Cottage Core Pumpkin with Chalk Paint and Ribbon

If you’re ready to celebrate fall but would like something softer than the traditional bright orange and deep burgundy colors that you usually find, then this project is for you! Give your orange pumpkin a cottage core makeover with Dixie Belle’s new Weeping Willow Chalk Mineral Paint.

A green pumpkin on a table with a plant.

This DIY is super easy, and it is adaptable to whatever color combination you love best! Dixie Belle’s chalk mineral paints are so easy to use and they blend beautifully to create the perfect custom color to match your decor. But before we jump into the process, here is some mandatory legalese:

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Tools and Materials

Cleaning & Prepping

I like to start every project with a good cleaning with White Lightning. This TSP-based product effectively removes all dust, dirt, and grease and provides a solid foundation for the paint.

White Lightning Cleaner mixed in a jar with a toothbrush and a blue scrubber

I rinsed the pumpkin thoroughly after cleaning it and let it dry overnight.

To help ensure the best possible final product, I also prime every project. This piece was primed with Boss to ensure that any manufacturing dyes wouldn’t seep through to the surface paint. I’ve experienced bleed-through before and it left a lasting impression, to say the least.

Thrift Store Pumpkins Primed with Boss

There’s nothing quite like getting to the end of a project that you’ve poured your heart and soul into, only to have dark streaks appear after you apply the clear coat. The moral of the story? Just prime it.


Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint is my absolute favorite paint because of how easily it applies. A damp paintbrush and a spray bottle turn this rather thick mineral paint into a smooth and creamy mixture that spreads easily over the surface. If you’re seeing brush strokes then the paint is too dry. If you’re seeing bubbles, then you have too much water. The Goldilocks method is always the way to go.

A green pumpkin on a table next to a brush and paint.

The hardest part about painting this pumpkin was getting the top painted without knocking the piece off of the paint pyramids. My favorite paintbrush, the Mini-Angle Brush, may have been a bit large for this project. I applied one coat and waited an hour for it to dry. Then I applied a second coat and let it dry overnight.

The next day, I sealed the pumpkin using a small round brush and Clear Coat in Flat. I love the Flat Clear Coat because it is a true flat sheen that allows the paint and any details to shine instead of the Clear Coat itself.

A pumpkin on a table next to a brush and paint.

The Clear Coat was left to dry overnight. Then it was time to bring the final vision together!


I discovered chiffon ribbon when I was searching for ribbon for my daughter’s wedding. I just love the sweetly frayed edges and the beautiful colors. This floral chiffon ribbon was just perfect for my cottage core pumpkin!

A glue gun and a pumpkin on a table.

While I was at a conference, I had an opportunity to try out the Lynn Lilly hot glue gun. Until that point, I would have sworn that all glue guns were pretty much the same. After having this cordless glue gun in my hands and wielding its precision tip, I was thoroughly enlightened! I immediately came home and ordered one so that I would have it on hand for our wedding prep day. I’m so glad I did because this glue gun definitely made its way through a lot of hands that day!

A person using a glue gun on a piece of fabric.

To start off, I flipped the pumpkin over and glued the end of the ribbon to the bottom. Then I flipped the pumpkin back over and smoothed the ribbon down against the surface, gluing it down to the top of the pumpkin. I repeated that process, wrapping the ribbon around the pumpkin with spaces in between for the beautiful paint to peek through.

A person using a glue gun to make a pumpkin.

Once I was satisfied with the spacing and the pumpkin felt complete, I trimmed off the excess ribbon and glued it down to the top. The combination of the beautiful ribbon and soothing green chalk paint was lovely! All it needed now were a few details to finish it off.

A person cutting fabric with a pair of scissors.


To complete the pumpkin, I applied a thick layer of hot glue to the bottom of a Birch Tree Stem. I pressed it firmly into the center of the top of the pumpkin and held it in place for about a minute.

A person using a glue gun to make a pumpkin.

Then I centered a length of white floral wire against the back of the stem, wrapped it to the front, and twisted it tightly to hold it into place.

A green pumpkin on a table next to a glue gun.

Taking a length of ribbon, I cut it and trimmed the ends into a vee shape. After applying glue to the base of the stem, I folded the ribbon in half and wrapped it around the stem so that the fringe was pointed up. I tied the ribbon snugly against the stem.

To finish it off, I used the handle of a Dixie Belle Artist brush to wind the floral wire into a coil. I adjusted the coil until it lay just so and it was done!

A pumpkin with a paintbrush handle.

Final Reveal

So which look do you prefer for this sweet pumpkin, the traditional bright orange or the softer cottage core? Let me know in the comments below!

Personally, I’m not quite ready for Fall here, so this is a wonderful way to ease into it while enjoying the coziness and sweetness of soft colors and fringe ribbon.

Green pumpkin with a sign and a plant on a table.

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  1. LOVE this weeping willow color, Becky!
    We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

  2. Just Lovely, Becky! And I love the little curly-cue detail with the floral wire! Apparently those stem curls are called tendrils. I didn’t know until I looked it up today.

    1. Hi, Donna! The curly-q tendrils were so much fun to make! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. It means so much! Hugs!!