French Script Burlap Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkins

This time of year I can't walk through a dollar store without picking up a few pumpkins because they have so much crafting potential. When I bought these I had no clue what I was going to do with them until rummaging through my craft bin. A theme seemed to unfold and the result is these French script burlap decoupaged dollar store pumpkins with rusted iron patina fall leaves.

DIY French Script Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins



French Script Burlap Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkins

I had completely forgotten I had the French script burlap ribbon in my stash. I also forgot I had a bag of wine corks in there too but when I saw they had French fleur de lis printed on the top, I just had to pair them with the ribbon.

My inspiration came from Bev's Across The Boulevard frayed ribbon pumpkins. When inspired by another's work, I like to put my own spin on it. So for my dollar store pumpkins, I decoupaged the burlap ribbon onto the pumpkins AND added fall leaves with rusted iron patina. 

It was my first time trying the Iron Patina Kit and oh my, now I want to rust all the things.

Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkins With Wine Cork Stems

When picking the foam pumpkins I chose three different sizes to make the vignette more visually appealing, especially considering they are all finished the same way.

Decoupaged French Script Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins

I also purchased a Fall leaf garland from the dollar store and used some of the stems for the pumpkins. I love how the large leaves transformed to look like rusty iron metal, thanks to the iron rust finish kit that I used (more about that later).

Dollar Store Pumpkins With Rusted Iron Patina Leaves

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Supply List

Faux Pumpkins (alternatives)
French Script Burlap Ribbon (alternative)
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Stick Pins
Mod Podge
Chip Brush
Wine Corks For Crafts
Large Fall Leaf Garland
Modern Masters Rust Patina Kit
Jute Twine
Hot Glue Gun


These pumpkins would work with many decor styles like French Country, Farmhouse, Rustic, Industrial, or traditional. I plan on displaying them with my white sweater pumpkins.

DIY Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkins

Instructions for making French Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkins


Decoupaged pumpkins

Remove the stems from the pumpkins but keep them for a future craft. Next, paint the pumpkins black with two coats of acrylic craft paint so the bright orange doesn't show through the burlap. Let the paint completely dry, I left mine overnight.

Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkins Painted Black

Cut strips of burlap ribbon to fit each pumpkin vertically from the center of the bottom to the center of the top. Cut an inverted V or point on the top of the ribbon to tuck into the hole from the stem.

With the same paintbrush from the previous step, brush Mod Podge onto both the pumpkin and back of burlap ribbon. Set the ribbon in place and rub your hand over the burlap so it nestles into the spines of the pumpkin.

Hold the ribbon in place until it starts to dry with stick pins (I keep a package on hand specifically for crafts).

Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkins Pinned To Dry

Once the Mod Podge has a good bond to the pumpkin, remove the stick pins and move onto the next strip of ribbon. Overlap the ribbon ever so slightly and tuck the pointed end into the hole from the stem.

Turning dollar store fall leaves into rusty iron

Now for the fun part, turning those dollar store Fall leaves into wonderful rusty iron. You will want to cover your work area to protect it from overspray.

Starting with the primer that comes in the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit, brush two coats onto the front and back of the leaves, allowing 30 minutes between coats. Let the last coat of primer dry two hours before moving onto the next step.

Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkin Leaves With Iron Primer

Next, brush one coat of Iron paint on both sides of leaves and dry for 30 minutes. Let the second coat of iron paint dry one hour before moving onto the final step.

Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkin Leaves With Iron Paint

The final step is the oxidization process - it's like magic before your very eyes!

Spray a light coat of rust activator over the entire surface of the leaves. Wait five minutes and spray a second light coat then watch the magic happen. I let the leaves dry overnight before moving onto the next step.

Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkin Leaves With Rust Activator

Twine pumpkin tendrils

For the pumpkin tendrils, tie a piece of natural twine to the center of the leaf stem with two long strands on each side. Sorry I didn't measure the length of the twine before cutting.

Rub Mod Podge with your fingers over the twine and wrap it around a pencil. I used hair clips that I had on hand to hold in place. Let them dry about 30 minutes until they start to stiffen.

Burlap Decoupaged Pumpkin Twine Tendrils

Once the tendrils are dry enough that they hold their shape, remove them from the pencil. Push the center of the leaf stem into the hole at the top of the pumpkin. Glue them in place with a few dabs of hot glue.

Wine cork pumpkin stems

Next, secure the wine corks over the center of the leaf stems with hot glue. Loosen the curls on the tendrils and we're done!

For more faux pumpkin ideas, here I share How To Paint Dollar Store Pumpkins with vintage French Country charm. Here's an idea for a 5 Minute DIY Dollar Store Wreath you may like.

While these larger faux pumpkins were not purchased at the dollar store, here's an idea for turning them into an Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary embellished with copper.

An alternative to hanging a wreath on the door, here's a Faux Pumpkin Door Hanger idea. While the untraditional colors I used may not be for everyone, the ribbon and embellishments could be switched with more traditional options. 

If you have any questions about these decoupaged burlap pumpkins, 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!


Decoupaged French Script Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins

Decoupaged Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins

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22 comments

  1. Aaaaai my friend, they're beautiful. Love everything about your burlap pumpkins and those rusty leaves OMW!!! YES!!! So sad that we don't get Modern Masters here in South Africa. I've looked everywhere. They don't even ship it from Amazon. Maybe it's a good thing, coz I would rust everything I see :D

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    1. Hey Michelle, thank you very much, I'm glad you like them. I'm a little nervous because they were clearing these kits out at our Home Depot store and I hope it's not because they're being discontinued. I have plans for the rest of the iron kit soon.

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  2. These are just brimming with character Marie. I especially love how you added more depth to the leaves.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I had so much fun making these, especially playing with the iron kit. I bought more pumpkins because I think these guys need some friends. LOL

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  3. Marie! these are super cute. You know I love pumpkins. woot!

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    1. Thank you so much, appreciate it. I don't know you love pumpkins because I don't know who left this sweet comment as you've identified as "unknown". Would love to know who you are though. 😊

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  4. These came out great and are so unique! Love the leaf design especially!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patti! I had so much fun with the leaf design that I'm working on another project using the rust patina kit. LOL

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  5. I love these Marie! The burlap is beautiful. I am so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Christina for your sweet comment and prayers, they are much appreciated 🤗

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  6. These look great, Marie! I'm thrilled that my frayed ribbon pumpkins inspired you!

    I read your weekly newsletter and I want to offer my condolences to you and your family.

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    1. Thank You for inspiring me with your pretty frayed ribbon pumpkins. I would have completely forgotten about the French script ribbon and wine corks in my stash had it not been from seeing yours. Thank you for your condolences, it means a lot. xo

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  7. Hi Marie!
    These are too cute! And those rusty leaves! Your French burlap ribbon was perfect for the pumpkins. Thanks so much for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim! They were fun to make and what can I say, I love anything with a French vibe.

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  8. Hopping by from the Over the Moon link-up. Such darling pumpkins with all the texture going on. Love the idea of the cork stems. You are a clever gal!

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  9. Welcome, I'm so glad you popped over for a visit 😊 The pumpkins were such fun to make, especially turning the dollar store leaves into rusty iron. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Marie - of course I had to visit when I saw "french" and "pumpkin" in the same sentence. They are darling and so unique. Thanks for sharing all the steps and demystifying the process for us. Peace to you right where you are. -michele

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    1. LOL, a girl after my own heart - my eyes perk up with the words french and pumpkin too! Thank you so much, Michele appreciate your kind words and the visit 😀

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  11. Hi Marie!
    I love these little French decoupaged pumpkins. The rusty iron leaves are such a clever touch, and I love the cork stems. You're one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks for sharing at the party!
    >>> Kim

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    1. So glad you liked my pumpkins with rusty leaves, Kim, and thank you so much for the feature 🤗

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  12. Oh these are darling Marie - what a great idea to use corks for the stems! We're swimming in corks around here, but that never would have crossed my mind. Thanks for the brilliant inspiration! 💗

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    1. Thank you very much, Barbara, I'm glad you like the decoupaged pumpkins! I was glad to finally use up some of my cork stash because like you, I'm swimming in them too. LOL

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