The Best Makeover You Can Give a $1 Plastic Pumpkin!

DIY Halloween music sheet planter from a plastic pumpkin!  Perfect fall decorations at eclecticallyvintage.com

Hoarding comes in handy sometimes.

I know you understand (unlike my Hubs)!

As I was rummaging through my Halloween bins in search of fall decorations, in the dark hole that is my basement,

I came upon a huge garbage bag filled with cheap plastic pumpkins that I bought for a Halloween party game years ago.

Cheap plastic pumpkins = halloween ugliness.

How to rectify that?

 

Ahhhh, much better.

Now I’m in my happy place once again.

DIY Halloween music sheet planter from a plastic pumpkin!  Perfect fall decorations at eclecticallyvintage.com

Supplies:
*Plastic pumpkin
*Mod podge
*Paint brush
*Music sheets (or dictionary/book pages)
*Clear spray paint sealer

The How To:
*Cut music sheets into strips (cut the shorter side which is the perfect fit for the pumpkins)
*Apply thin layer of mod podge to paper strips and stick on pumpkin – letting the overlap fold into the top of pumpkin
*Let dry then apply 1 coat of mod podge or 2 coats of clear sealer if you plan to put them outside

DIY Halloween music sheet planter from a plastic pumpkin!  Perfect fall decorations at eclecticallyvintage.com

Now my other ugly pumpkins expect a makeover.

DIY Halloween music sheet planter from a plastic pumpkin!  Perfect fall decorations at eclecticallyvintage.com

Made over pumpkins can be such divas – there’ll be no living with their huge egos now.
I’m on a Fall roll, have you seen my Mummy Votives – talk about prima donnas?
And check out My Fall Porch – where these beauties made their debut.
Love pumpkins?

Check out Ugly Plastic Pumpkin Makeover – Round 2 and …

my lace pumpkin …

bling pumpkin …

3D paper pumpkins …

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Comments

  1. Kelly,

    You have to be careful with those diva pumpkins, I had one who got so out of hand once he took over the guest room as his own personal “suite”! If you keep making them look so good, they will start to take advantage of you. . .lol!

    Seriously, good job putting the old pumpkins to use.

  2. two things i love about fall: mums and cheap plastic pumpkins! i have a few pumpkins that never got retired after halloween last year, they’ve just been hanging around the play room looking completely out of place! now i think i should find some scrapbook paper or gift wrap and give them a makeover! thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  3. don’t call her “cheap” anymore! her fee just went up!:)

  4. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that? ;-) Brilliant and sooooo much cuter.

  5. I would have to agree, that is probably the best makeover you can give a plastic $1 pumpkin! Love it.

  6. Diva, indeed. Love this idea.

  7. too fun! what a clever idea! and totally in my price range, which is negative to $5 for project costs.

  8. This is sooo cute! Leave it to you, Kelly, to come up with such a great idea.
    Mary Alice

  9. So pretty! I would never had guessed that was a cheap plastic pumpkin underneath! The mums are gorgeous… I can’t wait to go buy some for our porch!

  10. Awesome job! Now I’m sorry I got rid of my pumpkin head when I moved… blogging is driving me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  11. Good idea. Love the sheet music added to it with the mum.

  12. You are totally singing my tune :)

    (so sorry…..I couldn’t resist)!

    Have a great day rock star.
    :)

  13. Yup. You’re a genius. LOVE THESE!!! Might have to copy you. :-P

  14. Not only that, but lightweight, too! I did that to some seriously ugly ceramic canisters. They sold quickly. Maybe you could start a new biz!!

  15. Holy minoly! I cannot believe that was a plastic pumpkin…it’s so cute now! I’m totes stealing this idea!

  16. Don’t even think I didn’t just pin these with the intention of stealing your idea to do myself.

  17. What a change a little sheet music makes! Great idea!

  18. Now this is a good thing! Thanks Martha! I mean Kelly.

  19. Kelly ….fantastic..I saw these at Fred’s and my mind was blowing up with ideas,this has really inspired me…now I’ve got to get back to Fred’s and get those inexpensive little babies.and get to modpodge’n….come see me I cut out some jack-o-lantern faces out of old orange placemats…cost…0…

  20. I am dying that you posted this today. I was just at Goodwill — like an hour ago! — and there were a billion of these, and I was trying to figure out what I could do with them. LOVE IT.

  21. LOVE this!!!!!!

  22. What a GREAT idea! Very, very nice transformation.

  23. Daniela@Frugal Ain't Cheap says:

    super cool idea!…I have a few of those…with leftover last year candy…yuck!

  24. girl…now I wish I had kept all those plastic pumpkins over the years!! ADORABLE!! :) Bonnie

  25. At this time of year every garage sale has at least one of these pumpkins. Usually they can be had for a quarter. Now that I want some, they will be a buck if I ever see them again.

    ~Bliss~

  26. So cute! I love that! What a great idea!

  27. CAYUTE pie right here! I love it Kelly.

  28. I think you re right! That dollar punkin looks great in sheet music. Is that the Fall 2012 line? ;)

  29. So clever and so simple! I think it’s time for me to whip out my Mod Podge again …

    :)

    Linda

  30. You are so clever!!!!

  31. Another great idea! What a fun way to liven plastic pumpkin head up! I love it :-)

  32. Very creative re-use for an orange plastic pumpkin :-) You could use all sorts of interesting kinds of paper to dress up one of these babies – pages from an old book would be cool. Maybe The Legend of Sleepy Hollow :-) I wonder if putting a few of those LED tea lights inside would create a glow through the paper… assuming the pumpkin isn’t filled with flowers, of course!

  33. Love it! So cute. Is it kind of sad that you have a smiling pumpkin and then you cover it with paper? He’s like “noooooo!” ;-)

  34. Cute idea! So glad I came by to see it on this Wow Us Wednesday

  35. Thanks for partying with us Kelly!

    (I have to hide my sheet music projects from my kid, he has a fit! lol)

  36. That is a nice idea. The sheet music really does make it look classy.

  37. I love hoarding crafty things – clever make over ;)

  38. That pumpkin is music to my ears!!!…Love it!! So darn cute!!

  39. Love, love, love this.♥♥♥

  40. Love it! You got me with the music note, they are one of my favs! Stopping by via Debbiedoo’s.
    http://www.the-finishing-touches.net/

  41. THis is a great idea because you can put any kind of arrangement in them. I love this!

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill

  42. This is an adorable and clever idea!

  43. I love this project. How cute!! I would love for you to share on my linky party. Still live until tomorrow night. Thanks ,Nichi http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/09/tasty-thursdays-9.html

  44. This is such a great-looking idea, Kelly–I can see it applied to all types of plastic objects! I am definitely going to have to play with this creative gem you gave me today–thank you for the inspiration!

  45. So cute! I love decoupage. You have inspired me. I’m welcoming spring here but I must have my pumpkin too!
    Besos, Silvina

  46. Stopping back by to say thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration at Potpourri Friday.

  47. So cute ! I love it!! Now I know what to do with my son’s pumpkin head buckets!! Thanks for the inspiration! I’m your newest follower!! Cheers ~Deanna

  48. So simple and yet so cute! The perfect kind of project! I pass these up at the thrift store this time of year…perhaps I should pick up a few! Thanks for sharing!!

  49. That is a really unique pumpkin. I’d love for you to come and link up to our PUMPKIN PARTY which is open until the 18th of October. Take care, Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/09/thirty-days-of-pumpkins.html

  50. Oh MAN! I just got rid of two plastic pumpkins just like yours! And with outdoor Mod Podge this would totally stand up to the Oregon weather. Good thing these pumpkins are so cheap at the thrift store, cuz I see a cute project in my immediate future. Thanks for the idea!

  51. I made one of these for my front porch……super easy project. My husband especially liked it as I used the sheets from his favorite piece………Blue Danube!

  52. What a blog!! 1st time checking it out!!! Now I have tons of ideas for Xmas gifts- I usually just make Jams, Jellies, & Marmalades-there are so many different ideas to go with. Tons of ideas- I am not worried anymore of what to make. Thanks so much ^j^

  53. I just love it!

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