Everyone loves a good Dollar Store DIY project! So many products can be creatively transformed into pretty and budget friendly decor!
I love shopping Dollar Tree stores for seasonal decor items, gift bags, gift wrap and greeting cards!
This time I wanted to make a stacked pumpkin centerpiece using Dollar Tree store pumpkins!
Check out how cute it turned out!
Supplies needed for this stacked pumpkin centerpiece DIY:
- 3 medium sized foam pumpkins
- 1-2 fall leaf picks
- fall berries or acorns, I used artificial berry picks I had in my stash
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- off white craft paint about 1/4 of a cup
- wider paint brush to paint pumpkins
- small paint brush to paint lines on pumpkins
- about 1 tablespoon premixed spackling mix( it can be used to make DIY chalk paint or as a thickening agent for one coat paint applications because it thickens the paint)
- paint stir stick or a spoon to mix joint compound with paint
- brown craft paint
- gold craft paint
- container to use as a base for the stacked pumpkin centerpiece, you can use small terra cotta pot or any container that is smaller than diameter or the pumpkin you are using
- foam block to go inside of the pot to set pumpkin on (can be purchased at the Dollar Tree)
- cinnamon sticks for a top pumpkin stem. If you are not using cinnamon sticks use wine bottle cork or paint existing stem with brown paint.
First stack those pumpkins!
- remove stems from 2 pumpkins
- hot glue foam block inside of the container
- add hot glue to the top of foam and place first pumpkin on it
- add generous amount of hot glue to the center of the pumpkin where stem used to be
- place second pumpkin on top of first
- add glue to the center part of second pumpkin where the stem was removed
- place third pumpkin and let glue cool before painting
Now lets paint our DIY stacked pumpkin centerpiece!
To paint my pumpkin stack I used white chalk paint I had on hand and added premixed spackling compound to the paint to thicken the paint even more. Also I added beige craft paint to make that crispy white paint warmer.
Using a stir stick I mixed paint with spackling to achieve slightly lumpy mixture of the toothpaste consistency. Adding the spackling thickens the paint and gives finish better coverage.
I used only one generous coat to paint my bright orange pumpkins! I touched up couple of spots I’ve missed and let paint dry.
See images below.
Decorating the pumpkins!
I used brown craft paint to paint lines on my pumpkins. Once brown paint dried a bit I went over with gold craft paint over the brown paint. Gold added so much character!
Now it’s time to glue the stem and decorate the pumpkins!
I used old cinnamon sticks from my spice drawer to make a stem for the pumpkin. Hot glued few cinnamon sticks into the opening I carved where the third stem was.
Then I cut Dollar Tree fall leaf stems into single leave picks and glued them to the pumpkins in spots where I thought they will look good!
To add harvest touches I used faux green berry stems that I cut into smaller clusters and hot glued to the pumpkins.
To display my stacked pumpkin centerpiece I dropped the base pot into a larger clearance glass vase that I painted and that’s it!
I think my DIY stacked pumpkin centerpiece turned out so pretty! And it cost me about $5 (not including supplies I already had on hand)!
And I really hope my post inspires you to try this project! It’s a perfect project to do with kids too!
Happy Fall and have fun crafting! And please Pin it and Share it!