Repurposed Dollar Store Frame Hello Pumpkin Sign

Has the return of everything pumpkin spice got you motivated to start decorating for Fall? If so, here's an idea for turning a cheap dollar store frame into a cute hello pumpkin sign. Just like pumpkin spice, burlap regains its popularity in the fall. So for this craft idea, I ran burlap fabric through my printer and I'll show you how easy it is to print on burlap.

The best part of this fall project is that everything you need to make it can be found at the dollar store. Not only is it a budget-friendly fall decor idea but it's quick and easy to make too.

Half Pumpkin Burlap Fall Craft Idea

Repurposed Dollar Store Decor Fall Pumpkin Sign


You can hang the pumpkin sign on a door like a Fall Wreath by adding a pretty bow or some fall embellishments. It could be incorporated into a Fall mantel vignette, displayed on a bookcase, hung on an entry mirror to welcome guests, or hang it on a chalkboard like I did. I like to decorate my kitchen chalkboard wall for the seasons and that's exactly where this little hello pumpkin sign is going to go.

Repurposed Dollar Store Mirror Fall Sign

It all started with this cheap plastic mirror I found at the dollar store.

DIY Autumn Pumpkin Craft

...and a small styrofoam pumpkin.

DIY Foam Pumpkin Fall Sign

What you'll need to make it

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Supply List

Dollar Store Frame
Burlap Scrapbook Paper Sheets
Small Styrofoam Pumpkin
Real Pumpkin Stem (optional)
Orange Paint
Brown Spray Paint
Bronze Gilding Wax (optional)
Brown Wax or Brown Glaze
Twine (Green and Natural)
Hot Glue Gun
Retractable Craft Knife
Printer


Here's how I made it

Let's get into the nitty-gritty of how easy it is to make.

Here's a quick video tutorial if you'd like and I've included the detailed step-by-step instructions further down.



Step-by-Step Instructions For DIY Pumpkin Sign


Hello Pumpkin Burlap Fall Decor

Step 1 - Styrofoam Pumpkin

The first thing you want to do is carefully slice a small styrofoam pumpkin in half with a serrated knife. There are readymade half pumpkins available online but I used what I had on hand. Besides, now I have a second half pumpkin to use for another fall decor project.

Pumpkin Craft Tip

If you buy real pumpkins every year, large or small, keep the pumpkin stems! They are great to use for crafts the following year. I saved the ones pictured below from the small white pumpkins I turned into mini pumpkin tealight candle holders last year.

Foam Pumpkin Half Fall Craft

To Paint Or Not To Paint

This next step is optional but I think foam pumpkins look so much better when they are painted. You can see what I mean in my painted dollar store pumpkin vignette. I wanted my sign to be in traditional autumn colors so I painted my pumpkin orange but you could paint the pumpkin whatever color suits your decor.

You may be thinking, why would you paint the pumpkin orange when it's already orange? I know, seems like a waste of time but they look less...um...fake when you paint them. I used orange chalk paint that I had on hand but acrylic craft paint would be fine too.

Highlight Those Spines

To deepen the color of the painted pumpkin and make it look more realistic, rub brown wax over it with a lint-free rag (or brown glaze would work too). Get the wax deep into the spines to make them more noticeable like pictured above.

Embellish The Pumpkin

For the leaves, I used a piece of leftover script burlap from the French burlap decoupage pumpkins that I made and hot glued them onto the top of the half pumpkin.

For the tendrils, I used green twine dipped into a bowl of thinned white craft glue. Wrap them around a pencil or small dowel and once dry, loosen the curls and hot glue them onto the pumpkin.

I removed the plastic stem that came with my foam pumpkin and replaced it with a real one. While I had the brown wax out, I rubbed some on the dried steam to darken the color. Last but not least I attached the dried stem onto the pumpkin with a hot glue gun.

Step 2 - Paint The Frame

This step is also completely optional. If you like the color of your frame then keep it as is. I wanted more earthy Fall colors rather than antique gold.

Repurposed Dollar Store Mirror

Remove the glass, or in my case plastic mirror, from the frame. I spray painted the frame in a brown espresso color that I had on hand. I could have left the frame dark brown and it would have been just fine but I wanted to highlight the details with bronze gilding wax.

For a picture hanger I simply hot glued a strand of natural twine on the back of the frame. Now we're ready to have some fun with burlap!

Step 3 - Printing On Burlap

The easiest way is to use real burlap scrapbook paper or a burlap print paper. But did you know you can print on burlap fabric?

But first, we need a graphic to print onto the burlap. I made the Hello Pumpkin graphic in PicMonkey and if you'd like to use my graphic, I've included a free unwatermarked download below.

FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

I intentionally placed the graphic towards the top center both to accommodate the foam pumpkin beneath and in case it needs to be trimmed to fit a smaller picture frame.

Burlap Craft DIY Fall Sign

How To Print On Burlap Fabric

If you don't have either real burlap scrapbook paper like I did, or burlap print paper I'll show you how easy it is to print on burlap fabric instead.

  1. If your burlap has any wrinkles you'll want to iron the fabric first.
  2. You'll need a sheet of cardstock paper, preferably a brown or tan color if your burlap doesn't have a tight weave.
  3. Spray the cardstock with craft spray adhesive and align the pattern straight and set on top. 
  4. Trim the burlap to fit the 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock so it fits in the printer feed.
  5. Make sure you orientate the cardstock so it prints on the burlap side.
  6. Change the printer settings to Best print mode.

I printed mine on an inkjet printer and it came out lighter than I had hoped so I went over it with a black Sharpie marker to darken it.

Step 4 - The Finishing Touches

Now that we have the burlap printed, the picture frame painted, and the pumpkin embellished and ready to go, we can assemble the DIY fall pumpkin sign.

Trim the burlap to fit the frame - mine needed to be trimmed for a 7" x 9" opening. Set the burlap inside the frame along with the original backing that came with the frame.

Set the half pumpkin in place on the bottom half of the burlap and attach it with a hot glue gun.

That's it, so what do you think? 

DIY Fall Wall Art

If you have any questions about this DIY Hello Pumpkin Fall Sign, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you! Here are a couple other DIY fall sign ideas you may like. This DIY pumpkin sign is made with sheet metal and this one is with a DIY antiqued mirror.

If you enjoyed this fall decor idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Fall Signs or Fall Decorating Ideas Ideas board on Pinterest.


DIY Fall Sign With Dollar Store Finds

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33 comments

  1. This is adorable, Marie! Perfect for the autumn season.

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    1. Thanks my friend, I'm glad you like it. My first fall project of 2020 while my feet are still dug deep in the beach sand.

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    1. Thanks Virginia, it was a fun initiation project for Fall 2020.

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  3. Love it Marie! I save the pumpkin stems too, I used them on my embroidery hoop pumpkins I recently made!

    Tania

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    1. Your embroidery hoop pumpkins are so stink'n cute, Tania! I never used to save them until I got smart last year. Now I buy real pumpkins just for the stems. LOL

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  4. This is just darling!! And now I want to print on burlap!! I've never done that before, but I do love PicMonkey. They really do make creating custom artwork so easy.

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    1. It's so easy, Kim! I promise, after you give it a try you'll want to burlap all.the.things. LOL I love PicMonkey and it's my go-to source for creating graphics. Have fun playing with burlap!

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  5. Marie,
    What a great looking, inexpensive way to celebrate fall. Love the burlap background and tendrils on the pumpkin. I see one of these on my end table aleady!

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  6. This is so adorable Marie. You really need to open up an Etsy shop for your non furniture re loves. These would sell. Have a great day today and wonderful start to the new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris, I'm glad you like this fall decor idea! Actually I do have an Etsy shop but I haven't listed anything for quite some time because I sell my things locally now. Wishing you a beautiful day on this labour day weekend too my friend! xo

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  7. This turned out just so cute! I can't wait to start some Fall crafts... but, first I'm going to spend this Labor Day doing a little Fall decorating in my home. I can't wait!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks Carrie, I'm glad you like it! It definitely feels like Fall over here but I haven't started decorating, other than this pumpkin sign on the chalkboard. Maybe next weekend I'll get motivated to embrace the season.

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  8. This is such a cute sign! Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting today from the Inspire Me Monday link up. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for popping over for a visit, Marielle! I'm glad you like the sign. Wishing you a great week as well!

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  9. Such a cute idea Marie and I agree with you about painting the little Styrofoam pumpkins. They always seems to have that half baked glossy look when you find them in a store.

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    1. LOL "half baked glossy look", great way to describe them, Michelle!

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  10. What a cute idea! It reminded me of when my son was a baby. I used to call him my pumpkin doodle. I don't know where that came from, but it stuck. Now, I'd love to use that in a Fall project. It would be cute to have a pumpkin "doodled" with a bunch Fall wording. Thanks for the inspiration! If you have any suggestions for how to do this, let me know!

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    1. I'm glad you like the Fall pumpkin sign and that you found it inspiring to create your own pumpkin subway art. If you do a google search "subway art generator" you'll find apps that will help you do it.

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  12. This is too cool! I did not know you could print on fabric/burlap with a printer. Wonderful tutorial and such a creative craft!

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    1. So glad you liked this burlap craft idea and found the tutorial helpful.

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  13. This turned out EPIC Marie! It's like it was meant to be! You sure make dollar stores enticing...

    I've featured this project in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 544. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna, I'm glad you like it. Thrilled that it's being featured, thank you so much! xo

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  14. Marie, your burlap printing technique is something, I have never seen before. Really interesting. The result is fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party. We hope to see you next week too.
    Naush

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    1. Naush, I'm glad you like the burlap printing technique. The first time I tried this technique I was surprised how easy it was and such fun too.

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  15. Wow what a fantastic project! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I lover this cute Fall sign, Marie! The burlap makes it even cuter!!

    Thanks for sharing and linking it up with us on the Embracing Home and Family link-up party. I hope you link-up with us again tomorrow!

    -Cherelle

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