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Transform Painted Dollar Tree Pumpkins into Beautiful Centerpieces

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Easily Transform Painted Dollar Tree Pumpkins into Beautiful Centerpieces.

If you have followed 2 Bees for awhile you know that we love buying seasonal decor at Dollar Tree. Items are cute, cheap and can be used in a multitude of ways. One of our favorite things to do is transform a purchase into something beautiful for our homes. Today we share how we easily transformed painted Dollar Tree pumpkins into beautiful centerpieces for fall.

Hey There

Welcome to another showcase of My Dollar Store DIY! I am especially excited because the theme is “Fall”. At Dollar Tree you have more than likely seen these bright orange styrofoam pumpkins.

Most people pass them by because they look too fake, ugly etc. By the way, we agree – they are ugly. The thing is – have your priced faux pumpkins that look authentic? Be prepared to pay upwards of $15.00 each! That’s why we love the challenge of creating something different with these Dollar Tree pumpkins. Last year we used them to make  Chinoiserie Pumpkins and Indigo Painted Book Page Pumpkins. This year we’ve created something new.

Let’s Get Started

The green stem is easily removed from the top of the pumpkin.

Oh, I also purchased silk flowers, feathers and fall berries at Dollar Tree.

This paint is another purchase from their craft aisle.

The turquoise paint is from my stash.

Each pumpkin was painted with two coats of paint.

While they were drying, I mixed one tablespoon of brown paint with 12 tablespoons of water. This created a very thin stain.

Using an old toothbrush, I dipped it into the stain and flicked flecks of brown onto the painted pumpkins.

Next, I used wire cutters to cut the faux flowers from the bouquets. Then I removed the leaves. In my personal, humble opinion I think the leaves look super shiny and fake.

This has to be the easiest floral arrangement of all time. No water necessary! Just start adding the stems by pushing them through the styrofoam. No glue or adhesive is needed.

For the turquoise pumpkin I decided to add stickers to the side of it. It looks like hand-painted calligraphy.

TaDa! Didn’t the centerpiece turn out great?

For the neutral pumpkin I added berries, feathers and a piece of eucalyptus.

So much better than the fluorescent orange color, right?


  • Adding authentic looking flowers, berries, feathers and twigs gives the appearance of a dried floral arrangement.
  • Remove shiny leaves
  • Select seasonal items
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new

In total I spent $6.00 for two pumpkin centerpiece arrangements. I have plenty of florals and paint leftover to make a few more.

Have you ever given a pumpkin a makeover? We’d love to see it!

Now…you get to see more Fall inspiration from the My Dollar Store DIY group! Enjoy!

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  1. Love what you did with these pumpkins, taking them from ugly and orange to beautiful and perfect for fall.

  2. Love these! Who would have ever guessed those dollar store pumpkins could be re-created into something so beautiful! I better hurry to my local dollar store before supplies run out!

  3. Seriously cute friends and I love that you can make them any color! Very pretty.

  4. These look so good, I know they’re going to be a hit no matter where you put them! The way you dress up dollar store pumpkins with florals and feathers never ceases to amaze. Such a fun idea! Hugs, CoCo

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