It’s officially Fall and feels like it again in Michigan after a few hot days somehow got thrown into the mix but to start it off I decided to turn a Dollar Store pumpkin into the perfect Farmhouse Boo with a realistic stem. I know you’ve all seen those horrible, bright orange Styrofoam pumpkins lining the shelves at the Dollar store well don’t overlook them you’ll want to throw a few into your cart and make these clever chalk paint pumpkins to add to your decor.
I hadn’t planned on purchasing anything new for the season but how could I go wrong by spending $1? I had everything else to do the project so why not have a little fun, it’s about all that I’ve had time for with all the outside construction going on. I’d rather be outside working than cooped up indoors anyway, but this little craft was a welcomed project that got my mind off that huge to do list that must get done before winter’s here. If you scroll to the bottom I’ve included a material list and a step by step photo tutorial on how to make the pumpkins and stems.
- Dollar store pumpkin
- Xacto knife
- Modg Podge
- Hot glue gun
- Chalk paint
- Remove the green stem from the pumpkin, I found using an Xacto Knife worked best.
- Paint pumpkin with chalk paint or use the spray variety.
- Cut approximately 25 strands of twine 7″ in length twine (this may change depending on the size of the cork your using).
- Hot glue the strands of twine around the cork until completely full.
- Place in bowl and cover with Mode Podge and thoroughly coat (working it in with your hands).
- Twist twine and shape into a stem. Let dry overnight.
- Hot glue stem where the green stem once was. (I found it’s almost impossible to glue the twine to the original green stem without having glue everywhere on the newly painted pumpkin, so removing it and adding the cork is a much better option for me).