With fall just around the corner, pumpkins are about to be the star of the season. I wanted to create some unique pumpkin decor this year and this ceramic jar was a fun item to repurpose into a fall pumpkin.
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This month’s blog hop theme is a thrift store item repurposed or upcycled project. I always enjoy finding items that can be given a new look or even just a fresh look that I find at thrift stores. I’m excited to see what my blogging friends found for this month’s challenge, too.
I went to my local Goodwill specifically to find an item that could be repurposed into a pumpkin. I wanted something that would look a little different from other pumpkin decor I have.
Repurposed Ceramic Jar into a Fall Pumpkin
When I spotted this ceramic jar with a lid, I knew I had found the item I needed. While it might have been better if it had a wider, rounded bottom, it was close enough to what I had in mind. Since it was priced at only $2.99, that makes this a very budget friendly project.
Giving both the jar and the lid two coats of white chalky finish paint was the first step.Since the paint dries so quickly, it took less than 30 minutes for both of the coats to dry.
Once it was dry, I used Folk Art Antiquing Medium in Nutmeg to add a bit of color to the jar. Any antiquing medium will work, this is just what I had on hand. I worked in small sections by sponging it on and then using a lint free cloth to wipe away the excess.
This gave it a light coloring that will go well with the peach and teal that I plan on using for some of my fall decor this season.
Dollar Tree has packs of five large burlap leaves this year. I removed the excess metal stem it had and used hot glue to attach it to the lip of the jar.
I added a few beaded stems from my craft stash to the leaf. They are also hot glued in place.
To make the stems for the pumpkin, I used paper wrapped floral wire. To get the spiral I needed, it’s wrapped around a tapered candle. It’s wrapped loosely enough to slide off easily.
I added a circle of the floral beads with hot glue and then attached three spirals to the lid.
It looked okay this way, but I thought it needed something else to give it more of a pumpkin look. To add some dimension to the pumpkin I used a chalk pen, more of the antiquing medium, and twine.
How to embellish the pumpkin with lines
- Draw lines at even intervals on the jar with a white chalk pen
- Use a cloth to wipe away excess
- Add antiquing medium over the chalk lines, one at a time
- Quickly wipe away the excess to blend the lines
- Attach twine to the lip of the jar with hot glue
- Add another dot of glue to the bottom of the twine
Repurposing a jar into a pumpkin was a quick and easy project and since I had the items on hand, I only spent new dollars for the jar. Budget friendly seasonal decor is always a good thing.
What’s your latest thrift store find makeover?
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Repurposing a Thrift Store Find into Fall Decor
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