Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

Hey there, hope you had a great weekend! I shared two very long posts last week (here and here) and promised short and sweet this week, so I’m here to deliver with this quick and easy thrift/Dollar store pumpkin DIY.

A quick, easy and inexpensive DIY using a dollar store pumpkin and pretty plaid tissue paper.

Nothing says fall to me more than plaid, well…pumpkins say fall but so does plaid. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I had this cute plaid tissue paper and really wanted to do something with it for fall, without spending a lot of time or money on it, so I picked up a few pumpkins at the Dollar Store and gathered my craft supplies.

An easy DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and pretty plaid tissue paper.

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  • craft store pumpkins (I used a couple from the dollar store and a few plastic ones that I found at a thrift store)
  • Mod Podge (affiliate link)
  • craft brush
  • scissors
  • tissue paper
  • hot glue gun (affiliate link)
  • something for the stem (I used dried pumpkin stems that I had in my craft supplies)

The first thing I did was remove the stem from each pumpkin. You can reuse the stems but I wanted to make my pumpkins look a little more “real”. Because plaid pumpkins are real pumpkins too. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Then I just cut the tissue paper into strips.


After a little trial and error, I found that if I cut the strips a little wider at the bottom and tapered at the top, they looked better on the pumpkin. Don’t get hung up on exact sizes though, this is supposed to be fun and easy.

I cut a lot of strips at once so that I could just go to town applying them without stopping to cut more.

A fun and easy DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and plaid tissue paper.

I coated a small section of the pumpkin with Mod Podge, added a strip of tissue paper, and layered a coat of Mod Podge on the paper. It was that quick and easy.

Remember, we’re doing easy with this project so I didn’t worry about lining up the pattern, I just stuck pieces on as I picked them up.

A fun and easy DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and plaid tissue paper.

Once the whole pumpkin was covered, I let it dry.

This is too easy, I know. I hope I’m not losing you.

Maybe we should talk about the weather (it’s still hot here) or the fact that I have to go to the dentist this week (not my favorite thing to do).


Nah, we won’t get into any of that. Let’s just stick to our plaid pumpkins.

A cheap and easy DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and plaid tissue paper.

After it was dry, I added the dried pumpkin stem. A bit of hot glue and it was looking like a pumpkin again.

Each pumpkin took about 20 minutes to make, plus drying time. The cool thing about this is that you can do whatever color or style you want. Plus it’s super cheap, especially if you can pick up a couple of old, ugly pumpkins from the thrift store.

A cheap and easy DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and plaid tissue paper.

I thought the blue would be my favorite but I’m partial to the orange plaid.

A quick and easy DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and pretty plaid tissue paper.

Love how they turned out. I mean…they’re plaid. How can you go wrong…right?

A fun and easy DIY using a dollar store pumpkin and pretty plaid tissue paper.

Are you working on any fall projects right now?

A fun and easy DIY using dollar store pumpkins and pretty plaid tissue paper.

An easy and inexpensive DIY using a Dollar Store pumpkin and pretty plaid tissue paper.

Ok ya’ll, I kept my promise…a short one today. Phew, it was a tough one for this long winded gal but a promise is a promise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you have an awesome week!

You can see them in my fall home tour, here, and my fall front porch, here.

Here’s another easy fall DIY that I made for our front door when we lived in Illinois.

An easy fall DIY front door basket.

DIY Fall Front Door Basket


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  1. Margaret
    Monday,September 19, 2016 / 7:58 am

    Now, this project is right up my alley! Love it and I’m with you . . . plaid = Fall!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 1:12 am

      Thanks! So glad you liked it Margaret!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Colette
    Monday,September 19, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Too Cute!!! I am thinking about John Deere plaid. I think that would be fun.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 1:47 am

      Thanks Colette. John Deere plaid would be awesome!!! Let me know if you are able to do that, I’d love to see them.

  3. Monday,September 19, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Cute idea! I love plaids and the mix of oranges and blues is perfection.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 1:49 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I always seem to gravitate toward plaid this time of year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Debbie H
    Monday,September 19, 2016 / 11:07 am

    How cute. I might be able to actually do this one. Where did you get the printed tissue paper?
    My favorite is the orange as well. Just reminds me of my uncles hunting jacket from when I was a child.
    Have a great week, Debbie

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 1:52 am

      You are very crafty Debbie, these would be no problem for you. I got the tissue paper online, by googling “plaid tissue paper”.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have an awesome week.

  5. Monday,September 19, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Really a great idea! Looks so beautiful and simple to do. thanks for the inspiration.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 3:45 am

      Thanks!!! It was a really simple project and I’m thrilled with the way they turned out.

  6. Monday,September 19, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Ahhh! I love plaid! Any color plaid, ha! Used to have a fabulous purple plaid long sleeve button-up shirt (and even like the soft cotton-y material that all plaid should be made of!) and it was fantastic! As are your pumpkins! We don’t really decorate for Fall or Thanksgiving or whatever, but I may just have to with some of these! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 2:04 am

      There’s just something about plaid, right? I totally agree with you on plaid shirts…they should be flannel and all kinds of soft and cozy.

      Hope you have a great week!!!

  7. Cool Grammaw
    Monday,September 19, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I’m new here and this is my first post. Wow, I had forgotten how much I love plaid! When you said plaid pumpkins, I had my doubts, but they are soooo cute! And I can’t believe somebody saved dried pumpkin stems, although I might have done something like that – LOL! Hubby and I retired and have moved into a really teensy house and I have zero room for crafting so I got rid of EVERYthing crafty, but I have already picked up a few thrift baskets and a glue gun, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying a thing or two, at least – regardless of the fact that I’m totally untalented! Your page is so full of beautiful ideas, I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 3:10 am

      Hello, so glad you found us! I wasn’t sure how my pumpkins would turn out but I really loved the result. I’m glad that you liked them too.

      I totally understand about no room in a small house. We just moved into our small cottage and I don’t have a lot of room for craft supplies or crafting, so I need to be choosy with what I hang onto. It’s great to hear that you want to start crafting again.

      Thanks for stopping in and saying hello. I hope you come back to visit.

  8. Monday,September 19, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the plaid and the fact that it’s easy to do…a bonus!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 20, 2016 / 2:05 am

      Thanks Kim! Easy crafting is the only way to go. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Thursday,September 22, 2016 / 11:33 am

    You can never have too much plaid or Modge Podge! Love the dried stems also, the ones that come with the pumpkins aren’t the best.

    • Kristi
      Friday,September 23, 2016 / 5:58 am

      I agree Sandra, there’s no such thing as too much plaid or Mod Podge. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping in to check out my pumpkins.

  10. Sunday,September 25, 2016 / 10:18 am

    love this! can’t decide which color I like best as they are both perfect! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 27, 2016 / 5:38 am

      Thanks so much, Sara. I love how they turned out!

  11. JaneEllen
    Monday,September 26, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Your pumpkins are some of very best have seen done, even the fancy velvet ones. Love both plaids but orange one is my favorite too.
    Seems like can’t have enuf pumpkins and other Fall decorations, love colors of Fall and all the cozy decorations everybody comes up with. I see so many want to make but have just so much room to put them in our small house. Plus hubs gets fussy when I do too much, have to agree with him.
    Love making things, decorating with them but afterwards not crazy about packing it all up.
    But – just have to make at least 2 or 3 plaid pumpkins, where did you get your tissue paper? When we went to $tree last week they were out of pumpkins, seems people shopped for them earlier this year and I can’t remember what I did with previous years $tree pumpkins, doggone it. Can hardly wait to get paid on Wed. so can go shopping for some pumpkins, hope grocery store has some little white ones.
    Have wonderful week

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 27, 2016 / 5:45 am

      Awwww, thanks so much for your sweet comment, JaneEllen. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but I’m loving them and they were so easy to do. Fall decorating can definitely get out of hand, I agree with you. We have a small house too, so I have to be careful with how much I make and what I bring home. I like to use a lot of natural elements for fall so it usually turns out ok.

      I bought my plaid tissue paper online from Acorn Spring Ranch Hope that helps and I hope that you’re able to make a couple for your home.

      Have a great week!

  12. Tuesday,September 27, 2016 / 11:44 am

    What a super cute idea! I love the plaid pumpkins!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 28, 2016 / 4:41 am

      Thanks Mary! It was such an easy project to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Thursday,September 29, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    I was looking for ideas for decorating a tiered tray when I came across your blog. Your tray looks beautiful! I found mine from a site called The Painted Fox and now I’ve got pumpkins and things in it. It’s so versatile for holidays.
    I love your plaid pumpkins also!
    Happy Fall!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,October 1, 2016 / 4:04 am

      Thanks so much, Kathy! Love my tray too. You are so right, it’s very versatile. Hope you have a great weekend.

  14. Saturday,October 1, 2016 / 9:31 am

    What a fun way to dress up those dollar store pumpkins. I have the same ones and I’m still trying to decide how I want to decorate them. Thanks for a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Pinning.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,October 1, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Beverly, I love how my pumpkins turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Julia
    Wednesday,October 26, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Where is the grey tower from? Its adorable and so are the pumpkinds

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