Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere! That is the theme I'm going for this fall. Give me all the pumpkins. But yall, pumpkins can get expensive quick. I always love hitting up the Dollar Tree each year to snag some new fall pieces. They always have a ton of pumpkins. You can usually find these bright orange styrofoam pumpkins for $1. I've done various transformations with them over the year, so I wanted to give you something new this season. Here are my paper mache Dollar Tree pumpkins.
Paper Mache Dollar Tree Pumpkins
I love thrifty finds from the Dollar Tree. You would probably be amazed at how much stuff in my home comes from there. And I'm talking Dollar Tree, not Dollar General or any other dollar store. You have to specifically find those magical Dollar Tree's to get all the cool goodies. Their seasonal fall section never disappoints. I grabbed these bright orange styrofoam pumpkins a few years ago and spray painted them white for a crisper look. This year I wanted to give them a little more va-va-voom so I added music sheets to them. Why music sheets, because our Church sent out an email that they had piles of free hymnals that we could come and take, so I loaded up on them. You know me and a good vintage book! Here is how I created the paper mache Dollar Tree Pumpkins.
What You Will Need
1 | Spray Paint the Pumpkins
I had already started with white pumpkins, but this is an important step. The pumpkins from Dollar Tree are very bright orange and if your book pages are thin, the color will bleed through. If you have a nice white base, to begin with you won't notice holes or bleeding as much.
2 | Replace the Stem
I wanted to give our pumpkins a rustic touch. I cut the little styrofoam stems off, created a bigger hole and grabbed a few sticks from the yard to make our stems out of.
3 | Spray Adhesive
This step can totally be skipped. I think it would work just as well with only the mod podge paste. But for the sake of step-by-step, I sprayed down my pumpkins with Martha Stewart's Spray Adhesive to help the pages stick to the pumpkins. It made a big sticky mess (which is why I'd probably skip if I had to do this over again.)
4 | Rip Your Pages
I had a little helper with this step, ripping all the pages into thin strips so that we could glue them on. I think she may have gotten a little carried away, but she was too cute to stop.
5 | Paper Mache
I remember doing this craft as a girl with my mom. It's such an old-fashioned fun craft. Instead of using a traditional flour glue, I mixed 1 part Mod Podge to 2 parts water. I dipped each page into the glue mixture and formed it onto the pumpkins. Make sure to press into each crevice to give it that pumpkin look. Then I let them dry outdoors in the sunshine. It took 30-60 minutes to fully dry and they were ready to go.
Isn't this such a fun and cute fall craft. They totally bring a more rustic element to my pumpkin fill piano! You could totally try this on any type of faux or real pumpkin this season. Show off your own Paper Mache Dollar Tree Pumpkins on Instagram and make sure to tag me @shea_thefogueabode so I can see your crafty goodness!
Happy Fall Yall!