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DIY Shabby Vintage Burlap Pumpkins

How to give inexpensive Dollar Tree Burlap Pumkins A Shabby Vintage Makeover With Chalk Paint and Vintage Embellishments Chalk Painted Pumpkins DIY


It’s almost the middle of September, and I am going fall crazy over here! Today I spent the day chalk painting pumpkins and in between drying times I have been decorating for the Harvest Home Blog Hop which begins next Tuesday! This coming Saturday I am going junkin’ at the Country Living Fair, which means I won’t be able to do any crafting or decorating that day, so I am really rushing to get things ready now! I wanted to use the burlap pumpkins in some vignettes for the tour, so I hustled and finished some today and I am so glad I did. Now I am excited to show you how you can make some DIY shabby vintage burlap pumpkins too. They turned out so pretty and even though I have tons of other things to do, I am heading back to Dollar Tree tomorrow to buy a few more. Just take a look at these beauties! I need a whole bucket full! This post is sponsored by DecoArt and contains affiliate links for your convenience.


Now I’ll  show you how easy it is to take some “so-so” burlap pumpkins to “wowza!” in just about 30 minutes (plus drying time).  These chalk painted burlap pumpkins are super easy my friends!

I never know when inspiration will hit, but I love just looking around at the Dollar Tree to see if I can find anything for fun and inexpensive projects. I found several “potential” pumpkins that I wanted to make over. I just received my shipment of DecoArt Chalky Finish chalk paint earlier this week so I was excited to get started!

Today I worked mainly on the burlap pumpkins. While they are still cute the way they are originally, I didn’t like being able to see the styrofoam through the burlap, so that gave me the idea to try painting them. The only thing I did to prep the pumpkins was remove any long stringy pieces of hot glue that must have been originally left over from the where the stem was glued on, and I also removed the stems to make the pumpkins easier to paint.

How to transform dollar store pumpkins with chalk paint and vintage embellishments

To remove the stem you just have to gently pull it out. Some of the burlap may come off, but if that happens you can hot glue it back down. It will not be noticeable after the pumpkin is painted.
Decoart Chalk paint in whisper and everlasting awesome chalk paint for DIY

I am using a lot of neutrals in my fall decor, so I chose to paint my pumpkins with Decoart chalky finish chalk paint in Whisper (white)  and Everlasting (antique white).

Easy chalk painted burlap pumpkin tutorial

I simply just started by loading up my paint brush pretty thickly and painting away.  A regular paintbrush will work fine, but the sponge brush worked well for squishing the paint down in the areas where the styrofoam was showing.

I had four pumpkins, so I painted two in Whisper (right)  and the other two in Everlasting (left).  I love this chalk paint!  I wanted the pumpkins to look shabby, rustic and distressed, so I did not give them total coverage.  Chalk paint dries rather quickly on hard surfaces, but the fabric takes a little longer. I just set my pumpkins to the side to dry and did some decorating while I waited.

After they dried I reattached the stems. First I glued any loose burlap down along with the stems. I really didn’t mind the brown stems how they were, but I added just a bit of Whisper paint to make the stems a little more natural looking.

Once the stems were secure it was time for the fun part…vintage embellishments!

I collect vintage keys so I had plenty in my craft stash.

Beautiful Burlap Pumpkin Chalk Painted Pumpkin with vintage key

For my first pumpkin I just tied on a single antique skeleton key. So simple!

For the rest I was wanting some vintage style word charms, so when I found these Tim Holtz Idea-ology charms I knew they would be perfect.



Gorgeous collection of DIY chalk painted pumpkins decoart TIm Holtz charms

There are several more word charms in the package, but I chose “Artful” and “Wander” for two of the other pumpkins. I wanted them all to be a little different.

Beautiful Artful charm diy chalk painted burlap pumpkin shabby chic fall decor


Gorgeous Chalk Painted pumpkin with vintage key and wander charm shabby chic

I chose keys that were pretty close in color and patina to the charms. I love this look!Gorgeous brocante altered shabby chic farmhouse pumpkin burlap painted pumpkins with vintage key altered pumpkin

Gorgeous display of shabby chic brocante burlap chalk painted pumpkins on ironstone platters fall decor shabby chic fall decor ideas

The crafting is finished and I am very pleased with my shabby vintage burlap pumpkins! But, now comes the hardest part…where to style them? I do hope you’ll come back next Thursday for my fall home tour to see where they end up. Right now your guess is as good as mine! If you love fall decorating and vintage style you certainly won’t want to miss the tour. We are giving away a door prize too! Hope to see you there!

Have you been doing any pumpkin painting? Please share in the comment section below. I would love be inspired by you too!

Happy pumpkin painting!

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  • Reply Joanna

    Those are seriously cute! I love them.

    September 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    These are awesome! I went to the largest Dollar Tree near us – which is an hour a way and cleaned them out! I love how these turned out!


    September 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      They were so fun! I did a couple of DIY videos on my fb page too if you want to take a look. I can’t wait to make more!

      September 24, 2017 at 2:05 am
  • Reply Beverly

    I just love your burlap pumpkins. I hope I can find some of those at our Dollar store. I am featuring you at Thursday Favorite Things tomorrow.

    September 21, 2017 at 1:45 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I am so excited!

      September 22, 2017 at 2:20 am
  • Reply Erin

    Headed to Dollar Tree right now. Love them!!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Awesome! I am going to be sharing some other types of painted pumpkins this week too if you want to check back in. Thanks for visiting!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Rhonda Hallstrom

    These are so stinkin cute!!

    October 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks so much Rhonda! They are fast and easy!

      October 5, 2017 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Rebekah Purnel

    Just appreciate your DIY works. My kids love pumpkins craft but I never make pumpkins crafts. I have to try to make pumpkins crafts because of my kids. Thanks

    October 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I will try to share more pumpkin crafts this month. I hope you will stop back by. Thanks for visiting!

      October 6, 2017 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Carrie Ditton

    These look adorable! Pinned! This week we are hosting our very first Whisk It Wednesday link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too! Thanks, Carrie

    October 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! Just linked up!

      October 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking

    Thank you for sharing your pumpkins on Whisk It Wednesday this week. Enjoy your weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us and come back soon!

    October 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      You are very welcome! Linking up again this week. Thanks for hosting!

      October 25, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Candice

    These pumpkins are super cute! Love them!

    August 29, 2019 at 9:35 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you! They are one of my favorite diy projects. Thanks for visiting!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Marie

    These are so pretty Amber and love how you embellished them. One would never know they came from Dollar Tree! You are my feature at next week’s Talk Of The Town party 🙂

    August 29, 2019 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    I’ve embellished some of these dollar store pumpkins, too. Love how yours turned out, Amber. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    September 1, 2019 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Kim @Serving Up Southern

    Hi Amber!
    I love these pumpkins! I agree with Marie; one would never suspect they were Dollar Tree pumpkins. You are one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering party! Thanks for sharing!
    >>> Kim

    September 3, 2019 at 11:20 pm
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    These pumpkins are so pretty and creative! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. Your post was one of my features this week! Also, I will be pinning and sharing on Instagram stories this weekend. Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!

    September 6, 2019 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    So cute and such an easy idea! Thanks for sharing at SYS this past week. <3 Pinned.

    Happy fall,
    Barb 🙂

    October 2, 2020 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Of course you have keys that match the patina of the charms. Love it. So cute!

    October 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Absolutely love these Amber! Shared to FB and pinned to try myself! thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens!

    October 4, 2020 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I need to spend more time at the Dollar Store! These are the cutest Amber. I am pinning these in hopes of doing this project soon!

    October 7, 2020 at 4:27 am
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