Low Dollar or No Dollars DIY Project... A Milk Jug Pumpkin

I wanted to add a pumpkin outdoors to add to my Fall decor..
I had looked at them at the stores, but they were either very small, or in my opinion expensive for
something that is just going to sit there for a month and get tossed.

So I decided I would come up with something.. and debated on what to do.
I saw the newly emptied milk jug, and a new DIY project was born.

The No Dollar Pumpkin Project.

I got out a piece of scrap fabric, some paint, craft wire, twine, and some silk leaves.

I gathered the fabric up around the top of the jug and tied it off pretty tightly.
I used a piece of craft wire, but could use string/twine as well for this, anything that would
hold it securely.

Then I added a twine bow with a couple faux leaves that I had placed under the twine
to hold them in place.

Then I got out my acrylic paints and basically painted it imperfectly! :0)
I painted orange streaks on the bottom portion, and black on the top.

(You can weigh your "pumpkin" down by filling the milk jug with rocks, dirt, water, or whatever if you are using it outdoors like I am so the wind doesn't blow it away)

I had everything on hand.. so cost Zero.
It's unique, and has a cute country crafted kind of look. :0)

You could probably use spray paint etc.. if you wanted a more uniform paint color on the 'pumpkin' - but I kind of like the messy streaks look on this one.
Which do you prefer (uniform color/streaky look)?

linking up at:

Craft O Maniac Monday Link Party,
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Inspire Me Tuesday,
The scoop, DIY by Design,
Style Sisters, Create or Bake it, Wow Me Wednesday,
Flaunt it Friday
Fall Junkers United


  1. Definitely my kind of crafts. I love these idea. How fun. I would love for you to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. Party goes live at 2:30 PT. www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

    1. Hello Marty,
      I just linked up with you over at Inspire Me Tuesday!
      Thanks for stopping by.


    2. Love it! That is two times I have been inspired today! I just so happen to have all the supplies as well! I love no dollar crafting and shopping!! Thanks for sharing!

    3. No dollar crafts are some of the best.. :0)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Very resourceful Tina, and I think I like the messy streak look too. Thanks so much for joining our bloglovin blog hop today. So happy to have you!


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