6 Easy and Awesome Ideas For What To Do with Plastic Pumpkins

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Do you ever wonder what to do with plastic pumpkin buckets? Here are 6 ways I have given plastic pumpkins a makeover.

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What a fun way to display artificial pumpkins. No need to use real pumpkins when you can use dollar store pumpkins from last year to create these fun DIYs. Have fun with these easy 6 plastic pumpkin bucket crafts.

Pumpkin #1 - I sprayed it with black spray paint and let it dry.

Pumpkin #1 –

I sprayed the fake pumpkin with black spray paint and let it dry.

I then sprayed it with Rustoleum Stone spray paint and let that dry.

I then sprayed it with Rustoleum Stone spray paint and let that dry.

I placed a witch hat on it and put it on display. I think it looks like faux concrete.

I placed a witch hat on it and put it on display. I think it looks like faux concrete.

Pumpkin #2 - I sprayed this pumpkin with Rustoleum Copper spray paint and let that dry.

Pumpkin #2 –

I sprayed this pumpkin with Rustoleum Copper spray paint and let that dry.

I added a mum plant inside and set him on the front porch for display.

I added a mum plant inside and set him on the front porch for display.

Pumpkin #3 - I painted this pumpkin with Folk Art Chalkboard paint and let it dry.

Pumpkin #3 –

I painted this pumpkin with Folk Art acrylic paint Chalkboard paint and let it dry.

I used it to serve cold apple cider. You could use the back side of him and write words with chalk of what you're serving.

I used it to serve cold apple cider. You could use the back side of him and write words with chalk of what you’re serving.

Pumpkin #4 - I hot glued Dollar Tree burlap ribbon on the pumpkin bucket. Gluing both the bottom and the top and overlapping the ribbon.

Pumpkin #4 –

I used hot glue to glue on Dollar Tree burlap ribbon on the pumpkin bucket. Gluing both the bottom and the top and overlapping the ribbon.

I used to to create an apple display.

I used to to create an apple display.

Alternatively, you could rubber band the extra ribbon on top, closing the top of the bucket and creating a stem. I also wrapped a little ribbon around the stem, added some twine, and hot glued on a couple fake leaves.

Alternatively, you could rubber band the extra ribbon on top, closing the top of the bucket and creating a stem. I also wrapped a little ribbon around the stem, added some twine, and hot glued on a couple fake leaves.

Pumpkin #5 - I painted Mod Podge onto the bucket and added strips of plaid fabric.

Pumpkin #5 –

I painted Mod Podge onto the bucket and added strips of plaid fabric.

I then put another coat of Mod Podge over the top of all the fabric. I let this dry completely.

I then put another coat of Mod Podge over the top of all the fabric. I let this dry completely.

I gathered the extra fabric on top and used a rubber band to close the top, and left the excess fabric hanging loosely. I took another piece of the fabric and rolled it up and hot glued it into place as a stem. I found some red ribbon and let that dangle as the vines.

I gathered the extra fabric on top and used a rubber band to close the top, and left the excess fabric hanging loosely. I took another piece of the fabric and rolled it up and hot glued it into place as a stem. I found some red ribbon and let that dangle as the vines.

Here are the displays of the ribbon and fabric pumpkins.

Pumpkin #6

I painted the pumpkin with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Sheepskin and let dry completely. You could use white spray paint as well.

Pumpkin #6 - I painted the pumpkin with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Sheepskin and let dry completely.

I hot glued rhinestones onto the pumpkin.

I hot glued rhinestones onto the pumpkin.

I added a hat and you can display the pumpkin rhinestone side forward or …

I added a hat and you can display the pumpkin rhinestone side forward or ...

with the face side forward.

with the face side forward.

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  1. I love how the halloween buckerts turned out! It looks like a grandma Jovie project is in order! Thanks Chas.

    1. Thanks Marilyn and Awe, I LOVE that – building memories with the family. Those are some of the best.

        1. Thank you so much Faith, I’m excited you want to try some of them

  2. Julie Briones says:

    The first one is my fave! Love the concrete look! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Julie, I love that one too πŸ™‚

  3. PAM PEACOCK says:

    Where do you buy the LED Strobe Lights?

  4. Hard to believe those are plastic pumpkins. A great new look. I love the cloth ones. Those can sit out until Thanksgiving! Thanks for linking up with #trafficjam

  5. What great ideas for plastic pumpkins. I want to make all these. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Suzie Olsen says:

    You always have the best ideas for re-purposing items– I think I’m going to try the chalk paint one! Thanks!

  7. Wow – these pumpkin decorations are are amazing; if we celebrated Halloween I would think about creating a few of these outdoor decorations to be place on our front porch! #TrafficJamWeekend Linky Party

  8. What fabulously creative projects for fall Chaz.
    I’d love to invite you over to link at my Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party where we love all things homemade.

    1. Thank you Kerryanne and thanks so much for the invite. I’ll be sure to stop by πŸ™‚

  9. There are so many great ideas here! I especially love the pumpkin bucket turned planter! It was completely transformed with those gorgeous mums!

    1. Thank you so much and I love that little planter too πŸ™‚

  10. As usual, you have such clever ideas! I love the witch one the most! Now, all I need are to get some pumpkin buckets so I can decorate them like yours!!

    I’m going to be featuring these at the Party in Your PJs link party. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas at our link party. You’re awesome!! (I wanna be like you when I grow up . . .)

    1. You are so very sweet Nina, thank you so much for the kind words and for the feature. Hope you have a lovely week, and I’ll see you at the next party.

  11. So many great pumpkin projects in this post! Thank you for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

    1. Hi Chaz,

      These are all great projects and ideas. They’re all cut, the one bejeweled and the hat and sunflower is cute.

      Cindy

      1. Thank you so much Cindy, and I love reading which one is everyone’s favorite.

    1. Thank you, absolutely love all things fall and Halloween πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sarah and I love hearing which one speaks to everyone – so fun to learn and see everyone’s opinions.

  12. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    1. You’re so very sweet and supportive Marilyn, thank you and I’ll see you at the next one.

  13. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me at https://www.marilynstreats.com on thursday morning to see your feature! All hosts choose their own features from the comments left on their blog so be sure to return to my blog to see your feature. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. You are so very sweet Marilyn, thank you and thanks for your amazing support. I’ll see you at the next party!

  14. Brilliant, I love them all but the one with the witches hat has to be my favourite! Who knew plastic pumpkin buckets were so versatile!

    1. Thank you so much Julie and thanks for telling me your favorite, I love that little one too and it’s been fun to read which one’s speak to everyone.

  15. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, see you at the next one.

  16. These are all so cute!! I don’t know which is my favorite!

  17. So many great ways to dress up those pumpkins! I think the plaid is my favorite!

    1. Thank you so much Mary, and I’m enjoying reading which one is everyone’s favorite.

  18. Very creative, Chas, as always! I like the burlap ribbon covered one the best.

    1. Thank you very much Liberty, and I love reading which one is everyone’s favorite.

  19. Chas, love them all but the one sprayed to look like concrete with the black hat is my fav. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much Rachelle, and I love reading which ones speak to everyone. Thanks for sharing and the Pin

  20. Great ideas Chas! I’m partial to the one with the hat because I have the same one. Can’t wait to try πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Sara, and I love reading which ones are everyone’s favorites

  21. Ahh, the magic of paint!! Love the plaid one especially, adorable Chas!

    1. Thank you so much Jenna, and it’s so fun to learn which ones are everyone’s favorites.

    1. Thank you so very much Terrie, I love hearing which ones speak to everyone too!

  22. Chas, so many clever and fun ways to use a plastic pumpkin! Although I’m surprised you didn’t share your 7th idea I pinned earlier this week — using them as heads for your trio of witches. I have an 8th idea to add that I’ve done in the past — use them as Halloween party favors, filling them with retro treat like wax fangs and witch finger lollipops.

    1. You’re so right Debbee! I should have added the witches. Will update that now, and thanks for the tip. Thanks for sharing your idea as well. There were more ideas in the video too, I just didn’t post them all πŸ˜‰

  23. Good Morning Friend!
    You are super creative and super fun! Love them all, but totally smitten with the plaid!
    Happy Hopping with you:)!
    Jemma

    1. Thank you so much Jemma, and I’m enjoying learning everyone’s favorites.

  24. It’s amazing what you can do with those plastic pumpkins! My favorite is the faux concrete with the witches hat. It looks like real concrete! Such great ideas! It was fun hopping with you πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, this has been so much fun learning what everyone’s favorites are.

  25. Oh my gosh this post was a smash hit. Six ideas in one post. I don’t know which one I like most. I think the white one with the hat. I feel like such a slacker for only having one idea in each post. haha!

    1. Thank you so much Andrea, and loved learning which one might be your favorite. Don’t feel bad, that was always part of the challenge Hometalk gave me … 5-6 things in one video πŸ™‚

    1. You are just too sweet, thank you so much Carol πŸ™‚

  26. Chas, you are so crazy creative! My favorite is that first one with the witch hat! I don’t know how you always continue to come up with so many creative ideas!

    1. Thank you so much Chloe, and I’ve loved learning which one is everyone’s favorite.

  27. I must admit that I have wondered what to do with Plastic Pumpkin Buckets! There are some really good ideas here. You are so creative!

    1. Thank you Amy, It’s fun to come up with says to use things outside the box.

  28. I love this post! And what cute and absolutely clever ideas! Great use of those plain old pumpkins! You are one of our features this week on The Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Congrats and thank you for sharing!

    1. You are so very sweet, thank you so much Annmarie! I’m so pleased you like the post and I’ll see you at the next party.

  29. I love them all Chas! I think the red plaid is my favorite though. Pinned. Thank you for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens.

    1. Thank you so much Kim, and I love hearing what everyone’s favorite is

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