Recycle Your Pumpkins
Ask The Designer: I have been asked for tips to budget decorate for the holidays to save money.
Sometimes the holidays just sneak up on you. It’s 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 saved something that can be upcycled into a new piece for the holiday. Today I would like to show how I recycled or upcycled some of my Fall Decorations from 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, 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 cited for them to dry. Then I sprayed half the pumpkins sage and the other half taupe. Once dry I removed the tape and hand painted the stems with a brown craft paint.
As you can see the final product is fantastic. The old faded 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.