Faux Terracotta DIY from Dollar Tree Pumpkins

I LOVE the look of pretty terracotta, especially the pumpkins in the fall! They can be pricey though, so when I saw these inexpensive plastic pieces on a Dollar Tree end cap I thought I’d try a faux terracotta DIY from Dollar Tree pumpkins!

orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin from Dollar Tree wit $5.00 price tag

Pumpkin prep…

First off I know I want to add some paint and I’ll be using Anita’s acrylic in Moccasin Brown. I’m painting the yellow areas on the eyes, nose, and mouth as well.

orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin being painted with Anita's acrylic paint in Brown Moccasin
orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin being painted with Anita's acrylic paint in Brown Moccasin
orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin painted with Anita's acrylic paint in Brown Moccasin

Adding some age…..

Now I want to give the pumpkins an aged look by adding some white and I’ll do that using a clear spray top coat and then just plain old flour from the kitchen!! I’ll work in small sections, spraying the top coat on, and then sprinkling on some flour. I found that if I let the spray dry briefly before adding the flour it was an easier process. I tapped the pumpkin to knock off excess flour. Make sure to complete this step outside with plenty of ventilation.

Rust-Oleum brand clear top coat in matte
orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin painted with Anita's acrylic paint and then sprayed with Rust-Oleum top coat
orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin painted with Anita's acrylic paint and then sprayed with Rust-Oleum top coat, the sprinkled with flour

Notice how the flour is on the plastic piece behind the eye? I removed the plastic afterward, but if doing this again I would take it out beforehand. I initially thought I’d keep the plastic inside, but the residue from the spray and flour is just too hard to remove.

orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin painted with Anita's acrylic paint and then sprayed with Rust-Oleum top coat, the sprinkled with flour
orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkin painted and treated to look like terracotta

What do you think of our faux terracotta DIY from Dollar Tree pumpkins so far?? I’m loving the look!! If you do find that you’ve added too much flour for your liking you can paint back over it. You’ll just have a little rougher texture.

bottom of jack-o-lantern style pumpkin and plastic piece that's been pulled loose

Here’s a pic of that piece of plastic from inside the pumpkin. I popped the bottom off and then used some pliars to pull the plastic out. Just an FYI, one pumpkin was definitely easier than the other because the plastic was already loose inside. Once I had the plastic out, I re-inserted the bottom (it has a spot for batteries and a light bar attached) and used hot glue to keep it in place.

bottom of jack-o-lantern style pumpkin and plastic piece re-attached on bottom
Faux Terracotta DIY from Dollar Tree Pumpkins
Faux Terracotta DIY from Dollar Tree Pumpkins

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