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DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkins with Buttons

DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkins crafted with paint, buttons and a vintage thread spool

How to Make a DIY Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkin with Buttons

Do you remember those bright orange foam pumpkins they sell at the Dollar Tree store? I planned ahead and put some aside last Fall. I’m excited to share with you this cute DIY Dollar Tree pumpkins makeover!

DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkins crafted with paint, buttons and a vintage thread spool

My theme is vintage sewing notions. This dollar store pumpkin will get a pumpkin makeover that features buttons, crochet work and a vintage thread spool. I’ve also teamed up with some blogger friends to share our pumpkin crafts and Fall decor. Check out the links to their projects at the end of this post!

Table of Contents

  • Supplies to Make a Button Pumpkin
  • 7 Easy Steps to Make a Button Pumpkin
  • More DIY Dollar Tree Fall Decor Ideas
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Dollar Tree orange pumpkin, white paint, white buttons, crocheted doily and a vintage thread spool

I prefer the look of a white pumpkin, so I painted my foam pumpkin with white chalk paint. This fits in well with my style of home decor.

Supplies to Make a Button Pumpkin

  • 4 1/2 inch foam pumpkin from Dollar Tree (or another foam pumpkin)
  • White paint – I used Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Fluff
  • paintbrush
  • crocheted doily
  • assorted white and clear buttons
  •  hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • empty wooden thread spool
removing the stem from a Dollar Tree pumpkin

7 Easy Steps to Make a Button Pumpkin

  1. Remove the dollar tree pumpkin’s green foam stem. It’s held in place by a toothpick and will lift right out.
Painting an orange Dollar Tree pumpkin white

2. Paint the pumpkin white. You’ll need two coats of chalk paint to ensure that no orange shows through.

cutting out a doily for a farmhouse style pumpkin makeover

3. Cut out a circular piece of the doily to go on top of the pumpkin. This is optional…you may choose to cover the top with more buttons, instead.

round doily for a farmhouse pumpkin makeover project

4. Hot glue the doily to the top of the pumpkin. Center it where the “stem” will be.

gluing buttons onto a DIY Dollar Tree pumpkins makeover

5. Starting at the top, hot glue the buttons in a circular pattern around the pumpkin. Vary size, color and style for added interest.

gluing buttons onto a DIY Dollar Tree pumpkins makeover

6. Continue gluing buttons until you almost reach the bottom. Do not glue buttons to the bottom of the pumpkin as it needs a flat surface to rest on.

attaching a thread spool as a stem to a DIY Dollar Tree pumpkins craft

7. Attach the spool to the top of the pumpkin with hot glue.

DIY Dollar Tree pumpkins updated with white paint, buttons, crocheted doily and a thread spool stem
DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkins crafted with paint, buttons and a vintage thread spool

And you’re done! I hope you liked my DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkins makeover and that you feel inspired to start working on your own seasonal decor.

More DIY Dollar Tree Fall Decor Ideas

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you do with dollar store foam pumpkins?

A: There are so many fun ways to decorate with foam pumpkins! Put them in a tray atop a stack of books on the coffee table, style them with other fall decor on an end table or an entryway table, put them on a fall themed mantel or use them as a centerpiece. They also make great gifts!

Q: What kind of paint do you use on foam pumpkins?

A: Any type of craft paint will work, including acrylic and chalk paint.

Q: How do you decorate a Dollar Tree pumpkin?

A: Get creative! Paint designs on them, decoupage with newsprint or napkins, wrap them with yarn, fabric or ribbon, hot glue shells, sequins, pinecones or any other materials that you like to the outside.

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How to Make a Dollar Tree Foam Button Pumpkin

How to Make a Dollar Tree Foam Button Pumpkin
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 4 1/2 inch foam pumpkin
  • white chalk paint
  • crochet doily
  • assorted white buttons
  • hot glue sticks
  • empty vintage wooden thread spool

Tools

  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • paintbrush

Instructions

    1. Remove the dollar tree pumpkin's green foam stem. It's held in place by a toothpick and will lift right out.

    2. Paint the pumpkin white. You'll need two coats of chalk paint to ensure that no orange shows through.

    3. Cut out a circular piece of the doily to go on top of the pumpkin. This is optional...you may choose to cover the top with more buttons, instead.

    4. Hot glue the doily to the top of the pumpkin. Center it where the "stem" will be.

    5. Starting at the top, hot glue the buttons in a circular pattern around the pumpkin. Vary size, color and style for added interest.

    6. Continue gluing buttons until you almost reach the bottom. Do not glue buttons to the bottom of the pumpkin as it needs a flat surface to rest on.

    7. Attach the spool to the top of the pumpkin with hot glue.

Now it’s time to check out some more Fall decor inspiration from my creative blogger friends. Next on the tour is my friend Olivia from Olivia O’hern. She is a talented graphic designer and crafter. You’re going to love her cute pumpkin garland! Enjoy!

Easter Craft and Decor Ideas

Kippi at Home  // Zucchini Sisters  // Olivia O’Hern  // Karin’s Kottage

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Easter Craft and Decor Ideas

Darling & Dapper Life  // Peacock Ridge Farm  // Cloches & Lavender  // My Family Thyme 

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Easter Craft and Decor Ideas

A Life of Balance  // From Farmhouse to Florida  // This Dear Casa  // Feet Under My Table 

DIY Wreath for Fall from Kirsten of Tribe of Burton

Fall Decor Ideas – Everything Pumpkins from Kippi of Kippi at Home

Front Porch Fall Decor, Boho Style! from Jessica at Jessica Welling Interiors

Fall Decorating Ideas – DIY Fabric Pumpkin by Olivia of Olivia O’Hern

Braided Chunky Yarn Dollar Tree Pumpkin from Agnes of Just That Perfect Piece

DIY Pumpkin Decor Using a Glass Bottle from Chas of Chas’ Crazy Creations

DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkin Decor from Lia of Southern Yankee DIY

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36 Comments

  1. What a clever and fun project Rebecca — I love it! Pinned! But, where did you find all the buttons and the vintage style spool? I’d love to make one,

  2. Rebecca, your pumpkin with buttons is absolutely adorable! I love the vintage look you created. It is such a great craft for fall!

  3. Oh, I just love everything about this one! I am such a sucker for vintage lace and I love how you’ve found such a cute way to display an heirloom button collection (I know…you must be shocked to hear that I come from a long line of sewers and may have a few collections of buttons that have been passed down to me). But in this piece all of those one of a kind buttons can work together. Thanks so much for sharing this one 🤗

  4. such an adorable idea! Now I am really sad I didn’t keep that tin of vintage buttons my Mom had! These pumpkins are just the sweetest thing! I will have to find some buttons! thanks for sharing!

  5. Such a lovely idea, Rebecca! The doily is perfect with the buttons, too!

  6. What an amazing makeover of a Dollar Tree pumpkin! I especially like your choice of adding the spool on top. Vintage perfection!

    1. Yes Kippi, my vintage soul loves to craft with the stuff I’ve collected over the years. I’m so happy to be getting ready for Fall decorating. Thanks for bringing us together for this pumpkin collaboration 🙂

    1. Thanks Jess! Those DT pumpkins are such a bright orange. They definitely need to be toned down with paint. Thanks for the sweet compliment, my friend!

    1. Thanks Olivia! I enjoyed using my vintage sewing notions for this craft. It was fun pumpkin crafting with you 🙂

  7. Absolutely beautiful! What a great idea of adding a doily!! Will for sure attempt to make one ! Thanks for inspiration!

    1. Thanks Agnes! I think the doily gave it a little more interest. You should definitely make one…it’s a fun craft!

  8. Your diy Dollar Tree pumpkin with buttons is SO very cute! Love how it turned out and I think I need one! Thanks for sharing and wonderful crafting pumpkin things with you.

    1. Thanks Chas! You should definitely make one…it’s a fun and easy craft. It was fun crafting with you too, friend 🙂

  9. Love this cute, vintage-looking little pumpkin! I think I have all the supplies for this one already:) Pinning it!

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