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DIY Light up Pumpkin made with a plastic Coffee Can

Updated: Nov 7, 2023



Fall is quickly approaching, which means we have to start creating all sorts of fun pumpkins. I'm always looking at everything to see how I can transform it into a pumpkin! 😄 I'm always getting creative here at The Twirling Feathers, and I felt we could create an adorable Light up Pumpkin with this plastic coffee container. I've seen a few done on other sites, but I gave it my own twist and made it a little more whimsical. I hope you give it a try!



I got my container and removed the label. I used my pumpkin orange spray paint to spray the container, including the lid. I gave it a couple of coats of paint, letting it dry between coats.





I used a PVC pipe to hold it while I painted it, but you can use anything like a branch or a dowel; this is just what I had handy at the time. 😊


Don't forget to paint your lid too!



Once it's dry, I drew a face on him! He's coming to life! 🎃 Yes, it did scrape some of the paint, but that's okay; you will be painting it black!


This is the Black I used.


Go ahead and paint his face in with black. It's starting to look pretty cute!



I like to tone down the orange a bit, so I used Burnt Umber. I use a very light, watered-down amount, just enough to make it a little grudgy

See, very light, just enough to tone it down.


Then I used a little white to give his face some highlights.


I also took my black and added some eyelashes.


I made sure everything was dry before I moved on to the next step.


If you have been following me for a while, you know how much I love using cinnamon for that rusty effect, so I did the same thing here. I sprayed some adhesive spray and then sprinkled cinnamon, not very heavy because I didn't want to hide the face, just a light shake here and there. I also did the lid too.

Then I took some sealer and my copper glitter and sprinkled it on.


Don't forget the Lid with this step also.




I added some moss and used this cute chunky wood stem.


I bought these at Hobby Lobby, but you can use a branch or anything else that might make a good stem.


This is the one I used.


I used hot glue to place everything on.




I used these battery-operated twinkle lights and put them inside and popped the lid on.



There you have it! It is just so cute. I hope you have fun making these. I'm thinking a snowman might be coming next with one of these containers. 😄 Come join us on Facebook,

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