Recycle Your Pumpkins

Recycle Your Pumpkins

Ask The Designer: I have been asked for seasonal tips on how to decorate on a budget for the holidays, to save money.

Sometimes the holidays just sneak up on you. Maybe it is mid October and you find your wallet getting 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 beautiful wreath adorned the front door of my home.  I had so many people that loved it,  I think I made 7 or 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, I tend to get very bored with holiday decor quickly. So I disassembled the pumpkins and used them in vases and baskets, and bowls around my home. This year I decided that I wanted to eliminate all 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 farmhouse  vibe. It always amazes me what can be done with a can of spray paint and a little imagination. 


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  2. I just had to click over of to see the before on those pretty pumpkins, and wow what a transformation.

  3. This might be one of my all time favorite posts, I love this table and the way you upgraded those metallic pumpkins into a shabby chic dream is beautiful. Great job can’t wait to check out more of your stuff 🙂

  4. Great tips for how to save some money, I am really amazed at the before and after pictures of these pumpkins. You are just so creative.

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  10. Great idea I really love it bloggers recycle items that have previously used it makes there lives seem more real.

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  13. This is a great idea, I was amazed at how you turned that wreath into that beautiful table. Talent and skills that is all I can say.

  14. This is such a great idea, I love that you just painted them to match your decor that is so smart.

  15. This is a wonderful way to upscale and reuse the existing pumpkins and make them seem new again. I love a good up cycled project!

  16. I love your site and can not wait to see all of you fall decor. I am so ready! Love this idea about the pumpkins so much!

  17. Great post as always, I find the best seasonal tips on your page. This one will save me a ton of moola this year too.

  18. I am so pinning this idea, your table is beautiful and this just proves that you dod not always have to go buy new stuff every year. Sometimes you can make what you have work even better that what you can buy.

  19. This is such a great idea I really love how you transformed your old fall wreath into a tablescape with spray paint. It is projects like this that blow my mind.

  20. We are always running on such a tight budget for decorations at our church, I really appreciate the ideas to reuse but up-cycle with spray or craft paint. It would even be a great craft for the kids and senior to help out with during the socials.

  21. Already planning!!! I remembered you had some really great ideas last year, this year I want o be ahead of the game because that what you would do!

  22. Wow I love the transformation picture I would have never known the these pretty pumpkins were metallic at one point or even a wreath, nice job.

  23. Such a great idea to make your older wreath become a brand new set of decor, I love upscaled creations.

  24. Fun way to make what is old new again, I love that you did before and after pictures those are great.

  25. I love this idea for upgrading decor that you already own, such a great way to make it seem new again but not having to spend a ton of money on this holiday season. Now that we have some littles on the way I am sure Christmas will be a huge event.

  26. Oh I love this this idea, I pinned it last fall and now I am so glad! I am going through my boards now the kids are back to school to see where the holidays will lead us and I think I can revamp a few things and make them feel new again.

  27. I love to save money and a can of spray paint later you made something old and ugly really pretty, so I am inspired.

  28. It is getting to be that time of year! I am such a fall gal, so I am already stalking all my favorite sites to see what you guys were going last year, for my inspiration this year. This is such a great idea and a perfect way to change things up from year to year with out busting the bank. Bravo!

  29. Great idea, I know I am crazy for already looking at pumpkin ideas but you got to plan ahead right?

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  58. This is a great idea to reuse existing decor. I love that you once used the pumpkins as a wreath then painted them for a table, too cool.

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  101. I can really get behind your ideas, you are showing us all how to conserve and be beautiful at the same time. I like what you stand and the projects that your doing.

  102. You have some really great ideas, I would have never thought to just paint my decor a different color. Honestly I can’t believe I literally never thought of that!

  103. I think spray painting them was the best option to update them, but your original wreath was pretty too. I would have just been happy to use it too. You are just so creative.

  104. I have got to remember this technique for next fall, but in that same vein I have been spray painting a few of my Christmas decorations. Thanks for the inspiration.

  105. This is a great option for decorating next year I need to remember this!

  106. So should I paint hem now or next year? I was thinking just store them away and pick new colors next year.

  107. A very nice way to recycle older decorations from past holidays. How very green of you!

  108. Love this, I decided to hit mine with a little gold spray paint this morning after reading your post. I will send you a finish picture!

  109. Wow you could literally do this every year and make it look new just by changing up the colors, because pumpkins do not change there shapes, lol

  110. Okay this such a good idea, especially for us budget-wise new home owner. Save where you can thanks for the tips.

  111. I am impressed with how easy this change up was, and how you took existing pumpkins and repurposed them.

  112. Spray painting pumpkins, clearly I am missing something, but the table looks great.

  113. Too funny that you just sprayed painted them, I bet people though you spent a fortune on new ones, lol

  114. Perfect way to change up a table for the holidays, love that you give spray painted the pumpkins to match a decor style.

  115. I was looking for an easy way to make a Thanksgiving Day table, thank you so much I will be picking up spray paint today!

  116. Well here is a concept for an easy centerpiece, that looks different from Halloween. Do you have to use spray paint or can you hand paint them too?

  117. Such a great idea, I wonder how many people look at this and think, why did not think if doing this, I know I did.

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  119. I love how you spray painted those pretty pumpkins, now that is not something I had thought of before.

  120. Oh Geez I spray paint everything, you total got my game on here.

  121. I love that you can change up your table every year with the spray painting the pumpkins, such a great idea, very green and eco friendly.

  122. I spray the shit out of everything. If it’s ugly I spray paint it, if it’s rusty I spray paint it. So I am totally loving your mindset.

  123. I really like how these turn the colors you picked out are perfect for that table.

  124. This is a great idea for changing up between the years to make what you have look different. Thanks for the inspo.

  125. Such great idea to just spray paint them. I love to up-cycle stuff like that all the time.

  126. I love how you spray painted the orange metallic and made a entirely different look, such a great idea for a Halloween to Thanksgiving transition.

  127. I love this idea, but I love any idea that involves spray paint.

  128. We love how green you are, and that you reuse things that are perfectly good. No need to always buy new.

  129. Recycling like this will really help the earth, glad to see a designer taking this approach to such a serious topic.

  130. Oh I get it now you recycled your pumpkins from a previous craft project, I was thinking you might have posted on how to recycle and grow pumpkins from the seeds.

  131. You are very crafty and full of great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  132. I am surprised that you were able to make something so pretty with last years leftovers, you are brilliant.

  133. Now this is really a ingenious idea, and I am really loving it. 3 months out of pumpkins who wouldn’t like that?

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  135. I have always said just give me a can of spray and I will change the world.

  136. The look you created by spray painting the pumpkins is great, you could literally do this every year and change the look over and over as long as they hold up. Great idea.

  137. That table is so pretty and it is hard to believe those are leftover wreath pumpkins. I feel like everything you touch turns to gold.

  138. Now thats a great idea, love the before and after pictures, shows your inspiration and create flair.

  139. Such a good idea. I could do think with my orange & black Halloween ones and make them look totally different for Thanksgiving. Like white and teal. Hmmmmmm this is a great idea.

  140. Okay this is a great idea, I love that it used to be a wreath and you had a picture of the before, that is awesome! What a beneficial re-work there!

  141. Wow I love the before and after pictures, that is great, and shows off your talent.

  142. Spray paint, now why did I not thing of that? You have just insipred me for next year!

  143. Well I wish I had seen this before Halloween but honestly now I can take the orange ones from Halloween and make them more classy for Thanksgiving, now look who’s studying you article and mixing her own ideas. Thanks for all the good inspiration.

  144. Oh I thinkI will paint my left over pumpkins brown and turquoise blue to go with my Thanksgiving day table! Such a great idea, thanks!

  145. This is a really great idea, and I still have time to do it before Thanksgiving, yay!

  146. Your saving me money girl, you know how I like that, thanks again.

  147. What a cheeky idea, I really like you ability to rework something old and make it look fresh and new!

  148. Ah ha the perfect thing to do with my leftover pumpkins, the turkey’s are adorable!!!

  149. There are some great ideas in this article even if Halloween is over, I can still use them for Thanksgiving. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as pumpkins properly

  150. Good idea this is the type of earth saving ideas I like to see in a blogger. No waste, good job.

  151. I saw this title and though your meant live pumpkins….LOL

  152. Such a great idea wish I had seen it earlier, but now I know where you are so Christmas I will be on it!

  153. I enjoyed the reading, and submit that folks think decorating is easy, but it not. Someone has to come up with the ideas, guess your it. Thanks!

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  155. Amazing how you did something so simple, and came up with a entirely new look. I must remember spray is my friend. Thank you for the whole lot!

  156. Spot on with this write-up,great idea to spray paint those pumpkins. I love seeing the before and afters they blow my mind. I will be back again to read further, thanks for this great fall decor info.

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  162. You always have a great money saving tips! Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us. I still can’t believe you beautiful table was created with leftover metallic pumpkins… turned out so good.

  163. I want to express thanks to you just for rescuing me from such a pumpkin crisis. After scouting through the patch and pitching unproductive ideas to my family. Your site and personal kindness helped me sort out my fall pumpkin scape this year.

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  165. 멋진 블로그, 그리고 난 정말 당신이 어떻게 당신의 호박을 재사용 사랑해. 눈사람 너무 귀 엽 다.

    Translation: Great blog, and I really love how you reused your pumpkins. The snowman is so cute.

  166. Such a good post, on recycling pumpkins. You have a good eye for designs and such fun crafts. I enjoy your blog very much.

  167. Thank you for sharing such a nice post. It amazes me that you were able to keep them that long with out any deterioration or melting here in the south. Do you use any kind of pumpkin sealant?
    P.S. I love seeing another southern girl making it begin the blog world.

  168. Thank you you are just the sweetest!!! I did clean them with bleach water and apply a store bought pumpkin sealer for carved pumpkins, then of course I used white spray paint for the snow pumpkins. They did start to get a little mushy and cracking by the December, but their longevity really surprised me too!!!

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