How to Make a Fall-Inspired DIY Hot Wheels Pumpkin Centerpiece

7 Materials
2 Hours

Who would have guessed you can create fall decor using Hot Wheels tracks from Dollar Tree? In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY pumpkin centerpiece out of kids' toys. This Hot Wheels pumpkin is an easy and inexpensive fall decor piece for the season.

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Dollar Tree Hot Wheels tracks

To start this project you will need some Dollar Tree Hot Wheels tracks and they come in packs of two. You want to get four packs of these.

Other tools and materials:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Wooden dowel
  • Base
  • Floral foam
  • Fall flowers and leaves
  • Small branch for the stem
  • Ribbon
Placing the narrow side facing up

1. Place the narrow side facing up

We want the narrower side facing up for this project.  

Arranging the tracks in a circle

2. Arrange the tracks in a circle

Start by placing them around in a circle.  

Applying hot glue to a wooden dowel

3. Glue a wooden dowel to the tracks

Next, I’m going to be taking a small wooden dowel and I'm going to put a little bit of hot glue around the bottom. 

Pushing the dowel through the track hole

I'm going to then push it through one of the holes.  

Sliding the tracks onto the dowel

4. Slide the tracks onto the dowel

Once the glue is nice and dry, I’m going to add to it. I'm going to just slide each one onto the dowel until they are all on. You'll notice that depending on what direction I want these tracks to go, I'm kind of alternating back and forth with where I place them. 

Applying more hot glue

5. Add more glue

Now that they are all in place, we are going to do another little layer of hot glue to hold them in place.  

Bending the tracks over

6. Bend and fold the tracks

Now that the glue has dried, we're going to be taking and folding the tracks over one by one. 

Arranging the bent tracks

Once you have the tracks where you want them, you may have to move these around to kind of get the shape that you're looking to get.  

Gluing the bent tracks in place

7. Glue the bent tracks in place

After they are arranged, you can put some hot glue on the top to hold them in place.  

Base for the pumpkin

8. Attach the pumpkin to a base

To give the pumpkin a little more stability, we want to attach it to a base. I have an old frame I don’t need so used some hot glue to attach the pumpkin to the frame.  

Adding a block of floral foam

9. Add floral foam to the center

Once this is all adhered to the frame, we're going to add some floral foam to the center. I sliced a little slit into the center so that it would fit around the dowel. 

Decorating inside the pumpkin with fall flowers

10. Decorate inside the pumpkin

To decorate the inside of the pumpkin, add lots of fall flowers and just stick them right into the foam.  

Adding a stem to the pumpkin

11. Add a stem

Now we're going to be adding a stem to our pumpkin. I had a small branch that worked perfectly. Hot glue should keep it in place.  

Adding a bow to the stem

12. Add a bow

To cover up the glue around the stem, make and add a big bow. I used hot glue again to hold it in place. 

Attaching leaves to the stem

Finally, add some autumn leaves to finish off the top.  

DIY Hot Wheels pumpkin centerpiece

DIY Hot Wheels pumpkin centerpiece

Here is my Hot Wheels pumpkin centerpiece. I really think it turned out great, and it was super easy to make and very inexpensive. It makes a great centerpiece or just great tablescape decor in your home for any of the fall holidays.

What do you think of this DIY Hot Wheels pumpkin centerpiece project? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY fall ideas

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