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Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Here at Organized Clutter, I am constantly looking for ways to decorate and repurpose with vintage finds in my home and flower gardens.  

My project today is for junior junkers.  Everything is magnetic so the Jack o'Lantern's face can be changed over and over with other junk drawer items.  Obviously not for children under three, but older children may like creating new pumpkin faces and expressions with magnetic junk.

With kitchen ware and utensils in steady and ready supply inexpensively at the local thrift shops, I was able to re-purpose an assortment of junk pumpkins this fall.


Maybe you remember some of them:

Repurposed Bun Warmer Pumpkin www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Repurposed Gear Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Repurposed Bicycle Wheel Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Repurposed Jello Mold Pumpkins www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Repurposed Cake Pan Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Repurposed Cake Pan Jack o'Lanterns www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

My project today is the last of the re-purposed pumpkins and Jack o'Lanterns for this season.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
It starts with a vintage round grater and a thrift shop easel.  Both were purchased for $2 each.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The easel was painted green and distressed a bit with sandpaper.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The grater was spray painted orange.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
For this pumpkin, I did not glue on all the junk hardware with E6000 like I did with the others.   I attached the coke bottle opener with a magnet for the pumpkin stem.  


I used both 1/2" and 1/4" round, craft magnets, 


And junk drawer stuff!

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
This face uses a beer opener, washers and nuts.  Not sure what the nose piece is for sure.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
This face has closed nail "eyes", a metal rectangular nose, and the slicer's slit for the mouth.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
For this happy face I turned the grater upside down.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
You could do this project with any round layer cake or bakeware pan, if you can't find a round grater.  Just make sure that a magnet will work on it.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The possibilities are endless!  I used nuts, bolts, washers, hinges, bottle openers, nails, small wrenches, regular junk drawer stuff that is easy to find.

Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
That's it, my last junk pumpkin of 2013, Wrench Nose!  It's like the old Colorforms for junker's kids.



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13 comments:

  1. Such a cute idea Carlene. Kids would have a blast with this!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  2. I think your project is fabulous Carlene! I truly love them!
    Susan

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  3. Super cute and creative idea, Carlene! I'd (oops, kids) would have a blast with this for sure! Between you and Susan via Homeroad, I'd say you two have the orange junk pumpkins of the world down! :)

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  4. I am an adult who loves magnets. This would be the gadget on my desk I would play with!

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  5. that. is. hysterical. my kids would love it!
    so fun, Carlene!
    b.

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  6. What a fun project! I love that it's so kid friendly... I wanna do this with my grandson tomorrow!

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  7. Bonjour,

    De l'art minimal... De belles créations... je reste admirative.
    Gros bisous et bonne fête pour Halloween.
    Gros bisous

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  8. I could seriously play with these pumpkins for hours--just a big kid at heart!

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  9. My kids would LOVE this! What a fun idea and so easy too! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Happy day!
    karianne

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  10. You could make several and the kids could have face making contests! Cute idea Carlene!

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  11. Carlene, your creativity and ingenuity are very inspring; thank you!

    Shar

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  12. Carlene, this project makes me SMILE!! Love it :) Are you sure it's the last?? You never know :)

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  13. Love and so impressed with your junk pumpkins. You are sooo creative, Carlene. Fantastic!

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