Recycle Your Pumpkins

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. 


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  4. A lot of thanks for all of your hard work on this blog. Your doing a terrific job. This post alone has saved me a ton of money for fall decor.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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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