13 Hacks To Save Money on Fall & Halloween Decorating DIYs


In this article, the focus is on 13 pumpkin bucket hacks for fall or Halloween. The background information provides a detailed explanation of each DIY project, using two styles of pumpkin buckets – one from Ace Hardware and one from Walmart.

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The DIYs include making a drainage hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, replacing the handles with a stronger material, adding a solar light to create a pumpkin lantern, painting the pumpkin white, adding witch stockings for legs and hands, using Dollar Tree’s rub-on transfer letters to transfer a message onto the pumpkin, creating a cookie/treat jar, making a large pumpkin topiary, using a candlestick to create a pumpkin candlestick vignette, cutting out a Jack O’Lantern’s face and painting it with a metallic or shiny paint, and creating a pumpkin planter with a broomstick and creepy cloth.

Key Takeaways:

  • The article provides 13 pumpkin bucket hacks for fall or Halloween.
  • The DIYs use two styles of pumpkin buckets – one from Ace Hardware and one from Walmart.
  • The DIYs include adding drainage holes, replacing handles, using solar lights, painting the pumpkin, adding witch stockings for legs and hands, using rub-on transfer letters, creating a cookie/treat jar, making a large pumpkin topiary, using a candlestick to create a pumpkin candlestick vignette, cutting out a Jack O’Lantern’s face, and creating a pumpkin planter with a broomstick and creepy cloth.
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Pumpkin Bucket Lantern

In this DIY project, the pumpkin bucket is transformed into a beautiful lantern. The first step is to make some drainage holes in the bottom of the pumpkin bucket using a drill or a box cutter. Then, remove the handles and replace them with a stronger material such as Dollar Tree Garden chain or Roper twine.

Next, pick up a solar step light from Dollar Tree and place it inside the pumpkin bucket. If solar step lights are not available, any outdoor battery-operated light would work, preferably on a timer. This creates a beautiful pumpkin lantern that is perfect for lighting up outdoor spaces during fall or Halloween.

For the second idea, paint the pumpkin bucket white and cut down a little piece of a pool noodle into small strips. Pick up two of Dollar Tree’s witch stockings and cut them away from the little hoop. Stuff them with the pool noodle and glue them to the bottom of the pumpkin bucket. Cut the feet of the second pair of witch stockings into mittens or hands and add a hat. This creates a cute and fun pumpkin decoration that is perfect for outdoor decorating during Halloween.

Another simple but impactful idea is to paint a pumpkin white and transfer whatever message you want using Dollar Tree’s rub-on transfer letters. Add a lid to create a cookie or treat jar, and decorate it with a coffee lid or a doorknob.

For a larger pumpkin decoration, grab a larger pumpkin from Dollar Tree and remove the stem. Paint the pumpkin white and pick up two pumpkin buckets. Paint one yellow and grab a planter, a foam wreath form, and some brown moss. Glue the wreath form to the planter and add the moss. Glue the pumpkins together and add the Dollar Tree pumpkin stem. This creates a beautiful pumpkin topiary that is perfect for outdoor decorating during fall or Halloween.

For a lantern decoration, grab a Dollar Tree Candlestick and glue the pumpkin bucket to it. This creates a beautiful vignette that is perfect for decorating front porches or indoor spaces during Halloween.

To create a Jack-o-lantern decoration, pick up a pumpkin and use a box cutter to cut out the face. Paint the inside of the pumpkin with a metallic or shiny paint and paint the outside with any color of your choice. Add some Dollar Tree Leaf florals and flameless candles to create a warm and cozy decoration that is perfect for fall.

For the final idea, create a creepy pumpkin decoration by making drainage holes in the pumpkin bucket and adding a planter or coffee tin. Cut down a piece of pool noodle and add a Dollar Tree broomstick to it. Add a creepy cloth and hot glue the pumpkin bucket to the top. Customize the decoration with Dollar Tree ribbon and wire to create a unique and spooky pumpkin decoration.

Pumpkin with Legs

In the video, Megan shares a DIY for creating a pumpkin lantern with legs. The first step is to make drainage holes in the bottom of the pumpkin using a drill or a box cutter. Then, the handles are removed and replaced with a stronger material such as a Dollar Tree Garden chain or Roper twine. A solar step light is placed inside the pumpkin bucket to create a beautiful pumpkin lantern. If solar step lights are not available, any outdoor battery-operated light can be used, preferably on a timer.

Another idea is to paint the pumpkin white and add witch stockings to create legs. The feet of the stockings can be cut into mittens or hands, and a hat can be added to complete the look. This DIY can be done with an orange pumpkin as well, and a witch hat can be glued to the top.

For a simple yet impactful DIY, a pumpkin can be painted white and Dollar Tree rub-on transfer letters can be used to write a message such as “trick or treat.” A coffee lid can be used as a lid to create a cookie or treat jar.

To create a large pumpkin topiary, a larger pumpkin from Dollar Tree can be painted white and two pumpkin buckets can be painted yellow. A planter, foam wreath form, and brown moss can be used to create a base for the pumpkins, and they can be glued on top of each other with moss covering the cracks. A Dollar Tree Candlestick can be used to create a vignette with a pumpkin glued on top.

To create a Jack o’lantern, a pumpkin can be cut with a box cutter and painted on the inside with a metallic or shiny paint. Dollar Tree Leaf florals and flameless candles can be used to style the Jack o’lantern.

Lastly, a pumpkin with drainage holes can be used to create a witch’s broom. A planter or coffee tin can be used as the base, and a pool noodle can be cut and hot glued to the bottom. A Dollar Tree broomstick can be inserted into the pool noodle, and a creepy cloth can be added on top. Ribbon and wire from Dollar Tree can be used to create a collar for the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Utensil Holder

For this DIY, she suggests making a utensil holder using a pumpkin. All you need to do is paint a pumpkin white, add a jar inside the pumpkin, and add your utensils for a subtle Halloween or fall decor.

This is a simple and easy way to add a neutral fall-ish Halloween touch to your home. Megan suggests that jack-o-lanterns are more of a fall decoration, but they can also work for Halloween.

To make a larger pumpkin topiary, you’ll need a larger pumpkin from Dollar Tree, two pumpkin buckets, a planter, a foam wreath form, and some brown moss. Glue the wreath form to the planter, glue the moss to the wreath form, and then start gluing and adding your pumpkins, gluing as you go. When you finish, you will have cracks in between the pumpkins, but you can cover that up with some brown moss. Add back your Dollar Tree pumpkin stem, and you have a really large pumpkin topiary that is perfect for outdoor decorating for Halloween or fall.

For a more subtle Halloween touch, Megan suggests using a pumpkin as a utensil holder. It’s a simple and easy way to add a neutral fall-ish Halloween touch to your home.

Large Pumpkin Topiary

In the video, Megan shares a DIY idea to create a large pumpkin topiary for fall or Halloween decor. To make this topiary, one needs a large pumpkin from Dollar Tree, a planter, a foam wreath form, and some brown moss.

First, remove the stem of the pumpkin and paint it white. Then, paint two pumpkin buckets, one yellow and the other any color of choice. After that, glue the wreath form to the planter and add brown moss to it. Next, start gluing and adding the pumpkins to the wreath form and finish by covering the gaps between the pumpkins with brown moss. Finally, add back the Dollar Tree pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.

This DIY is simple and affordable, costing only three dollars for the pumpkin. The final product is a large pumpkin topiary that can be used for outdoor or indoor decor.

Pumpkin Candlestick Vignette

One of the DIY ideas shared in the video involves creating a pumpkin candlestick vignette. To make this, one can grab a Dollar Tree candlestick or any candlestick and hot glue a pumpkin to it.

A taller candlestick can also be used, or two Dollar Tree candle holders can be glued together. This creates a beautiful vignette that can be placed on a front porch or near a fireplace for Halloween or fall decoration.

Jack O’Lantern with Florals

Drainage holes are made in the bottom of the pumpkin using a drill or a box cutter, and the flimsy handles are replaced with something stronger like a Dollar Tree Garden chain or Roper twine. A solar step light from Dollar Tree is placed into the pumpkin bucket to create a beautiful pumpkin lantern. If the solar step lights are not available, any outdoor battery-operated light preferably on a timer can be used.

For the next idea, the pumpkin can be painted white or left as is, and witch stockings from Dollar Tree can be cut and stuffed with pool noodle or plastic grocery bags to create legs. The stockings are then glued to the bottom of the pumpkin, and the feet are cut into mittens or hands. A witch hat from Dollar Tree or a similar store can be added to complete the look.

Another simple idea is to paint a pumpkin white and transfer letters from Dollar Tree’s rub-on transfer letters to spell out a message like “trick or treat.” A coffee lid or a doorknob can be used as a lid for the pumpkin to create a cookie or treat jar.

For a larger pumpkin topiary, a larger pumpkin from Dollar Tree is painted white, and two pumpkin buckets are painted yellow. A planter, a foam wreath form, and brown moss from Dollar Tree are used to create the topiary. The pumpkins are glued to the wreath form, and the cracks in between the pumpkins are covered with brown moss. A Dollar Tree pumpkin stem is added to complete the look.

To create a lantern, a pumpkin is glued to a Dollar Tree Candlestick or any Candlestick, and a taller Candlestick or two Dollar Tree candle holders glued together can be used to create a vignette.

To create a Jack O’Lantern with florals, a pumpkin is cut with a box cutter to create the face and painted with a metallic or shiny paint on the inside. Dollar Tree Leaf florals and flameless candles are added to complete the look.

For the last DIY, a pumpkin with drainage holes is used, and a planter or a coffee tin is covered with a pool noodle and a Dollar Tree broomstick. A creepy cloth is added, and the pumpkin bucket is glued to the top. Ribbon and wire from Dollar Tree can be added to personalize the look.

Pumpkin with Broomstick

One fun DIY idea for fall or Halloween is to create a pumpkin with a broomstick. To start, one needs a pumpkin with drainage holes in the bottom. This can be achieved by using a drill or a box cutter. The pumpkin can be painted or left as is.

Next, a planter or a coffee tin can be used to create the base. Cut down a piece of pool noodle to the size of the planter and glue it to the bottom. Then, insert a Dollar Tree broomstick into the pool noodle.

To add a spooky touch, a creepy cloth can be wrapped around the broomstick and pumpkin bucket. Personalize the pumpkin by adding a ribbon or collar around its neck. This DIY is easy to make and adds a fun touch to any fall or Halloween decor.

Hanging Pumpkin Planter

To create a hanging pumpkin planter, the first step is to make drainage holes in the bottom of the pumpkin using a drill or box cutter. Next, remove the handles and replace them with a stronger option like a Dollar Tree Garden chain or Roper twine. Then, pick up a solar step light from Dollar Tree and place it inside the pumpkin bucket. If solar step lights are not available, any outdoor battery-operated light on a timer can be used.

For a different look, the pumpkin can be painted white or any other color and decorated with Dollar Tree’s rub-on transfer letters to spell out a message like “trick or treat.” To turn the pumpkin into a cookie or treat jar, a coffee lid can be used as a cover.

For a larger pumpkin topiary, a larger pumpkin can be painted white and two pumpkin buckets painted yellow. A foam wreath form and brown moss can be used to create a planter, and the pumpkins can be glued onto the form. A Dollar Tree pumpkin stem can be added back to the top of the pumpkin for a finished look.

To create a candlestick pumpkin, a Dollar Tree Candlestick can be used to glue the pumpkin onto. For a spooky Jack-o’-lantern, a pumpkin can be cut with a box cutter and painted with metallic or shiny paint on the inside.

Lastly, for a hanging pumpkin planter, a pumpkin with drainage holes can be used with a planter or coffee tin. A piece of pool noodle can be cut to the same size as the planter and hot glued to the bottom. A Dollar Tree broomstick can be inserted into the pool noodle, and a creepy cloth can be added with hot glue to cover the planter. A ribbon and wire can be used to decorate the pumpkin’s neck.

Overall, these pumpkin bucket hacks are great ways to decorate for fall or Halloween on a budget.

Kim Lazaroe

Hi, my name is Kim. I've always enjoyed making crafts for each holiday and season throughout the year. My fond memories are making crafts with my mom or helping my dad build something around the house. Now I get to create new crafting memories with my daughter and husband as well as share my knowledge and experience in crafting with the world. Hope you enjoy my site.

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