Thrifted Pumpkin Basket Makeover

September 13, 2023

Photo of a garage sale basket pumpkin.
I found this wood chip basket pumpkin at a recent garage sale.  It was a little tired looking so I gave it a makeover!

Scroll on down for my basket makeover and 8 other September upcycling projects from the Thrift Store Decor Team.
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Photo of a garage sale basket pumpkin.
The top of the pumpkin basket is missing one of it's wooden leaves.

I removed the stem, the other leaf and the tendrils, and gave the basket a good cleaning.
Photo of a basket pumpkin being spray painted.
Next, I put my basket on newspaper outdoors.

I purchased Rustoleum Painters Touch Spray Paint in Cinnamon to paint my project.

Photo of a basket pumpkin being spray painted.
I gave the basket two coats of spray paint.

Photo of a basket pumpkin painted with spray paint.
I like this color for the pumpkin.

Photo of a basket pumpkin with a birch twig stem.
A larger birch branch came down from a tree in my yard a week ago, so I cut it on the chop saw into pumpkin stems.

I glued the stem on using E6000 adhesive.

Photo of a basket pumpkin with leaves, Spanish Moss and a birch twig stem.
I cut two fall leaves off of a foliage pick from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them to the top of the pumpkin, along with some Spanish Moss.

Photo of upcycled garage sale pumpkin basket.
Faux pumpkin leaves would work even better.

Photo of upcycled garage sale pumpkin basket.

Photo of upcycled garage sale pumpkin basket.
The little gnome, with cap matching the pumpkin, was purchased at Target's front bins for $3!

Photo of upcycled garage sale pumpkin basket.

Now on to the September Thrift Store Decor Team Party!
Photo collage of thrift store decor team's September projects.
Easy Modern Mirror Edge Domestically Speaking
Hanging Candy Dish Petticoat Junktion
DIY Bird Feeder House of Hawthornes
How to Make A Painted Surface Look Like Wood    My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
DIY Three-Panel Room Divider Refresh Shop At Blu
DIY Felted Leaves Our Southern Home

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Super cute and so easy! I love the simplicity of this project! Pinned.

  2. I love that, Carlene! Wish I could find one of those pumpkin baskets!

  3. Such a cute update, it's perfect for fall!

  4. Your pumpkin makeover is so darling! - Briana from Texas

  5. This is such an adorable transformation! It looks so fresh especially with the stem addition!


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