It seems that there is a Dollar Store Styrofoam Pumpkin Makeover idea everywhere you look this time of the year. Simple ones, complicated ones, sweet ones and spooky ones. I recently used these little $1 wonders for a precious pink pumpkin baby shower. Full details here. Like the majority of the styrofoam pumpkin makeover processes, mine began with painting. I choose to spray paint mine and thought I would share my tips and lessons learned.
Essential items needed Styrofoam Pumpkin Makeover
- styrofoam pumpkin(s)
- spray paint
- popsicle sticks or skewers (one for each pumpkin)
- cardboard box
- scissors or box cutter to make small slits in the box
- Remove green stem from the pumpkin. I was able to pop them off easily with a little gentle pressure and some twisting. You can paint these separately and reattach or simply discard if using another type of stem or decoration for the top of your pumpkin.
- Insert a popsicle stick into the bottom of the pumpkin. The pumpkins I used were from Dollar Tree and they were hollow, so I had to be careful not to shove the stick too far in. Leave enough exposed stick to hold onto and to place into box.
- Cut/poke small slits in the cardboard box just big enough to insert the popsicle stick and hold it securely. Spread the slits out so that no pumpkins touch each other.
- Place pumpkins on sticks in the slits to hold them while you work on one at a time.
- Hold by the stick and spray one light coat all around the pumpkin. The beauty of this method is that you can spray all sides at once without waiting on half to dry and then painting the other half. Make sure that the bottom of the pumpkin does not touch the box when you put it back to work on the next one.
- Continue adding light coats until the pumpkin is the desired color.
At this point, there are countless ways to complete your Dollar Store Styrofoam Pumpkin Makeover. I chose to add a tulle bow and silk flowers to mine with hot glue.
As I mentioned, I used this pink pumpkins for a baby shower, but they would also work for a first birthday party, a breast cancer awareness event or just for a touch of feminine decor.
Do you plan on painting any styrofoam pumpkins this year? If so, what are your plans to embellish them?
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