Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino

So I am beginning a new segment on Beauty in the Mess: Crafts and DIY. This fits for two reasons. 1) I love crafts and this finally gives me a reason to dust off all those ideas and make them. 2) At least for me, crafting is creating beauty from mess–you should see my dining room table right now. My husband is not going to be happy…

Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy LifeRight around this time last year we bought our first house. Fall rolled around and we did not put a single decoration up because we were too busy trying to figure out which box the mixer was in and where on earth I decided to hide my social security card for safe keeping.

Winter rolled around and it was the same deal. We didn’t even get a Christmas tree because we were visiting his parents in Mexico for the entire holiday season. So we have no decorations and next to no money to decorate, because of course after we had gutter guards put on out house and the landscapers take care of the jungle that had become our back yard, my tire collapsed and the electricity went out in one wall.

That and, well, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on craft supplies or decorations. So I’m going to help you (and me) create cute decorative pumpkins out of commonly found objects and 1 inexpensive purchase. And this is an easy craft that anyone can make! So without further ado:Β Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy Life

  • 1 plastic cup–I need one of those? Oh darn. Guess I’ll have to run get a mocha frappuccino. Anything for an excuse right? If cold Starbucks drinks are not your style, I also nabbed a couple plastic cups from Speedway. You can also use cardboard or styrofoam cups, but I chose plastic because it’s less likely to get dented.
  • 2 domed lids–The dome is the important part here. It’s what’s going to give your pumpkin that nice pumpkin-y shape. Like my technical term there?
  • Durable scissors–You might wonder why I say durable? Well this part broke all of a minute after this pic was taken.
  • Random rocks–We use river rocks as a part of our landscaping, so I grabbed a few of those. You could also go to a river…
  • Twigs–I beg you, please don’t hurt the trees. Go for a walk! You’ll find plenty on the ground πŸ™‚
  • Tape–I chose Duck Tape because it sticks to the plastic really well, but feel free to use whatever kind of tape you have laying around.

Now that you’ve taken a walk to Starbucks and picked up your sticks, we’re ready to begin. I started with the base. I grabbed a dome lid and tape over the hole. I threw in a couple river rocks to give it a little weight and keep the whole thing from tipping over when someone walks by. Then I taped over the rocks to hold them in place. Next, I cut the plastic cup to the height I wanted and taped the bottom of the cup to the base.Β Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy LifeNow for the stem, I grabbed a twig and the other dome lid. You want the twig to pop out of the lid by at least a couple inches or you won’t be able to see it. I found the best way to tape it in place was to make slits and wrap the wings around the twig. See below:Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy Life

I taped all around the twig on the inside and outside. Then I popped the lid on and taped it in place too.Β And the body is done! It doesn’t look great, but it doesn’t have to. No one will see it. πŸ˜‰Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy Life

Now for the fun, pretty part… and the money. I bought one yard of plain orange fabric at Walmart for $2.27. With that one yard I made all three pumpkins now sitting on my entryway table. You’re welcome to go as fancy as you like with the cloth–halloween prints or silk, if that’s you’re style–I was just going for cheap. I cut a square of cloth that when folded measures a little longer than the cup is tall from middle to flat side. Like so:Β Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy Life

Then I stuck my cup in the middle of the square and gathered the fabric around the twig. I found it was easiest to gather all four corners and then pull in the center pieces. Now if you want to go real fancy, or if you have a touch of OCD like me, you can pull all the fabric so that it pleats in the same way. I used a piece of orange yarn to tie it all together, but this won’t be seen so use whatever you have on hand–a hair tie, a twisty tie, one of those annoy hanger straps that I cut off because they always show.Β Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy LifeFor a final touch, I trimmed the extra at the top.

Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy Life

And voila! You’ve got yourself a beautiful decorative pumpkin!Β Feel free to experiment with other shapes and sizes to grow your own pumpkin patch.

To decorate my entryway table I added a little sparkly ribbon ($2.79 at Walmart), a few pretty leaves I picked off the trees, and a couple candles we’d won at a White Elephant exchange a few years back. I was thrilled with the result. I hope you will be too!

Make Decorative Pumpkins for $3 and a Frappuccino - The Busy Life

What are your decorating plansΒ for this fall?Β 

By | 2015-09-15T13:53:00+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Crafts & DIY|53 Comments

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  1. Lyn @ MidMichiganMom September 12, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I feel a sudden urge to go to the coffee shop! What a great way to repurpose something we would normally throw away. Thanks for sharing with us on Welcome Home Wednesday! We would love to see you again next week!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks for having me! I will definitely be back πŸ™‚

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  3. Sacha September 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing with us, this amazing and beautiful idea to decorate our personal space (home or office)

  4. Victoria Eaves September 11, 2015 at 3:51 am - Reply

    How creative and clever! And really adaptable to different Holidays, at least Easter πŸ˜‰ And yes, any excuse to get a frappuccino is a good one, LOL

    • Megan Gonzalez September 11, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

      That’s a great idea to use it for those holidays! Thanks Victoria!

  5. Lauren Ivy Chiong September 11, 2015 at 12:19 am - Reply

    I really like these–they are “minimalist” but festive, and they’d make a great centerpiece too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 11, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

      They would be perfect centerpieces. I am also going to be making a larger one to set near the fireplace. (And I’m sure the style will get much less minimalist as the years go by, but I’m just starting out.)

  6. Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper September 10, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    These are adorable and easy enough for the non-crafty like me! I love DIY projects that re-purpose items and since I have a slight addiction to Starbucks πŸ˜‰ I just might have a few of these cups on hand!

  7. Samantha @HealthyWifeys September 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness these are TOO cute! I love how easy they are to make and considering how frequently I go to Starbucks, I’ll have all the supplies for an entire pumpkin patch by the end of next week! Love it!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 10, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Samantha! I love my little patch and I’m planning to expand!

  8. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog September 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    These are so cute! (And you can’t beat the price!!) Great job, Meg!

    ~Abby =)

  9. Amy Dowling September 10, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    So cute! I love upcycled crafts. Super easy and looks great!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      That’s such a great term–upcycle. I will have to remember it for future posts πŸ™‚

  10. Jonathan Key September 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    What a really creative idea! So cute!

  11. Erin September 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Wow! Thank you for posting this idea! I love that it’s inexpensive and super cute! I’ve wanted to get festive for my toddler and he would love to “help” make these! Pinning this for reference!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      This would be a perfect craft for toddlers Erin! It’s hands on without being too messy and there’s not a lot of ways to go wrong. I hope he and you have a great time together making the pumpkins πŸ˜€

  12. Becki Santiago September 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    This is so creative and love that it’s cheap (and gives me and excuse to get another Dunkin iced coffee)! Thanks for sharing.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting Becki. I’ll be posting about other inexpensive, but adorable crafts so keep checking in for your next project!

  13. Danielle September 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    This is an awesome reason to go to Starbucks…I mean, this is an awesome idea! I love it, it’s sooo cute πŸ™‚

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you Danielle! It’s such a fun and easy craft for all ages. And I agree, it really does turn out cute πŸ™‚

  14. Sheryl September 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I love inexpensive ideas and I can never have enough pumpkins in the house. I also love your complete table decor – pumpkins, photograph, vases and branches!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you Sheryl! This is the first time I’ve really gotten to decorate my own space. It’s so exciting!

  15. Rene D September 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    What a super cute idea!! Now I have a reason to go buy Starbucks LOL.. I usually just make coffee at home but this time of year Starbucks has the BEST flavors πŸ™‚ thanks for such a sweet idea.

  16. Marie with September 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Love this and it looks like even us non crafty people can do it

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      That’s my goal whenever possible. I want to provide craft ideas that everyone can made and afford.

  17. Jessica September 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I love tutorials that are cute,simple, and inexpensive! You cannot even tell that these were homemade. love it.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      That is so awesome to hear! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Jessica. Stay tuned for more cute, simple, and inexpensive tutorials πŸ™‚

  18. Claire Schell September 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    So cute! Also a great way to recycle!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Absolutely! I love finding ways to repurpose things πŸ™‚ Thanks Claire!

  19. Nichole @CuppaGeek September 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Those are fantastic! We are going to have to make those with my mom soon! She will love those.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      My mom is not crafty at all, but when she looked at this post, she said “Even I could make those.” I told her I knew. I’d wanted the tagline of the post to be “If my mom can make it, so can you.” It’s awesome that you’re able to do crafts with your mom! I hope you enjoy Nichole πŸ˜€

  20. Crystal @ Dreams, etc. September 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    These are really cute! Sounds like a fun project. πŸ™‚

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Crystal! They were definitely a fun project πŸ™‚

  21. Krysten September 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Those are so cute, what a great idea!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you Krysten! They were a lot of fun to make too! And once I got the hang of it, it only took me five minutes to whip one up πŸ™‚

  22. Nakeya September 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    What a neat idea. It’s a perfect DIY to do with the kiddos as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      You could also make it even easier for kiddos by just using a 2-litter bottle. It won’t quite have the same round shape, but depending on their age, you might not want them sawing at plastic with scissors! Just be sure to put some sand, marbles, or pebbles in the bottom so it’s not easily knocked over.

  23. Marissa September 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Fun and easy… my kind of craft. Add in an excuse to stop at Starbucks and I’m in.


  24. andi September 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    i’ll take the frappucino, please πŸ˜€

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      My order is a venti mocha frappuccino, no whip. Sometimes when I want to make it fresh I’ll add a shot of peppermint. What’s your drink of choice?

  25. Tanya C. {@Treats by Tanya} September 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this cute fall craft, I’m saving your page now to do with my students later. Hooray for domed shape lid crafts! πŸ™‚

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      That’s awesome! This is will be a great and easy craft to do with students πŸ™‚ And yes, who doesn’t love a good dome-shaped lid?

  26. Shelly September 9, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    What a cool idea! Now you have me thinking about all the different possibilities with my SBUX cups. I’m using one now! #PSL 😊

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      I figured making a pumpkin out of PSL cups was the perfect way to go!

  27. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness September 9, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Those pumpkins are darling!! I need some fall decor in my house. Great idea!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you Chrissa! I was in sore need of inexpensive, but cute decor too. Stay tuned for more DIY decor ideas πŸ˜€

  28. Susan September 9, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

    This looks easy enough even I could do it!

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