Farmhouse Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins Vignette

The leaves are turning, the scent of pumpkin spice is in the air and Autumn is upon us. Time to put away the seashells and bring out the pumpkins and gourds. Today I'm showing you how easy it is to turn ugly plastic pumpkins into a gorgeous farmhouse painted dollar store pumpkin vignette. This pretty pumpkin patch is a budget-friendly Fall decor idea and the possibilities for colors are endless. I'll also show you how to give the painted pumpkins a lovely time-worn aged patina that deepens the pretty colors.

Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins

Budget-Friendly Dollar Store Painted Pumpkins Vignette 

Painting these faux pumpkins is such a fun pumpkin craft that you'll find yourself going back to the dollar store to buy more.

Dollar Store Painted Pumpkin Vignette

The Checkered Fall Pillows in the background is also an easy DIY idea using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers.

Farmhouse Fall Pumpkins

Here's where we started with these cheap plastic dollar store pumpkins and gourds. Every Fall they seem to come out with more styles so I load up to paint more for around our home. The metallic silver pumpkin is one I had painted last year. That's the beauty with faux pumpkins, you can repaint them when your style changes.

Dollar Store Pumpkin Craft

How Can I Decorate With Painted Pumpkins?

Here are some ideas I hope you find helpful for decorating with painted pumpkins.

  • Create a vignette on a coffee table tray with other Fall elements like faux greens, grapevine nests, old hardcover books, wooden candlesticks, birdhouses, and vintage decor. 
  • Place a mix of painted pumpkins inside a wooden crate, tool caddy, or rectangular box and display on a bookcase or fireplace mantel. 
  • Set painted pumpkins on top of a wooden table riser with pumpkin spice scented candles for a pretty table centerpiece.
  • Fill a metal birdcage, wire box, cloche, glass vessel, or basket with painted pumpkins atop a dining sideboard.
  • Decorate with a mix of painted pumpkins and an assortment of Fabric Pumpkins, Sweater Pumpkins, and Burlap Pumpkins for different textures. 

How To Paint Dollar Store Pumpkins

The trick to getting that lovely matte finish is to use a chalk type paint, milk paint, or acrylic craft paint. These water-based paints dry very quickly so you'll have your pumpkin patch finished in no time.

I used paint that I had on hand and worked with my decor. That's the beauty with painted pumpkins is that you can customize the colors to work with your decor. Pretty neutrals for French Country, bright metallics for modern decor, orange and yellow for traditional Fall decor, the choice is yours!

Budget Friendly Painted Pumpkins

For my pumpkins, I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Arles. I also used Country Chic Paint in the color Luscious Lime and FolkArt Home Decor Chalk in the color Grotto 6439.

Once the paint is dry you can protect the finish with clear wax or matte clear coat but if you want to give them an aged time-worn patina, I'll show you how in the next step.

How To Age Painted Pumpkins

The pumpkins already look so much better painted but if you want to give them an aged timeworn patina, I'll show you how with two different finishes.

The teal and yellow-painted pumpkins are aged with brown glaze and the green and white pumpkins are aged with a brown wax.

DIY Dollar Store Fall Decor

How To Age Painted Pumpkins With Brown Glaze

  • Brush the glaze deep into the ribs of the pumpkin with either an inexpensive chip brush or small art brush.
  • Dip just the tips of the brush into water and move the glaze all over the pumpkin. 
  • Remove the excess glaze with a lint-free rag or paper towel. 
  • You may need to add more glaze into the ribs to achieve the look you want. 
  • Dab glaze around the stem to resemble dirt that settles on top of pumpkins in the patch.
  • No worries if you add too much glaze, just dab more paint onto the pumpkin. 
  • There are no rules - just play with the finish until you get the look you want.

You can see the difference between the glazed pumpkins in the back and the unglazed pumpkin at the forefront.

Family Friendly Pumpkin Craft

How To Age Painted Pumpkins With Dark Wax

  • Rub dark wax deep into the ribs of the pumpkin.
  • Blend the wax with a lint-free rag.
  • No worries if you add too much wax, remove the excess with clear wax.
  • Rub some wax around the pumpkin stem as well.
  • Again, as with glaze, there are no rules. Play with the finish until you get the look you like. 

You can see the difference between the dark waxed pumpkin in the back and the unwaxed pumpkin at the front.

Faux Pumpkin Ideas

Have fun with your dollar store pumpkin craft, the more pumpkins the better I say. This Fall craft idea can be a family affair too.

Is This A Kid-Friendly Craft?

It absolutely is a great dollar store craft to do with kids. Take the kids with you to the dollar store to pick out their own pumpkins, bottles of craft paint, Fall stickers, and self-adhesive gems and beads. They'll have loads of fun decorating pumpkins for their room.

For more budget-friendly autumn ideas visit my DIY Fall Ideas page.

Painted Dollar Store Farmhouse Decor

If you have any questions about this dollar store painted pumpkin craft, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

Farmhouse Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins

If you enjoyed this Pumpkin Patch Vignette Idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Fall Ideas or Pumpkin Craft Ideas board on Pinterest.

Budget Friendly DIY Fall Decor

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.


  1. Pinned! I came from tailwind and needed a closer look for how you did it. I may need to paint some dollar tree pumpkins this year, so instructions are really nice to have!


    1. Hi Rachelle, thanks for popping over from TW and for the pin! I hope you found the instructions helpful and have fun painting your pumpkins. It seems every year the dollar stores come out with even better plastic pumpkins and gourds than the year before so you should have some great choices.

  2. HI Marie, I love these! Great tutorial too! I need to get going... it will be pumpkin season soon! laura

    1. Hi Laura, I'm glad you like the pumpkins and the tutorial. I'm feeling the Fall tug from the beach sand and taking little tiny baby steps, while still clad in my bathing suit, towards Autumn.

  3. ********************************************************
    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  4. Such a great idea to paint the dollar store pumpkins! The colors are gorgeous! I would love to have you come and link up to Centerpiece Wednesday Linky Party and share this post!

    1. I'm glad you like the painted pumpkins, Karin, and thanks for the invite to your link party.

  5. Love this tutorial! I have painted a few over the years but they have never turned out the way I'd hoped. These are gorgeous so I'm going to give it another try this year! The brown glaze adds so much! Thanks so much for sharing Marie!

    1. So glad to hear you found the tutorial helpful, Denise and have fun painting your pumpkins!

  6. So smart to use glaze or wax to darken the crevices! I love your vignette!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenna, I'm glad you like how I aged the painted pumpkins!

  7. I never think to use wax and love them so much more than how mine turned out (dull and ugly).Great tutorial! Pinned and thanks so much for sharing over at Farmhouse Friday!

    1. Thanks Cindy, I'm glad you like the look of the painted pumpkins with the dark wax and that you found the tutorial helpful.


Post a Comment

I always enjoy hearing from you so please don't be shy! I read and reply to every single comment.