An Open Slatted Crate From Goodwill Becomes A Fall Pumpkin

August 26, 2021


Photo of a small slatted crate purchased at Goodwill
I found this little open slatted crate at a Goodwill store in the Twin Cities recently.

I transformed it into fall decor!

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Photo of a word stenciled on a crate being sanded off
After washing the crate with Dawn Dish soap water and a rag, I sanded the word "Pansy" off of the crate.

Photo of a small crate being painted orange
Next I painted the crate with Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Heritage.  I sprayed my brush with water hoping to thin down the paint so it went on more transparent.  I wanted some of the wood to show through the paint.

Photo of a slatted crate painted orange
I then sanded the orange paint with 220 grit sandpaper, and sealed the paint with General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat.

Photo of a screw attaching a tree stick stem being added to a pumpkin crate
A tree branch with a 2" width was cut on the chop saw for a pumpkin stem and screwed onto one end of the crate.

Photo of a DIY Repurposed Crate Pumpkin
I tied some raffia around the stem.

Photo of a DIY Repurposed Crate Pumpkin
My pumpkin is ready for fall decorating, OR IS IT?

Photo of a crate pumpkin holding fall foliage
Here, I twirled the crate around and added a small crock of fall foliage.

Photo of a crate pumpkin holding fall foliage
It's like a little shelf!

Photo of a DIY pumpkin crate holding fall foliage
I have two looks for my new pumpkin!

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. You are SO creatve!!! This is so cute! Wish I could be so lucky to find crates like this.


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