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.