Weathered Plastic Pumpkin Totem Pole


You know those bright pumpkins you always see at the store? Those cheap ones that are only about $1 a piece? What if I told you that those could create an amazing Pumpkin Totem Pole?!Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!

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So you know I am a huge fan of a quick and easy decoration that you don’t need to store until next year. While this one isn’t quite as cheap as the Spiderweb Wreath, it won’t hurt your wallet and can be created in an afternoon.

What you need to make your Weathered Plastic Pumpkin Totem Pole:

  • Cheap plastic pumpkins as many as you want – handles removed.
  • Black ink.
  • A foam brush.
  • Damp paper towels.
  • Some sort of weight. (I used a refilled water bottle)
  • Hot glue gun and glue.

You can get your ink at Michaels!speedball-super-pigmented-acrylic-ink

To make Weathered Plastic Pumpkins:

You can skip this and go straight to building your pumpkin totem pole. However, I love the way they look weathered…Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!Pour yourself a little bit of the black ink, have your foam brush handy and a few dampened paper towels. You want them wet, but not dripping. Start by painting with your ink down the creases of the pumpkin. Then add a light coat over the whole thing.Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!You won’t need much ink. Usually, one dip of the brush can cover the whole pumpkin! Paint in vertical strokes and make sure to add the ink all the way up to the rim. Once your pumpkin is covered immediately take your damp paper towel and wipe off most of the ink. Use a downward swipe from the top to bottom. Work your way around the entire pumpkin.Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!Then start the next pumpkin! Here is a quick video tutorial!

Building your Weathered Plastic Pumpkin Totem Pole:

Play around with the order of your pumpkins until you like your stack. Place something heavy in the bottom pumpkin.Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!We just filled up a used water bottle with water and threw it in there. If you are placing yours somewhere that might get a lot of wind you could add a few bricks etc. Then as you stack your pumpkins add a few beads of hot glue around the seam where the two pumpkins meet.Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!Again, depending on your location of the decoration is how much glue you will want to use.

This thing is seriously cute!
Create a fun pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!Then find a good spot for your weathered plastic pumpkin totem pole! Since my kiddos are still pretty young we don’t do too many scary Halloween decorations so this works out perfect for our family.

Take it up another notch!! This was My Man’s idea so I have to give him credit… Using an Exacto knife I cut an X in the bottom 5 of the 6 pumpkins. Then one whole out the back of the one at the base. Create a fun lit pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!Add in some white lights and bingo… It glows at night!Create a fun lit pumpkin totem pole for a quick and easy Halloween decoration! DiY instructions for making your own weathered plastic pumpkins too!

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These are seriously cute!!  I’m going to put mine outside our front door to welcome trick or treaters!


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