Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing.
I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I know is not worth an arm and a leg. Take faux pumpkins, for example. I’ve been like a cat on the prowl looking for some faux pumpkins to add to my fall decor for over a year now. You’d think they were solid gold with the price-tags they boast! So, I held out for that deal I knew was out there. Lo and behold, I finally found it as part of the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club. As a club member, I have access to their gallery of craft, recipe, and home decor projects, which are all on a Dollar Tree budget (my kinda budget). Projects also include printable shopping lists, as well as tips for how to carry out projects from start to finish. Oh, and faux pumpkins and gourds? $1 each. In typical Dollar Tree fashion!
So, in exploring the project gallery, I immediately knew I needed to try my own variation of their Studded & Glittered Pumpkins. The thought of creating glamorous pumpkin decor for just a few dollars felt like a challenge this stubborn shopper was up for! (I love me a good challenge.)
So, I went on a Dollar Tree shopping spree:
Here’s a collection of the goodies that I brought home for this project:
And here’s the paint I pulled from my ever-growing stash to help inspire some transformations!
The only spray paint I purchased for this project was Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint. I had been looking for an excuse to add this spray paint to my collection for a while now, and this project seemed like the perfect opportunity to splurge.
Before we get to the pumpkin fest, I have to share that when shopping at Dollar Tree, I had a rare moment of brilliance and thought that it might be fun to DIY my own fancy pedestals as a way to display my Glitter Glam Pumpkins. The candlestick holders and pillar candle plates underwent a major transformation with just a few coats of my Looking Glass spray. (I used the whole can to cover all these pieces in 5 thin coats.) And I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the outcome. They even have a vintage “mercury glass” look to them, which makes them all the more glam-fabulous!
Looking Glass Spray turns any glass surface into a mirror…like magic!
And then, the Amazing E-6000 adhesive was all I needed to glue the plates atop the candlesticks (that stuff is no joke; be sure to wear gloves and keep the area well-ventilated). I flipped the third candlestick upside-down to create two pedestals at different heights. The glue just need to cure for 24 hours, and it was set!
And here are the pedestals in action with some pumpkins on display! I feel like they instantly took my fall decor from so-so to Oh-No-You-Didn’t!
So, now, let’s dive into the pumpkin and gourd decor I tackled. The Studded & Glittered Pumpkins project in the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club gallery served as a great jumping off point for me. It inspired me to think outside the box and to try different “glam” methods on each pumpkin.
Here were the different methods I used:
- Glitter-Dipped Pumpkin and Gourd: I used Mod Podge on the bottom half of my pumpkin and gourd, coating them in gold glitter. I used the Shellac Spray to seal them and keep the glitter from getting ev-ery-where (as glitter is apt to do).
- Glitter Polka-Dotted Pumpkin. I used Silhouette brand double-sided adhesive that I had on hand from my DIY Photo Booth Props project to create the glitter gold polka-dots on this pumpkin. Does it remind you of a Vintage Purse I once made-over, hmmm?
- Studded Pumpkin: This one is my husband’s fave – – and it also happened to be the easiest to create. I decided to leave my gold thumb tacks their original color and just pushed them into my styrofoam pumpkins in studded lines. Check out the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club for more tips on this method.
- Chalkboard pumpkin: I really liked the look of the black-and-white pumpkin on the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club project gallery, so I painted a few coats of chalkboard paint on one of the mini-pumpkins. Then, I used a chalkboard marker to draw tiny stars. I think this pumpkin will transition well through Thanksgiving and maybe even to Christmas!
- “Gather Together” Pumpkin & Gourd: My last set are a bit more muted compared to the glittery, metallic pumpkins, but I think they’re still glam in an understated Audrey Hepburn kind of way. You feel me? I used my Silhouette machine to cut out some vinyl text reading, “gather together,” placing each one on the remaining mini-pumpkin and gourd. Then, I spray-painted over-top of them. After they were dry, I peeled away the vinyl to reveal the text in orange script. They served as fitting decor for our food table at the Costume Party we recently hosted.
And here are our Glitter Glam Pumpkins on display on their looking glass pedestals, adding some elegance to the drinks station at our Costume Party:
I’d consider this mission of pumpkins-and-pedestals-on-a-budget…accomplished!
I’m eager to see what new projects the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club shares in November…I have a feeling, another Dollar Tree run will be in order for this stubborn shopper!
How about you, dear reader? Do you refuse to splurge on items you know you can find for less somewhere else? If so, try signing up for the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club. Not only will you have access to the inspirational project gallery, but you’ll be privy to insider info. Since joining the Club in early October, I’ve received 5 emails with sneak peeks at their holiday catalog, members-only deals, and savings tips. As someone who really tries to keep a close watch on how much I’m spending on craft supplies, I really appreciate the Dollar Tree’s focus on frugal fun.
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