Thrift Store Upcycled Wood Pumpkins

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Pumpkin season is finally here and pumpkins are the stars of the stage everywhere you look, including my thrift store upcycled wood pumpkins.

I have shelves in my basement that are dedicated to my thrift store finds and these thrifted wooden candle holders were screaming from their shelf asking for a pumpkin makeover…. and I obliged.

thrift store upcycled wood pumpkins

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • wooden candle holders ~ thrift store
  • wood leaves ~ dollar tree
  • craft paint ~ orange, green
  • scissors ~ small blade
  • mod podge
  • floral wire
  • twine
  • glue gun
  • foam brush
  • artist brush
  • sandpaper
  • acorn tops (cupules)
  • pencil
supplies needed for thrift store upcycled wood pumpkins
candle holders before made into wood pumpkins

HOW TO RECYCLE THRIFT STORE CANDLE HOLDERS

SAND AND PAINT THE CANDLE HOLDERS

It took several coats of orange paint for coverage since the holders were dark wood. I layered paint until I could only see the amount of brown that I wanted to keep in order to still have a rustic look.

MAKE A PUMPKIN STEM

After the paint dried, I applied Mod Podge with a foam brush to the top portion of the candle holders. Then I wrapped the twine around the lip and secured the ends with Mod Podge.

Trim off the fly away twine fibers with scissors. I used tiny scissors for trimming.

Use the hot glue gun to insert the stick into the candle hole.

steps 1 and 2 for thrift store upcycled wood pumpkins

PREP THE PUMPKIN LEAVES

I found the tiny leaves at the Dollar Tree. They had foam stickers on the back side so I just had to scrape them off. Paint each side of the leaf green, but leave the edges the original wood color.

MAKE THE PUMPKIN VINES

Make the vine curls using florist wire and use a pencil to create the vine curl and slide off of pencil. I carefully wrapped the wire around each leaf (see picture below.) Two leaves have one curl and the other two leaves have two curls on each leaf.

ATTACH THE LEAVES AND ACORN TOPS

Use hot glue to attach each leaf and the acorn tops (cupules).

step for rolling wire to look like vine on the wood thrift store pumpkins

I love how my thrift store upcycled wood pumpkins turned out, and they look perfect displayed with my painted thrift store flower vase.

Does my pumpkin project inspire you to go thrifting to find items to upcycle into pumpkins?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allyson

Allyson is the founder and content creator of Southern Sunflowers, which shares tutorials for DIY crafts and decor on a budget.

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30 thoughts on “Thrift Store Upcycled Wood Pumpkins”

  1. Oh my gosh! These are so cute. You did such a great job outlining the steps for creating these little pumpkins. Thank you for participating in the Home Imagined Link Party!

  2. Allyson,
    Wow, I love these pumpkins. You are so clever. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you can stop by.
    Hugs,
    Bev

  3. These are just adorable, Allyson, and I’m smiling at your statement on your thrift store stash. I have one of those too – and just added more to it yesterday. Now I need to send some old items out the door to make room for the new ones!
    Have a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving.

    1. So happy you like my little pumpkins, Rachelle! I surprised myself how cute they turned out ~ lol. I bought a new haul of thrift items last week and now my shelves are overflowing ~ I just can’t help myself! 🙂

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