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Plastic Pumpkin Centerpiece

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Is there anything better than a cheap DIY that doesn’t look cheap? I definitely don’t think so! This plastic pumpkin centerpiece is so inexpensive and easy!

Easy plastic pumpkin centerpiece DIY text overlaid on an image of a white pumpkin with red and yellow flowers sticking out of it.

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I love that this centerpiece doesn’t use a real pumpkin. As much as I love real pumpkins and want to bring them in my house, they always seem to mold in this Southern California heat! It you live in a cooler climate than real would look fabulous too.

White pumpkin with red and yellow flowers and greenery sticking out of it.

You can have a little spooky centerpiece without the fear of the pumpkin rotting! Plus, this is way cuter than a carved pumpkin anyway.

Plastic Pumpkin Centerpiece

All you need to do is buy one of those plastic pumpkin candy buckets. You can get these at Walmart or Dollar Tree.

A hand holding a plastic pumpkin, half is green and half has been painted white

These pumpkins come in bright colors, so you’ll need to paint it. I went with an antique white, but I think these would look great in gold or black!

I recommend spray paint, I didn’t have any on hand, so I used acrylic paint. This works, but you have to be careful.

aerial view of a white pumpkin with a mason jar in the center holding red flowers

You need two coats of the acrylic paint and if you’re not careful on the second coat it starts to peel. So you need a gentle hand if you decide to go with acrylic.

aerial view of sunflowers and red flowers and greenery coming out of a white pumpkin

Once you decide on your paint color, you’ll just need to decide on the flowers you want to go inside. I picked up a bouquet of flowers at Sprouts. Something with yellows and those auburn red-y oranges, it felt very fall.

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Plastic Pumpkin Centerpiece

Plastic Pumpkin Centerpiece

This is the easiest centerpiece using a plastic pumpkin from Walmart and is perfect for fall!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20


  • Plastic Pumpkin Candy Bucket
  • Mason Jar or other cup
  • Bouquet of Flowers
  • Paint


  • Scissors


  1. Cut off the holder part of your basket.
  2. Paint your pumpkin. Spray paint will work best, but you can use acrylic pain in a pinch.
  3. After the paint is dry, place a mason jar with water into the bucket.
  4. Arrange flowers into the mason jar.

If succulents are more your style be sure to check out this succulent pumpkin perfect for Thanksgiving!

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