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. So I am sharing how Recycle Your Pumpkins.
I wanted to share with you today how to Recycle Your Pumpkins. 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 up-cycled 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 over 5 years ago.
This was my old front door wreath from our previous home. Please excuse the horribly grainy picture, as I had no idea I would be a blogging about this years later, LOL. At the time this was beautiful wreath that adorned the front door of my home. So many people loved this wreath, I actually think I reproduced 7 or 8 wreaths just like this one for friends, family and customers. I kept this wreath into the following year, but by the third year, I wanted something new and fresh, you can probably tell that I tend to get very bored with holiday decor quickly, so, I disassembled the pumpkins and used them in following years in various vases, baskets, and bowls through out my home.This year I decided that I wanted to eliminate all the “traditional orange” from home and do only the farmhouse shabby chic white. This design element also included my dining table centerpiece. I decided that I would spray the very same pumpkins pictured from above with these 3 colors of spray paint, to create the shabby chic farmhouse style table. I taped off the stems and divided the pumpkins into two sets. I sprayed them all with a white primer paint, and allowed them dry. Then I sprayed half the pumpkins sage green and the other half a light taupe gray or “greige” color. 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 on trend modern farmhouse vibe. It always amazes me what can be done with a can of spray paint and a little imagination.
To complete the look I added my collection of milk glass as taper holders, a mossy green garland as the base and tucked in fresh cotton boils for that undeniable southern farmhouse feel. To see more on how I transitioned this table from Halloween to Thanksgiving without breaking the bank, check out Fall Table 3 Ways. You can also sign up for our Designer Notes and get all the inside details of this and our upcoming projects and more.
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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!!!
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.
Such a good post, on recycling pumpkins. You have a good eye for designs and such fun crafts. I enjoy your blog very much.
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Translation: Great blog, and I really love how you reused your pumpkins. The snowman is so cute.
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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…..it turned out so good.
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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.
I like to see good reuse for all things. Good Job.
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!
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Oh of course now I see this!!!! Happy Halloween 🙂
Such a great idea wish I had seen it earlier, but now I know where you are so Christmas I will be on it!
I saw this title and though your meant live pumpkins….LOL
Good idea this is the type of earth saving ideas I like to see in a blogger. No waste, good job.
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
Ah ha the perfect thing to do with my leftover pumpkins, the turkey’s are adorable!!!
This is a really great idea, and I still have time to do it before Thanksgiving, yay!
What a cheeky idea, I really like you ability to rework something old and make it look fresh and new!
You are saving me money girl, you know how I like that, thanks again.
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!
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.
Spray paint, now why did I not thing of that? You have just insipred me for next year!
Spray paint is my BFF too! Great post.
Wow I love the before and after pictures, that is great, and shows off your talent.
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!
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.
Now thats a great idea, love the before and after pictures, shows your inspiration and create flair.
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.
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.
Just a little bit of paint and they are all new!
I have always said just give me a can of spray and I will change the world.
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Now this is really a ingenious idea, and I am really loving it. 3 months out of pumpkins who wouldn’t like that?
I am surprised that you were able to make something so pretty with last years leftovers, you are brilliant.
You are very crafty and full of great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us!
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.
Recycling like this will really help the earth, glad to see a designer taking this approach to such a serious topic.
Great idea, and they are such trendy colors now!
I love this idea, but I love any idea that involves spray paint.
Fast fix for ugly pumpkins, I like it a lot.
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.
Such great idea to just spray paint them. I love to up-cycle stuff like that all the time.
This is a great idea for changing up between the years to make what you have look different. Thanks for the inspo.
I really like how these turn the colors you picked out are perfect for that table.
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.
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.
Oh Geez I spray paint everything, you total got my game on here.
I love how you spray painted those pretty pumpkins, now that is not something I had thought of before.
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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.
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?
I will have to remember this for next year, great idea!
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!
Perfect way to change up a table for the holidays, love that you give spray painted the pumpkins to match a decor style.
I just found my holiday table centerpiece thanks to you!
Too funny that you just sprayed painted them, I bet people though you spent a fortune on new ones, lol
Spray painting pumpkins, clearly I am missing something, but the table looks great.
I am impressed with how easy this change up was, and how you took existing pumpkins and repurposed them.
Okay this such a good idea, especially for us budget-wise new home owner. Save where you can thanks for the tips.
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
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!
Good tips for nexts years decor, I will pin for later.
Wow this a great tip for my decoration to be reused next year!
A very nice way to recycle older decorations from past holidays. How very green of you!
So should I paint hem now or next year? I was thinking just store them away and pick new colors next year.
Great idea for reusing my decorating for next year!
This is a great option for decorating next year I need to remember this!
Well that was easy, I got to remember to just paint them next year!
So easy and simple yet why are more people not doing this?
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.
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!
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.
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I love to save money and a can of spray paint later you made something old and ugly really pretty, so I am inspired.
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.
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.
Fun way to make what is old new again, I love that you did before and after pictures those are great.
Such a great idea to make your older wreath become a brand new set of decor, I love upscaled creations.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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!
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