Buffalo Check Pumpkin

Dollar Tree Pumpkin

This months theme on Ten on the 10th is Pumpkins. Which I love! I mean who doesn’t love pumpkins, fall leaves, and cooler weather? Today I’m sharing an easy, low cost way to make a Buffalo Check Pumpkin.

A great big shout out to this months hostess Anne from The Apple Street Cottage. She rocks!

I found this pumpkin and these metal words at the Dollar Tree awhile back.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I picked them up anyway!

wooden pumpkin, paintbrush, paint

The pumpkin was cute, but not quite the look I was going for.

I removed the raffia and the silver leaf.

Once that was done, I flipped it over.

paintin a pumpkin white

Then I gave it two coats of white acrylic paint.

blue tape, pumpkin

When the white paint had dried really well, I created vertical stripes using blue tape.

painting buffalo pumpkin

Then, I applied 1 coat of black acrylic paint.

Before the paint completely dried, I gently remove the blue tape.

painting checks

Once the vertical stripes had dried, it was time to create the horizontal stripes.

Tape off the stripes , then paint.

buffalo check pumpkin

Ta Da!

Full disclosure, I had planned on covering the pumpkin with buffalo check scrapbook paper.

However, I ran short on time and decided to paint instead of going shopping.

Scrapbook paper would be a great alternative to painting!

dry brush pumpkin

Now I wanted a little more definition, so I dry brushed every other square using white acrylic paint.

painting pumpkin stem

Next, paint the stem.

I had to do a couple of coats to get great coverage.

To give it a little pop I added a little gold to the stem once it was dry.

Sorry, I thought I had a picture but no!

Buffalo check pumpkin

Once the pumpkin was painted, I added a cute bow and glued the tin “welcome” onto the bottom!

So what did my Buffalo Check pumpkin cost?

Pumpkin $1.00

Welcome sign $.33 ( it was a set of 3 for $1.00)

Paint and ribbon – free! I already had them in my stash.

Total cost: $1.33

Ten on the 10th

Now please join me in visiting my fellow Ten on the 10th bloggers. They are so talented and I can’t wait to see all of their fabulous ideas!

Ann – The Apple Street Cottage
Patti – Pandora’s Box
Terrie – Decorate & More With Tip
Carol – Bluesky at Home
Kathy – Up To Date Interiors

Buffalo Check pumpkin

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  1. Tammy I just love this welcome sign. I have three of those pumpkins and the wording. I am just going to have to make me an orange one like yours. I just love your work and inspiration. Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy Fall my sweet friend!

    1. Terrie I have to say that I debated on what color to make my pumpkin! The only thing I would do different is switch the placement of the stripes colors. The black on the end is bugging me! LOL Yes, like that’s the only thing to worry about here at the castle. Have a great week my friend!

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