Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue
Hey Fall Hey! I am participating in Craft Lightning Hot Glue week by showing you how to create decorative pumpkins made with hot glue. You can make and decorate just about anything with hot glue! In fact, my crafty friends Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts wrote a book to show you how to make 50 projects. Want to learn more about the book? Be sure to read on to find out where to get your own copy and see even more great hot glue crafts from all the creative designers participating for Craft Lightning this week!
Upcycle Dollar Tree Pumpkins with Hot Glue and Paint
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How to Create Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue:
- Dollar Tree Pumpkins – these ones were shiny and not so attractive
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Low Temp
- Metallic Spray Paint – Design Master ColorTool – Silver, Bronze, and Gold
- Flat White Spray Paint or Primer – Design Master ColorTool
- Americana Acrylic by DecoArt – Charcoal Grey
- Americana Decor Paint Brush – 1″ wide
- Paper Towels
- Cardboard or newspaper to cover work surface
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!
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 completely across all types of surfaces.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
My Decorative Pumpkins made with Hot Glue are quick and easy, going together in just 15 minutes! If you liked my project, be sure to check out Angie and Carolina's book…
Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts
Do you love how easy this project is? Perhaps you want even more project ideas with hot glue? Well, I have the book for you! Angie from the Country Chic Cottage partnered with Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts to write a book all about hot glue to bring you projects just like this one. They are using hot glue in ways that you never thought possible. Hot glue shoes? Oh yes! And so much more!
So are you ready to dive in and use your glue gun like never before?
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Even more Hot Glue Crafts!
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8 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!
WOW! Thanks a bunch, Donna!!
Who knew hot glue could accomplish so much. Thanks for sharing.
Yes, Janet, you just have to start with a hard plastic pumpkin! The hot glue will melt the foam ones!
Pumpkins came out very cute! Great idea.
Thanks a bunch!!
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!
YAY!! Thanks for the feature Niki!!