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Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue

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Learn how to create festive and fun Decorative Pumpkins Made with Hot Glue from this quick and easy tutorial today. Most of the supplies for these 3D pattern pumpkins can be found at Dollar Tree. Paint the pumpkins any color combination you choose, metallic just happens to be a trendy vibe this year. Give these hot glue pumpkins a vintage finish with some watered-down paint or leave them bright and shiny. When crafting the choices are ALL YOURS!

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

Upcycle Dollar Tree Pumpkins with Hot Glue and Paint

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

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Materials Needed for Hot Glue Patterned Pumpkins:

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How to Create Decorative Pumpkins with Hot Glue:

Step One

Create designs on Dollar Tree plastic pumpkins with your glue gun and glue sticks.  I designed polka Dots, Drips, and a Spiderweb. I recommend a Low Temp Glue Gun for this project because you don't want to melt those plastic Dollar Tree pumpkins!

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

Step Two

In a well-ventilated area, or outside base coat pumpkins with flat white spray paint.  Let dry. I prefer Design Master ColorTool for the primer coat because it is super matte and covers all types of surfaces completely.

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

Step Three

Once the base coat is dry, spray each pumpkin with a different metallic.  Polka dots received a coat of Gold, Drips were painted Bronze and the Spiderweb was sprayed with Silver. Spray paints by Design Master ColorTool are my go-to for plastic and foam because they provide opaque coverage without melting the plastic and foam. Regular spray paint will melt some plastics and foam, creating holes and divots in the surface.

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

Step Four

Once the basecoat is dry, apply a topcoat of Americana Charcoal Grey acrylic paint diluted with water, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies with a one-inch wide paintbrush.  Remove most of the grey paint with paper towels, then set aside to dry. I use this process with both grey and dark brown acrylic paint to antique all the things. This step is messy, so don't be afraid to get some paint on your hands!

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

Quick and Easy Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue

This was such a quick and easy project, I made all three pumpkins in just 15 minutes! Hot glue (in hot and low-temp versions) is such a fun medium to experiment with. Grab some items from the Dollar Tree or from the recycle bin and create something today.

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

Taking something (kinda ugly) like those bright and shiny Dollar Tree pumpkins and transforming them into vintage-inspired metallic pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do.

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

I hope you will use my Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue as a jumping-off point to showcase YOUR creativity. Spending just 15 minutes being creative can change you whole outlook on the day. Get the kiddos involved and have some family craft time!

CRAFT LIGHTNING DECORATIVE PUMPKINS MADE WITH HOT GLUE CREATIVELY BETH

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Too busy to make Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue are quick and easy, going together in just 15 minutes right now? Pin it for later!  I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

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I'd love to hear what you think about this project, or if you want to know more about Dollar Tree Crafts. If you've made your own pumpkin projects, I would love to see your creations! Share them on Instagram, and Facebook, or leave a comment/photo on the project pin on Pinterest! #CreativelyBeth

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24 thoughts on “Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue

  • Oh my… what a little glue can do! This turned out so cool! And the metallics are such a great touch!

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

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    • WOW! Thanks a bunch, Donna!!

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  • Who knew hot glue could accomplish so much. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Yes, Janet, you just have to start with a hard plastic pumpkin! The hot glue will melt the foam ones!

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  • Pumpkins came out very cute! Great idea.

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    • Thanks a bunch!!

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  • What a great new way to decorate pumpkins! I’ll be featuring them on Sunday’s Happiness is Homemade. Thanks for sharing there & on Crafty Creators!

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    • YAY!! Thanks for the feature Niki!!

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  • How did you get the glue to be so thick on the lines? Also, tip for the glue stringing after you make the design? Thanks!

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    • Go slower for thicker glue gun lines and I didn’t use a detail tip. I just picked them all off with my fingers. Happy Crafting, Holly!

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  • Beth,
    These pumpkins are SO COOL!!! I don’t know how you come up with these things but it’s seriously incredible. Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!!

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    • Thanks a BUNCH, Rachel, glad you enjoy how easy they are to make!

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  • This is such a cool idea! I love the colors, too. Visiting from Crazy Little Lovebirds linkup.

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    • Yes, Jennifer, and super easy as well!

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  • So creative… this would be a stunning addition to any fall/Halloween tablescape! I can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Oh, Yes, Laura! Such a great idea!!

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  • Beth, wonderful job on these decorative pumpkins! It’s always a pleasure having you join us over at Crazy Little Love Birds link party. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. 🙂

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    • Thanks Stephanie – They are so incredibly easy to make, too!

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  • These are so super cool, Beth! Kind of a steam punk vibe! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! You’ll be featured at this week’s party! Pinned!

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    • Yes, totally steampunk, Julie! I didn’t even see that before but you are so right! THANK YOU!

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  • Wow, Beth, that is such a cool transformation! I love those! I’m happy to tell you this post will be featured tomorrow at Thursday Favorite Things. 🙂

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    • THANK YOU Pam! Super quick ad easy too!

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  • These are just too cute. I love steampunk! Hope I can pick up some clearance pumpkins after Halloween!

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    • FABULOUS idea, Kathy! The bigger the better!

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