How To Add a Stem to a Dollar Store Pumpkin

Happy Friday!  As I was decorating my main living area for the upcoming fall season, I noticed how ugly the dollar store pumpkins a...

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How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

As I was decorating my main living area for the upcoming fall season, I noticed how ugly the dollar store pumpkins are. I do not call a lot of things ugly, but for some reason I could not get past the stubby stem on top of the pumpkin...it bothered me CRAZY. Since it bothered me so much, I decided to do something about it. 

Dollar Store pumpkin

Using newspaper and masking tape as my weapons of choice I decided that I would tackle this problem like if I were to make a form of some sort. 

Tutorial on How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

First, I wrapped the newspaper around my finger (not shown....it is kind of hard to take a picture of that). After I loosely wrapped it around my finger, I placed the wrapped newspaper on top of the stub, I mean stem, to get the measurement correct. 
How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

Then, I started to twist the paper in the direction I wanted it to go in...twisting tighter and tighter as I reached the tip of the newspaper. Feel free to take the newspaper off the stem so that you have a bette grip when twisting the newspaper.

How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

After I twisted  the newspaper form I tapped all around it to stiffen it. 

How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

Once the form is completed feel free to paint/spray paint it to your desired color and adhere it with hot glue...OR adhere it to your unfinished project and spray paint pumpkin all at one time with DIY stem attached. 
How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

How to add a form like stem to a faux pumpkin so that it can look realistic

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37 comments

  1. This is so clever! I never get dollar store pumpkins because I think they're so ugly, but this is such a simple DIY I might have to tackle it for my own holiday decorating. Thanks for sharing the tip!

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    1. Thanks!... I had to do something, it was an eyesore.

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  2. What a great idea!!! I might have to try it. Your stems look so much better than the dollar store one.

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  3. What a great idea! I love fall decorations!!

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  4. Pumpkin season, yay! I just got a mini pumpkin yesterday, no stem addition required luckily!

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  5. This is a fabulous idea for upgrading those poor little pumpkins. I'm definitely keeping this in mind for when I drag out all our fall and Halloween stuff!

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  6. Great idea Jess! I find even with real pumpkins, it can be hard to find a good stem on them! Thanks for the idea! xox

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  7. This is such a great way to make an inexpensive pumpkin look nice. I will definitely be back for more tips!

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  8. I did this last year and my damn dog ate them when I left them on my back porch. He's such a jerk.

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  9. Great Idea, very creative touch to something that is plain.

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  10. So creative and easy. I'll have to remember this.

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  11. Great tip! I love this!

    www.truncationblog.com

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  12. Ahhh good job! You make anything and everything looks just fab!!! :D

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  13. These are so cute! I love this idea!

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  14. This is a really smart idea! I love reading Dollar Store hacks! They save so much money!

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  15. great idea! I would love to have a goldish pumpkin but I dont have a Dollar Store here :(

    xx
    Dominika
    http://www.dominika.co

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  16. I love that you personalized your pumpkins and frankly I wouldn't even think of spray painting them so just that is a great refresh too! It looks like I'll be going to Home Depot for some spray paint this weekend!

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  17. So clever!! Love it! I can't wait to try this! :D

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  18. What a creative girl you are! Love it.
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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  19. Now this is a real cool decoration hack! And so cheap! Your pumpkins look gorgeous!

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  20. Well this is a great idea. I will have to remember this when we are doing up our pumpkins this year! So fun, and such a clever idea! - Jeanine

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  21. What a totally clever idea! You just took a dollar store find and made it your own. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. They turned out awesome!! I definitely agree that the longer stem makes it look better :)

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  23. I never would have thought about doing this! What a good idea :) I love quick little tricks to make inexpensive items look a little fancier!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  24. What a great idea. I'm excited to start decorating for Fall and Halloween

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  25. What a great idea! Love decorating on a budget! I am itching to get out my fall decor, but it is way to hot here to do it yet!!

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  26. Jess this adorable! I bought the same pumpkin at the Dollar Store and painted it and put it on my Fall Tablescape! Love it! May have to steal for Halloween!

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  27. Those look so cool! You would never think you got them at a Dollar store...looks more like Pottery Barn.

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  28. If I'm going to do crafts I need great directions like these. Great idea and easy to follow!

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  29. Wow this is so clever, I would never have thought to do that - probably because I am the least crafty person alive :) Definitely look better than the original store bought versions!

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  30. Jess, you are such a diy genius! I love remaking dollar store finds, and this is a great idea!

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  31. This is such a cute idea! I have some dollar store pumpkin crafts coming up too!

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  32. Love how cute they turned out! I might need a trip to the dollar store to get pumpkins! I'm currently in the process of decorating for fall. :)

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  33. This is so clever! Those stems were pretty wimpy...
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

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