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Painted Plastic Jack-O-Lantern Makeover

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Who knew that a painted plastic jack-o-lantern makeover could look this good?

Admittedly, I am overly-excited to share this post today. This is because my painted plastic jack-o-lantern makeover project cost me a grand total of 10¢. And I love how it turned out! An added bonus for you is you will find links to the other Thrifty Style Team members and their below.

Cheap and Garish

We’ve all seen these plastic pumpkin jack-o-lanterns. Typically they are used by kids going trick-or-treating. I purchased mine at the thrift store for jus ten cents.

Using wire cutters, I easily clipped the pumpkin handle for removal.

All other materials were in my craft stash.

This is how you do it

  • Use an off-white craft paint color for best results.
  • Paint 1 good coat of craft paint. Let dry completely. 
  • Paint another coat of paint, checking coverage. You don’t want any bright orange showing through.
  • After the jack-o-lantern is completely dry, begin adding flowers.
  • Flowers can be faux or real, being that the jack-o-lantern is water tight.

The craft paint covered well after two coats.

My plastic jack-o-lantern had a bit of texture which lends to an authentic look, after painting.

Again, using florals from my stash I created a casual and pretty arrangement.

When creating an arrangement, it is best to cut the stems apart for a more authentic look.

All of the florals and most of the greenery was scored at the Dollar Tree.

Does anyone know what this twisting vine thingy is called? I’ve been using it in many displays and arrangements for years. Take a look at my cozy and inviting fall porch last year.

Creamy white silk flowers look soft and pretty with the greenery.

Next week I’ll be sharing my fall mantel decor. Stay tuned!

Now, lets see what the other Thrifty Designers have created this month! Just click the links below!

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  1. Wow! So simple and SO lovely!! This looks fantastic! I love the transformation! (I’m obviously headed out to buy 10 to paint and put all around my house now, lol!) Thanks for sharing such a great idea! It’s great getting to link up with you and the others on the Thrifty Style Team! xoxo

  2. Wow, I just LOVE this update! I had no idea those pumpkin buckets had so much texture! It looks just amazing painted that creamy white! Btw, I have those tendril thingys too…no idea what they’re actually called! 😉

  3. Great transformation! I have several of these floating in my fall boxes in the basement. Now I know what I can do with them. Thanks for the idea, and the tutorial!

  4. This is such a pretty display and I never would have guessed that it started out as one of those little orange plastic pumpkins. So creative!

  5. You ladies are so talented. I love the simple look and makeover of your Halloween pumpkin. The floral styling is perfection.

  6. This doesn’t even look like the same pumpkin, you guys, that is so crazy! I love the way you layered in all the flowers. It’s all so pretty and I love how versatile it is too. Great job! Hugs, CoCo

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