How to Transform a Dollarstore Pumpkin in 5 Simple Steps

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Wait until you see how easy it is to transform an ugly Dollar Store pumpkin! Follow these 5 simple steps to create a super cute rustic burlap pumpkin for your fall home décor.

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You guys I have the easiest and most affordable fall craft for you today!

I’m so excited to share it with you!

You’re going to want to go to the Dollar Store today!


See…I told you…

So cute right!?!

And so easy to make!

You don’t even have to burn your fingers using a glue gun.

What Supplies Do You Need to Transform a Dollar Store Pumpkin?

  • Dollar Store Styrofoam Pumpkin
  • Burlap Garland
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Stick from your backyard

You may have some of these supplies already on hand. The only thing I purchased for this DIY project was the actual carvable styrofoam pumpkin at the Dollarstore.

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So now that you have all your supplies let’s transform this Dollarstore pumpkin!

Step 1: Remove Styrofoam Pumpkin Stem

The green pumpkin stem is easy to pull out of the carvable styrofoam pumpkin.

It’s just attached with a toothpick so go ahead and pull it out because we are going to replace it something even better later!

You will need to create a larger opening so you can use your scissors to create a bigger hole where you just removed the green stem.

Step 2: Paint Pumpkin

I decided to paint the pumpkin so that the bright orange didn’t show through the burlap because I wanted a more neutral end result.

If orange is your jam and you want a peek of that color through the open weave of the burlap then you can totally skip painting it first.

Since I was using paint that I already had in my craft supplies I added a little white to brown craft paint to create a color closer to the burlap. But this color is probably a better match if you need to buy some.

This took all of 5 minutes to cover the pumpkin with one coat of paint.

The trickest part was not getting it all over my hands. LOL

Step 3: Cut Burlap into Strips

I used this 5″ burlap garland ribbon that I already had in my craft supply stash.

Yay for another free item on the supply list!

Actually I always have this burlap on hand for various craft projects and gift wrapping.

But I especially love this burlap size as garland on my Christmas tree.

Cut 2 – 18″ lengths of the burlap garland.

Then cut those 2 strips in half lenghwise.

Now you have 4 strips of burlap.

Step 4: Wrap Pumpkin in Burlap

Layout burlap strips on table and place painted Dollarstore pumpkin in the middle.

Then pull each side of the burlap up to the middle of the pumpkin and push the end of the burlap into the larger hole you made earlier.

Repeat for each strip of the burlap until the pumpkin is covered and all the ends are pushed into the hole on top of pumpkin.

Step 5: Add Pumpkin Stem

I grabbed a small fallen tree branch from the woods behind my house and broke a piece off for the stem.

Then just firmly pushed the stick into the hole on top of the newly transformed Dollarstore burlap pumpkin.

The new stem will hold the ends of your burlap strips in place!


Where Should You Display your Transformed Dollarstore Pumpkin?

Well I’m glad you asked!

I had fun styling my new super cute DIY burlap pumpkin.

Why not sit the cute little guy on a stack of books.

Here he is the center of attention on a side table!

Or you can add your new burlap Dollarstore pumpkin to a vignette.

Giving the little guy some height by placing him on a wood riser lets him shine on a console table beside a vase of beautiful fall stems.

Do you have any other ideas of how we can transform Dollar store pumpkins?

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  • Kathy King Kathy King on Aug 29, 2021

    How did you attach the burlap to the bottom?

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  • Sunny Side Design Sunny Side Design on Aug 19, 2023

    Super Cute! Love the Texture!

  • Katen Katen on Aug 19, 2023

    If I had pumpkin like you started with I’d do something else too. I’m rather mystified why change what a pumpkin is. They come in variety of shapes, sizes and colors but not burlap. But far better than someone who made paper roses and slapped on pumpkin. Finished thing looked like diseased pumpkin. It’s harvest time. Let Mother Nature take her final bow of griwingy