Recycle Your Pumpkins
Ask The Designer: I have been asked for tips to decorate on a budget for the holidays, to save money.
Sometimes the holidays just sneak up on you. I mean it is mid October and you find your wallet get stretched in ways you had not planned- Costumes, parties, neighborhood events, and fall festivals. I find if you are working with a budget it is always good to shop your own home first. Maybe you have saved something back that can be upcycled into a new piece for the holiday, or use in a a brand new way. Today I would like to show how I recycled or upcycled some of my Fall Decorations from about 5 years ago.
So this was my front door wreath circa 2012. (Please excuse the horribly grainy picture, as I had no idea I would be a blogging about this 5 years later….LOL) At the time this wreath beautifully adorned the front door of my home. I had so many people that loved it, and I made 7-8 just like it for customers, friends, and family. I kept the wreath into the next year but by the third year 2014 I wanted something new. So I disassembled the pumpkins and used them in vases and baskets, and bowls around my home. I decided this year that I wanted to eliminate the traditional orange from my dining table, so I decided to spray the pumpkins from above with these 3 colors of spray paint, to create a shabby chic table. I taped off the stems and divided the pumpkins into two sets. I sprayed them all with a white primer paint, and let them dry. Then I sprayed half the pumpkins a sage green and the other half greigy-taupe. Once dry, I removed the tape from the stem and hand painted them with a brown craft paint.
As you can see the final product is fantastic. The old faded metallic orange pumpkins now looks brand new and carry a modern current day vibe. It always amazes me what can be done with a can of spray paint and a little imagination.