Vintage Bun Warmer Re-purposed As A Pumpkin

October 09, 2013
I have had my eye on this vintage Westbend bun warmer for a couple weeks now.  Every time I went in the consignment shop I asked myself, "Should I buy it?  Should I make it into a pumpkin?".   It was $4.

Vintage Bun Warmer
I thought the shape was perfect, and I finally bought it this week.

The top knob came off completely with a screwdriver, but I was a little disappointed that when the side knobs came off, I was left with two metal bars on each side that didn't come off.  Now what?  

I thought since I had already had $4 into it that I may as well try painting it.  I spray painted the top and bottom with the side knobs with an orange shade of Rustoleum spray paint.  I painted the knob with green spray paint.

Repurposing a vintage bun warmer into a pumpkin
I put the top knob back on and lined up the knob with the holes in the lid to thread a few strands of raffia through.  

Repurposing a vintage bun warmer into a pumpkin
Now I was ready to tie a few leaves on top with the raffia.

I have been cutting leaves off of this spray of fall faux leaves for a lot of my projects.  I think they have a pumpkin leaf shape.  I cut off four leaves, two smaller and two larger and tied them on with the raffia.  I then cut the raffia ends off so they were about 5-6 inches long.

Repurposing a vintage bun warmer into a pumpkin
 I think it turned out pretty cute.  Here it is perched on some baskets in my living room.  I guess a bun warmer can be in the in the living room as long as it looks like a pumpkin!

Repurposing a vintage bun warmer into a pumpkin

Repurposing a vintage bun warmer into a pumpkin

Repurposing a vintage bun warmer into a pumpkin
I also like it on my kitchen table.  I'm not sure where it will end up.  

I bet the next time you see a bun warmer at a thrift shop you will think PUMPKIN!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. But where will you warm your buns :) You can see potential pumpkins in the most unusual places. It look great!

  2. You are tooooooo much, this is so cute and clever. Hugs, Marty

  3. Adorable and such a clever idea!


  4. You have me seeing pumpkins everywhere I look. This guy cold be at home just about anywhere you want your buns warmed.

  5. I like it much better painted orange. That is a great color.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. This is fabulous. I am pretty sure I have one of these somewhere in my kitchen. I liked its cool shape.

  7. Great your creative vision!!
    Always nice to see what you come up with.
    Have fun!

  8. it is cute...but for some reason I thought it looked like a walnut and was waiting to see a tiny squirrel on top :)


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