A store bought pumpkin gets a vintage vibe!


It’s still super hot here in Texas but I can’t wait until September 22 (first official day of fall) to start transforming my decor.  Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.  Did you notice the emphasis there?  I’m telling you my house looks like Hobby Lobby threw up all over it during the fall months.  I can’t help it.  It’s the cooler weather, the leaves, the clothes, the not sweating just after you get out of the shower, and of course, the decor!  So in honor of fall being on it’s way, I’m sharing how a store bought pumpkin gets a vintage vibe!

I want this pumpkin to be unique and different so I can’t just leave it in its original orange.  That doesn’t say decorator/blogger/fall goddess.  And it certainly doesn’t say vintage farmhouse fabulousness.  So here is a list of what you’ll need to achieve this unique vintage look.


Store bought plastic pumpkin
Fabric Doily
Knob or drawer pull
Paint of choice (I used American DecoArt in a chalky finish)
Sponge paint brushes
Fabric Glue (Crafter’s Pick was my choice)
Hot glue gun and glue stick

Supplies needed for a vintage inspired pumpkin


You’ll want to first remove the stem.  Each pumpkin is different but with this one all I had to do was untwist it.  Now you can start the fun part of painting it.  A vintage pumpkin doesn’t have to be white.  It can be cream, gray, pale blue, green, pink or even yellow.  I want white so it took about 4 coats of paint.  I could’ve purchased white pumpkins but they were double in price and since I am painting anyway, I went the cheaper route.

Paint a store bought pumpkin white for a vintage look

After you are happy with how the paint looks and it’s fully dry, it’s time to glue on the doily.  Put fabric glue in the most solid areas of the doily and on the edges too.  I dabbed a little all over the entire piece but had a solid line of glue on the top, in the middle, and on the edges of the doily.  Try not to overdo the amount of glue.

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When you lay the doily on the pumpkin, line up the center hole from the doily with the hole where the stem use to be.  Don’t forget to gently push the doily in the creases of the pumpkin.

Glue on a fabric doily or a vintage looking pumpkin

The finishing touch is to add the knob.  You can simply insert the knob or hot glue it in if you want it to be permanent.  Isn’t it fantabulous?!  It has the vintage vibe I was striving for and a softness even with the added texture!

Vintage inspired pumpkin wiht a doily and knob

Below is another video for my new library!  I wanted to name it “Look Ma, no man hands!” because you don’t see my man hands like in the first video.  But I chickened out.  I feel it isn’t very professional and someone might come across it one day and think it’s about a girl who replaced her hands with doll hands or hooks or something.  Not about a vintage inspired pumpkin.  Anyway, let me know what you think and don’t forget to like and share it.  You know – since I’m vying for Internet Sensation!  😉

Here’s the Video!












  1. Lisa Ward
    August 16, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Love, love, love!!!!! You have done it, again! I cannot wait for the next one!

    • August 16, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Well I hope you never regret saying that! Thank you, it makes my whole week to read that.

  2. August 16, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    What a beautiful DIY project and your instuctions were perfect! I may have to use this idea! Thanks for sharing! Blessings~

    • August 16, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Glad to know! Thank you Pam for visiting my blog and the kind words. Have a great week!

  3. JaneEllen
    August 17, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Really love how your vintage pumpkin looks. Was thinking of painting mine either aqua or gray to make something decorative. We don’t do Halloween around here, no kids, all grandkids all grown up. Haven’t purchased any off those plastic/foam pumpkins before but this will be great reason.

    • August 17, 2017 / 12:26 am

      I think either of those colors would be lovely! And I use my pumpkins up until Thanksgiving dinner! I’m actually painting a few more – a pale teal, pale blue and a buttery yellow. I can’t help myself. Thanks for the compliments and visiting my blog!

  4. August 17, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Your pumpkin is sooo cute! I love it! Of course, I had to pin it. 🙂 When you have time, you’ll have to check out the sparkle pumpkins I made a few years ago back in California. I’m actually out here in Texas now, too. Loving the change… except for chiggers… ugh! 🙂

    Happy fall is around the corner and decorating for it, too.
    Barb 🙂

    • August 17, 2017 / 12:43 am

      Welcome to Texas ! Where are you located? I will definitely check out your sparkly pumpkins – looking forward to it. Thank you for the compliments and for visiting my blog.

  5. August 25, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    That is such a gorgeous makeover. I have seen painted pumpkins before but the addition of the pretty doily on top really takes it to another level Cindy. And the knobs are just the icing on the cake.

    • August 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Awww. Thanks Mary- that means a lot. Happy Friday!

  6. August 25, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Love this idea and you showed how easy it really is. I have knobs stashed in a closet so I feel a trip to Hobby Lobby coming soon.

    • August 25, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Haha. I always feel a trip to Hobby Lobby coming on! Glad you liked it. Thank you Stacey