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DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

dIY hot glue painted pumpkins

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Are you ready for an easy fall DIY? Today I’m showing you how I upcycled these pumpkins using hot glue and paint to make a cozy fall tablescape. Scroll down to see how I made these DIY hot glue painted pumpkins. And for more pumpkin inspiration, check out my friend’s posts below because we’ve got a pumpkin roundup!

The first leaf fell off the tree outside and Rick made fun of me because I started transforming our home into all things fall. This past weekend, I lit my fall candles, made a bundt cake and switched up our dining room decor for a fall tablescape. I found these faux pumpkins I had from last year. I wanted a little more of a muted neutral palette so decided to give them an upgrade with glue and paint. Here’s what I did.

DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

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Using hot glue, I made a few little designs. I had some leftover split wooden beads from my DIY beaded wreath and added those as well. I let them dry completely before painting.

DIY hot glue painted pumpkin DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

Then I painted them using acrylic paint. I did a total of 3 coats, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies and allowing them to fully dry between each coat.

Look what a little glue and paint can do!!!

DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

I put together this fall tablescape using some decor that I had laying around my house.

DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

I love to see what you create so be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest


You can shop some of my decor below

cake stand


amber vases

For more of my favorite fall ideas check out

Best of Fall DIYs, recipes and decor

best of fall diys, decor and recipes  

And for more pumpkin inspired projects, check out my friends posts below!


IkornCrafts - Hello Pumpkin Wreath

Anne at Ikorn Crafts is sharing her DIY for this fun mesh fall wreath.


Blue Sky at Home - fall-pumpkin-wreath

Carol from Blue Sky at Home is sharing her DIY for this festive pumpkin wreath

Shop at Blu dollar tree diy door decor

Sue from Shop at Blue is sharing a festive Dollar Store Pumpkin Wreath

Adorn the Table-DIY-Pumpkin-Place-Card-Holder

Nicole from Adorn the Table is sharing her adorable pumpkin place card holders

South House Design - Copper and Silver Mini Pumpkins

You’ll never guess how Diane from South House Designs made these metallic pumpkins

Stephanie from Gathered in the Kitchen is sharing the DIY for these adorable farmhouse fabric pumpkins

Fifth Sparrow No More Thanksgiving Centerpiece in a firkin

Kristin from Fifth Sparrow No More created this beautiful fall center piece in a FIRKIN (what’s a FIRKIN?)

Our Tiny Nest DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

Nicolle from Our Tiny Nest shows you how to make these cute pumpkins with a secret tip – click on the photo to find out how easy tip.

A Loverly Life - Decoupage Pumpkin

Juliet from A Loverly Life is sharing her Moondance inspired Decoupage Pumpkin.

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  • Reply
    September 2, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Those pumpkins are the CUTEST! Thank you so much for your inspiration!

    Happy fall!


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    September 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Nicolle, what a unique way to craft a look for a pumpkin. Super simple and cute idea.

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    September 3, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    The bumpy pumpkins are just the best pumpkins! Such a cute DIY – thank you for sharing them on the blog hop.

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    August 17, 2022 at 9:41 am

    What a cute idea! I can’t wait to try it out this fall, saving this post for later!

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    August 17, 2022 at 10:31 am

    What a fabulous DIY idea. Can see a family craft day near Halloween for this one.

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    Jenna S.
    August 17, 2022 at 11:48 am

    So stinking cute! Maybe a good project to try with my little ones this fall.

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    Deanna | Life By Deanna
    August 17, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    So cute! I’ve been looking for some crafts to do this fall so will add this one to the list 🙂

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    Meagan Trento
    August 17, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Cute pumpkins. Adding hot glue is such a great idea to give the pumpkins a more gourd look them too. Very creative.

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