DIY Donut Pumpkins

Like many, we have a bit of a sweet tooth. And for Bridget, she likes to get her sugar dose first thing in the morning. Her sweet of choice? DONUTS. Lots of them.IMG_0874

Yep, this girl loves a good donut and whenever we travel to a new city she always convinces me to eat donuts & coffee for breakfast. #byebyediet

I mean look at all of the donut pics we’ve taken here on the blog.

It’s safe to say donuts are always a good idea on the DIY Playbook, and it was only fitting that we finally do a craft featuring B’s beloved pastry! (especially after seeing this adorable inspiration)


Our September challenge as a Michaels Maker was to take a craft pumpkin and turn it into something special. We’re not exactly into spooky stuff (no horror movies for these two!), so we were in agreement that our craft should be fun and happy. Kinda like the wine cooler we created with a craft pumpkin last year.pumpkin serving bowl

This year we stuck with the party/entertaining theme and decided to create a pumpkin that is fun, happy, and bonus points…delicious!

IMG_0720Here’s what you’ll need for this super simple DIY craft.

DIY Donut PumpkinMichael's Pumpkin DIY Donut


Step 1: Pick up a craft pumpkin from Michaels, or order one from You’ll first want to paint on the donut’s “frosting.” We did white (vanilla), brown (chocolate), and pink (strawberry).  Make sure you just paint the top portion of the pumpkin and not the whole thing! That would be one heck of a frosted (& yummy!) donut. We did 2 light coats of paint and let it dry.

Step 2: Once your frosting is dry, it’s time to add the best part…the sprinkles! If you don’t want to keep washing your paint brushes, you’ll need to have a paint brush for every sprinkle color.  The sprinkles can be a tad tedious to paint on, but just like a donut they don’t have to be perfect, right? Have fun with it and add as many or as few as you want!

DIY Donut PumpkinIMG_0801That’s it! Seriously, what an easy craft project! <—our favorite kind!


We think these pumpkins should be showcased at your next brunch or breakfast party! Create a yummy spread of donuts (obvi), milk, coffee, and other breakfast goodies and let the entertaining begin.

IMG_0817IMG_0811A breakfast party like this would be the perfect way to start a crisp Autumn day! Display this gorgeous spread, fuel up on sugar, and then head out with your girls for a day of apple picking, tailgating, or some other fun fall activity! Heck, any day that starts off with a donut is bound to be a GREAT one in our playbook.

We know it’s only September 1st, but this craft project was the perfect way to dip our toe into the fall season. We are pumped up for all of the activities (& deliciousness) that accompany our favorite season!


Looking for more pumpkin inspiration?! Grab your coffee (and maybe a donut!!) & come check out all of the other Makers and their pumpkin crafts below!

  • ellen ross

    OMGGGG i am in love with this idea!!! i am so trying this!!!!

    • Thanks Ellen! SOOOO easy, yet so adorable!! Just a heads up though…. these DIY Donuts totally make you crave donuts ALL THE TIME. =)

  • These. Are. Awesome. You guys are the best!

    • Awww… thanks Barbara!! You are too sweet =)

  • Those are adorable. Great idea!

  • Colleen Bansley

    Love this craft idea! This will be so fun to do with kids! This would be a great activity for kids to do at classroom Halloween parties! Room moms are always looking for new ideas! So I am definitely passing this on and using it. Thanks ladies!!

    • Yes, we do think this is a PERFECT craft for the kids!! It could even work really well on mini pumpkins (to save money for a large group). Thanks for sharing, Colleen!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Well, now I just want donuts. 🙂

  • Very cute! And yes, I also want donuts :0

    • Hahaha right?! I guess these are the perfect excuse to indulge! =) #anyexcuseisagoodexcuse

  • Ok Im totally in love with those donut pumpkins! SO CUTE!

  • Ashlyn

    These are so pretty! Fabulous job!!