Dollar Tree Plunger Pumpkin Tutorial

8 Materials
1 Hour

Take a look at how I made some primitive style pumpkins using an easy technique that I've shown before. I used cinnamon and clear spray and this DIY only cost me a few dollars.

I love how they turned out!

I know, it's surprising but you will need toilet plungers for this tutorial! I got mine from the Dollar Store for $2 each. You will need 2 for each pumpkin.

Other supplies you’ll need:

Artificial leaves

Spanish moss

Wooden log pieces


Clear spray paint

E 6000

Hot glue gun and sticks


Ribbon, twine & fabric

First, you will need to cut the stem of the plunger. You can use this as the pumpkin stem if you like, otherwise you can buy branches from the Dollar Tree, or just use real ones from the garden.

Once it's cut down, it should look like this. You can leave it in or take it out to add a different stem.

2 different options for your stem.

Set that piece aside for now. If you want to make a face on the pumpkin, you can cut the plunger with an exacto knife. I left mine plain but it's totally up to you.

Then, using your E6000 and hot glue gun, glue your two halves together.

Put on the E 6000 around the edge and then just put some hot glue in a few spots to hold it.

This is what it should look like once you have stuck the two halves together. Make sure you dry it in a well ventilated area.

Now, grab some clear spray paint and your cinnamon.

Spray the pumpkin all over and then shake your cinnamon on. Then do another coat of the spray to seal it.

You can repeat this technique as many times as you like until it's nice and thick.

Keep adding cinnamon and spray to cover it all over.

Once it’s dry, it's time to glue in the stem and add some embellishments.

I added some fabric tied around the stem as well as some leaves and Spanish moss.

What do you think? Comment below!

I love how it came out! It only cost $2 and I used other items I had just lying around. It smells so nice too! It looks great in my Fall coffee bar display.

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  • Hai49907024 Hai49907024 on Oct 19, 2021

    When I look at this I can see making large antique bells for Christmas out of the plungers.

  • Roxann Hogan Roxann Hogan on Oct 24, 2021

    Do you have a tutorial for the cute sunflowers that are accompanying the awesome pumpkin???

  • BambeeLyn BambeeLyn on Oct 15, 2022

    Well gollie aren’t you just a clever thing! I’ll never look at plungers the same way again, thankfully.😊

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