnamon pumpkin is one of my favorites too. I just did cinnamon chargers that came out fabulous, I will share soon.

  4. Wendy, these ideas are all making me want to run out to the Dollar Store immediately Great crafty ways to celebrate!

    1. Thank you Maria, they are so easy and a fun way to transform ordinary pumpkins. Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate you.

  5. Love this post filled with so many fabulous ideas, Wendy! Dollar store pumpkins have saved so much time and money over the years. I can’t wait to try these ideas. Hope you have the best week, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, CoCo, I hope you have fun creating some new pumpkins this year. One can never have to many pumpkins in my book.

  6. So many good ideas, Wendy! I love the real stems! I definitely need to try that.

    1. Thank you Kim, if you ever need a few, I know a gal who has way more then she will ever need, just saying!

  7. I just love all your amazing ideas to transform pumpkins, Wendy. This is also my fave time of year and my brain is on overdrive! I’m sharing this post on All About Home tomorrow evening, and thanks so much for coming by and joining in on the party. We appreciate you being there!

    1. Hi Debra, thank you so much. I just adore pumpkins and love to challenge myself to make them beautiful. Thank you for sharing your post tomorrow. I will look forward to reading your beautiful blog.

  8. Wendy,
    These are such cute ideas. You have the best ideas. I’ll share a link on Sunday.

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel, you are so sweet. I just love fall and all of the wonderful things you can create.

  9. So many great ideas! I can’t wait to try a cinnamon pumpkin!

    1. Thank you, Missy, I love the cinnamon. I am also doing pumpkin buckets with the cinnamon. It gives a really great texture and smells so good.

  10. Wendy I love all of your pumpkin ideas! They all look so good!

    1. Thank you, Susan! Fall will be here before we know it.

  11. Pretty amazing pumpkin transformations, Wendy. Saving real stems is a great idea. Love all of these and you’ve got me in the mood for fall! xo

    1. I am so glad to hear that, my friend! Save those stems :)))

    1. Thank you so much Meagan. They are so fun to make and change up the look of an inexpensive pumpkin so easily. I appreciate you stopping by.

  12. Wow!!! I’ve never seen many of these techniques used on faux pumpkins before! I LOVE the cinnamon one…how cool is that?! I will try some of these….thanks so much for the inspo!

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, I too love them as they keep year after year. Let me know if you try any of them, I would love to see what you create.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    1. Thank you Jennifer. I am always looking for a great way to transform pumpkins. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

  13. Love these. I save my pumpkin stems too.

    I used mine when I painted plastic pumpkins with chalk paint. They look like Heirloom pumpkins.

    Cinnamon and spices work for many crafts.

    1. Thank you, Cindy. The natural stems sure make a big difference, don’t they? I love the cinnamon, too, it adds such character to the pumpkins.

    1. Thank you, Debra, baking soda really is a fun and easy technique. You will love it. Thanks for stopping by.

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