Creating fall decor on a budget can be as simple as changing the paint color of a thrift store find tray and dollar store pumpkins to match your seasonal color palette.
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Since so much of my home features coastal decor, the deep orange and browns that are traditional fall colors don’t blend in well. Using coral and a soft blue hue works much better.
Fall Tray with Chalk Painted Pumpkins
I bought this round wood tray at my local Goodwill last year. It’s been waiting in my craft stash for a makeover. I liked the wood grain look it has, but that didn’t really fit in with my ideas for my fall decor. I cleaned it using TSP before getting started on painting it.
I first gave it one coat of white chalk paint as a base coat. Once that was dry, it got two coats of Waverly Rhubarb chalk paint for the coral look I wanted.
To add a little more texture to the tray, I used a strip of ribbon that I purchased at Dollar Tree. It’s hot glued around the rim of the tray.
These pumpkins are ones that I’ve had in my fall craft bins. They have been painted a couple of times. Any assortment of pumpkins in varying sizes would work great for the tray.
Several years ago, the pumpkins got a glam makeover using gold spray paint and cream colored chalk paint.
They’ve also been painted green, cream, and blue for a Coastal Cornucopia.
I removed the stems from each pumpkin before painting. I gave them all a base coat of white before adding Waverly Agave chalk paint.
Before reattaching the stems with hot glue, they were all painted brown.
A small dot of hot glue is all that’s needed to hold the stems in place.
For the small pumpkins, I added some white paint over the coral paint and used a lint free cloth to wipe the excess paint off, giving them a softer look.
Supply List for Fall Tray with Pumpkins
- Thrift Store Find Tray
- Dollar Store Foam Pumpkins
- Chalk Paint – coral, blue, white, and brown
- Paint Brushes
- Hot Glue
- Vase Filler
I added the painted pumpkins along with some fall vase filler items I had on hand to the tray. It’s a simple and pretty coffee table decor piece for fall. Budget friendly seasonal decor is always a win for me!
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Fall Tray with Painted Pumpkins