Decorating for the Fall is my favorite and I have so many ideas swirling around in my head! Every time I finish one DIY, I have another one that I’m already planning to do. This DIY rusty pumpkin, using a Dollar Tree pumpkin, is one idea that came to mind and I’m excited to share it with all of you. The supplies are super inexpensive, but when we are done you won’t even know this was done on a budget.
Let’s get started making this rusty pumpkin
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Dollar Tree Orange Foam Pumpkin
5mm Aluminum Flat Wire Silver –found in our AMAZON STORE
Decoart Art – Burnt Umber & Craftsmart Orange
We are going to start off by painting our Dollar Tree pumpkin in this beautiful blue color by Dixie Bell. Antebellum blue is absolutely stunning and a very trendy color for fall. Make sure that you remove the stem from the pumpkin since we won’t be using it. Then all you have to do is paint your pumpkin. My pumpkin took 2 coats. I simply can’t stop looking at it.
Quick tip – always allow your 1st coat to dry before applying the 2nd coat
While your pumpkin is drying, you can start on what really makes this a rusty pumpkin. I had a vision of using metal and was lucky enough to find this flexible metal – I have it listed in our AMAZON STORE so it makes it easier for you to find it.
The metal is meant to be used for jewelry, but I of course had a different use for it. We are going to make these shiny pieces all rusty looking by simply using paint. Decoart Burnt Umber and Orange make the perfect combination to give that look.
After cutting 10 stipes, I then used a make up sponge to dab the paint on. There really is no method to doing this, just dab all over until you are happy with the look. Can you see the beauty coming to life?
Take your beautiful rusty stipes you created and hot glue them into the groves of the pumpkin. Bend the top of the metal into the hole of your pumpkin where the stem was – this will make it more secure. The metal stripes bend very easily.
Adding the embellishments is the finishing touch to this rusty pumpkin. I thought it would be fun to use a door knob for the stem, and some burlap leaves with ribbon for some more details. What would you use for your embellishment? The possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to display this in my home and I know more pumpkins are coming – so make sure to check in regularly!
DON’T FORGET TO PIN!!