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November Thrifting

November 3, 2019 By Taina Laraba

· Vintage Inspired,Junkin Market,Tutorials,Home and Garden

I'm sure this isn't any surprise to you with my Thrifting in November because every month is a wonderful time to go thrifting!

We're still thinking of pumpkins and quite possibly new pumpkins that we can add to our decor.

This shouldn't always be about buying new fall decor at your favorite stores, but rather getting creative with "things" that could possibly be pumpkins. Let me show you what I mean.

Bowling Ball

Starting off, we wanted the ball to stay put on any surface, so we took a 6.5″ x 6″ piece of old barn wood (any wood will do), and drilled a hole using a 2″ hole saw bit on our drill. You don’t have to have wood, you could use a dish, candlestick, etc. to hold it in place – our ball even stayed when placed on the finger holes, but I wanted to be sure my little ones didn’t knock it over.

Next, since you want the paint to stick to the slick surface of the ball, grab some sandpaper and rough up the surface a bit.

Fun part! We mixed up our own base coat of pumpkinish colored paint. To add dimension, my son figured out to drag the paintbrush in strokes going around the ball from top to bottom to give the ball a ridged effect. That’s my boy!

Since the ball is so..well…round, we wanted to create even more dimension and used Martha Stewart’s textured finish to glop on some pumpkin-type bumps all over. You could use a thick flour and water mixture, hot glue, whatever you’d like to get the same effect.

After the texture is applied we did our last coat with Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in the color pumpkin.

When you look at a pumpkin you don’t just see orange, but also some browns and greens, right? We dabbed on a bit of brown, darker green and highlighted with light green to get a homegrown look.

Using that same brown, my guy went around the ball drawing the striations (lines) down the pumpkin at about 3″ intervals starting from the center going to the opposing center. Then, on those striations, we glued on twine to take away from the perfect round shape.

With a few scrap pieces of green and brown burlap, he cut 3 leaves (you can do as many as you like), then painted veins on them with that brown we used earlier. You could also use crinkly brown packing paper, fabric, fake or real leaves, etc.

We glued on a real dried up pumpkin stem (you could use a bent tree branch if you don’t have one) and added some curly twine as vines.

I used a tiny amount of Sculpey to create a mouse head that would peek out of his home at “143 Charger” – isn’t that stinkin’ cute?!

Bundy Pans

There are lots of bundt pans available at thrift stores. You can use one to easily make a cute pumpkin for your autumn decor! All you need for this project is some chalk paint, a rusty spring, drop cloth, twine and glue!

I started by painting my bundt pan with orange chalk paint. Then, to give it a more realistic appearance, I sparingly added a darker orange paint.

After the paint dried and I had added some wax to protect the finish, I pulled out a rusty spring I had picked up from the trash pile at work and used it as the stem of the pumpkin.

Now I do realize that finding one of these is pretty much slim to none, so what you could use instead is a brown pipe cleaner.

I bent the spring just a bit so it would nestle into the middle of the pan. Then I added a few dabs of E6000 glue and let dry.

For the finishing touches, I first soaked a few short pieces of twine in Elmer's glue and wrapped them around a pencil to curl them. After they were completely dry, I tied them on to the spring. Then I cut a few small leaves out of a scrap piece of drop cloth, adding green paint to the tops. Again, I used E6000 glue to attach them to the "stem" of my pumpkin. And the Bundt Pan Punkin' was complete!

Bundy Pans

I see these wire baskets all the time in thrift stores and at yard sales and never thought twice about them until now.


So I scooped up those cute little baskets off the shelf and skipped to the register along with an arm full of mini bundt pan / Jello molds because inspiration is just funny like that.

Supplies used:

I love the look of copper for fall, so I decided to spray paint my wire baskets with the copper spray paint (but you could certainly leave them silver, if you wanted to keep some vintage patina).

And for the mini bundt pan / Jello molds, I gave them a couple of coats of the white spray paint just because I’m a sucker for white mini pumpkins.

Once they were dry, I secured the two wire baskets together (one upside-down) with some wire.

And I applied a nickel sized dot of super glue to attach a stem to the top using just a piece of a stick I found in our yard.

To make the mini pumpkins, I applied a little super glue around the edge of one of the bundt pans and placed another on top to attach them together.

Then, I just attached a little twig on top with a dab more of the super glue.

Funny, but true, story about this project- it all started out when I found this apple-shaped wooden tray at the thrift store. It was May…Spring was on my mind…so I told myself I’d make a cute apple project in the Fall. I see Monkey Pod Wood all the time but never know what to do with them – but this one was just too cute a shape to pass up.

Well…that never happened…because I completely forgot I had it! That is, until I found a SECOND tray (also made from Monkey Pod wood) and decided that BOTH of them could be easily transformed into decorative pumpkins.

All I needed to do was paint them, wax them, and add some sort of “greenery”.

First, I grabbed some orange chalk paint, perfect for non-furniture upcyclers like me!) and gave them a quick pumpkin-inspired makeover.

No fancy techniques required – just an old fashioned paint job with a cheap-o craft paint brush.

Once the orange chalk paint was dry, I buffed on some wood wax. I have Annie Sloan- which I LOVE- but there are other options available, like this one.

I used a large round brush to swirl the wood wax on the monkey pod wood. Then, I used a clean, lint-free cloth to buff until the finish was no longer tacky to the touch.

To add a touch of rustic greenery, I used some wide burlap ribbon in a pea green and some jute twine.

The burlap ribbon was wired, but I didn’t need that aspect…so I snipped out a long piece between the wires and tied it around the handles of the monkey wood. Then, I layered on a knotted piece of jute twine over the burlap ribbon.

I didn’t glue the “greenery” to the handles (or should I say “stems”?), but I did use a drop of hot glue here and there to get the jute to lay more nicely over the ribbon at the knot.

Tennis Racket

The thrift store is a great place to find old tennis rackets or other sports equipment. You can usually find great vintage styles and the price is cheap, at least at my local thrift stores. I found this old wooden racket with a leather handle for about four dollars which is perfect when you plan to cut it up and turn it into a pumpkin.

To make this repurposed tennis racket pumpkin for your fall decor, you’ll need to cut the handle down to create a pumpkin stem. You can simply trim the racket handle and leave a few inches for the stem, or cut it fairly low and cut the top of the handle to use as the stem. Since the end of this handle is leather clad, I thought it would make a perfect stem so I saved the top three or four inches.

Spray paint the racket bright orange and let it dry completely …

...then use hot glue to reattach the handle, forming the pumpkin stem.

Add a bit of whimsy and color by tying ribbon and tulle around the stem …

along with a burlap or cloth leaf {store bought or handmade} and some coiled wire.

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