October 26, 2013

Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Makeover

Happy almost-Halloween, everyone! It’s Jenn from Endlessly Inspired again. If you’ve missed my previous guest posts, you can check them out herehere and here. I love all the great feedback we’ve been getting from these posts. Nice comments always make my day!

Have you ever had an idea, and it looks so perfect in your head, and then when you go to actually do it, it not only turns out as well as you had pictured, but actually even better?

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Yeah, me either. Until today, and this pumpkin bucket makeover. It looks so completely different than what it started as, it was easy, and I got to recycle a bunch of stuff in the process. I could not be happier with the way this turned out. That almost NEVER happens to me, so I may or may not be doing a little happy dance.

Anyhoo, enough about me, let’s get to the action.

Supplies:
Plastic pumpkin bucket
Old newspapers, plastic bags, paper, etc. for stuffing the pumpkin
Duct tape
Spray paint
Hot glue gun
Burlap {I used burlap fabric, which is crazy cheap, but if you don’t feel like cutting burlap — because it can be a giant pain in the tookus — you can always use burlap ribbon instead}
Needle and thread {optional}

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Around this time of year, you can hardly walk into a store without seeing one of these plastic pumpkin buckets. Every time I am in a thrift store, I see them for less than $1 {this one was $.69 at Goodwill}. And actually, now that trick-or-treating is almost done, you may have one lying around the house, begging for a little Extreme Makeover Pumpkin Edition action.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

To get started, you’ll want to remove the plastic handle and stuff the pumpkin with whatever you have. I used old newspapers and some of the approximately 4,987,382 plastic grocery bags that we have in the closet. Whatever you use, you want to really pack it in there, because you’re creating a little dome on top, to make it look like it’s the shape of an actual pumpkin.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

 Once you have everything jammed in there, tape it down with some duct tape.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Because burlap is a pretty wide-weave fabric, you’ll be able to see through it, so cover it with a coat of spray paint. I happened to have white on hand, but you could use whatever neutral color you have. And because you’re covering it up, you don’t need to make it look perfect, just try to mostly cover up the orange.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Here’s one of those moments where things worked out even better than I had thought. I had originally planned on using a bunch of twigs or a branch as the stem, but then I was moving a pumpkin that my son had painted, and I dropped it and the stem broke off. As I was about to throw it in the trash, I looked at it and thought, “Wait a minute!” So I hot glued that bad boy on top of the pumpkin, and did another happy dance. {My kids are so embarrassed of me, there aren’t even words.}

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Now it’s time to wrap your pumpkin. I cut my burlap into ribbon about 2 1/2″ wide {check out this great tutorial to learn how to create your own burlap ribbon}, and just glued them up near the stem {don’t worry about getting it too close, you’re going to cover all that up in a few minutes} and then down again at the bottom.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Move over a bit and overlap your next strip with the first one, and again glue it down at the bottom.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Just keep wrapping your strips all the way around the pumpkin, covering up all the white.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

When you’re done, you’ll have a bit of a mess at the top {and on the bottom, but no one will see that — although if you’re really worried about it, you can cut a circle of felt and glue it to the bottom to cover everything up}. Get some thick jute cord and start wrapping and gluing it around the base of the stem.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

I had to go around twice to cover up all the white at the top of mine, but you can do as much or as little as you want. When you feel as though you have enough, just cut the cord and tuck it under the part you already wrapped.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

 To make the little flower, take a 1 1/2″ strip of lighter colored burlap and form it into a pleated circle. I held it together with a few little stitches right through the middle, but you could glue it if you prefer.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

I then created a jute rosette {you can see my tutorial for how to make those here}, glued that onto the flower, and glued the whole shebang onto the pumpkin. And he was all done!

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

 Can you believe that used to be a cheap orange plastic bucket?!? It’s kind of crazy to think about.

Upcycle a dollar store plastic pumpkin bucket into a gorgeous burlap-covered pumpkin!

Thanks again to Julie for letting me be the DIY contributor for White Lights on Wednesday. I love having the opportunity to share some fun DIY ideas each month! For more from me, visit my blog, Endlessly Inspired, and follow me on PinterestFacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Comments

  1. says

    Are you kidding me…this is probably the best pumpkin makeover ever!! How clever to use those old plastic pumpkins! I’m definitely stealing this idea for next year! Pinning too! I’d love to invite you to share this at our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge going on now. This week’s theme is pumpkins! This would be an awesome addition and a feature, for sure! http://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/get-your-diy-on-pumpkins-features/
    Hope to see you there!
    XO,
    Christy

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