Cake Plate

3 Materials
1 Hour

No one panic, I am fully aware that it is not fall yet but does that mean I can’t at least get prepared?! It has been a very very very hot summer over here in Alabama y’all so I am ready for fall to come on! To get me in the fall mood I thought I would makeover some Dollar Tree PumpkinsI had from last year!

Dollar Tree is one of my go-to stores for seasonal decor for two reasons: 1. the price, obviously 2. I like to change up my theme each year so I have to buy things I don’t mind repainting 50 billion times. Plus they have an unlimited number of pumpkins which is exactly what you are gonna need for these fun fall decor projects!


  • Foam Pumpkins
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Construction Grade Hot Glue Sticks
  • Spray Paint
  • Wood Edge Glue Panel
Painting The Pumpkins & Panel

First, paint your edge-glued panel & pumpkins your fall themes colors! I went with white & dark glue… & then later decided on burnt orange & white 😅 Did you follow along with that saga on our Instagram?

Removing The Stems

Next, take out the small stem on each of the pumpkins. They should come off pretty easy, they are only held on by a toothpick.

Hot Glue Time

Once both stems are removed, take the hot glue gun & glue the two pumpkins together. I am a big fan of the construction grade hot glue sticks!

Attaching Pumpkins

Now its time to attach the edge glued panel to the top of the pumpkins.

Change Of Plans

I am not sure why I got all the way to this point before realizing I wasn’t happy with this color combo. Luckily it was an easy fix! All I had to do was saran wrap the white pumpkin & paint the tray top & blue pumpkin.


Thats it! Easiest pumpkin decor ever…. that is until you see my next one 😉

Let Me Know What You Think!

Which color did y’all prefer for the cake plate?

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Loretta Champagne Loretta Champagne on Aug 20, 2020

    Is the finish food grade safe?

  • Janine Janine on Aug 29, 2020

    Can you use faux pumpkins and use it year round ?

  • Char Char on Aug 06, 2021

    This is so cute, I just don't see how it doesn't tip over. It's got to be top heavy. No?


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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Aug 06, 2021

    Great idea using these pumpkins as a stand for a serving tray. I have in the past stacked three pumpkins together and made a Fall floral arrangement and this is another fun project to do. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  • Shelli Shelli on Aug 06, 2021