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Repurposed Roof Wind Turbines, Again!

We came across six industrial size roof wind turbines at a salvage yard priced to sell a few months ago. They have been in our barn all summer, so it was time to get them out and get them turned into pumpkins for fall decorating.
After getting them cleaned, I spray painted them with this metallic paint.
I used a chip brush to add highlights of metallic antique copper paint first.
Then I mixed a little orange paint with the copper for the second go around of highlights.
I used metallic bronze paint for the last step of highlighting.
My husband cut pieces of a dead vine from a tree for stems, and I painted them with this metallic espresso color paint. We cut these much smaller. :)
I had a coiled water hose with a hole in it, so I cut it into nine sections to use on the pumpkins.
We put screws from the under side of the pumpkins to screw the stems to. I ran a bamboo stick through each end of the hose to straighten them out somewhat, and then I broke them inside the hose until I liked how they looked.
I bought three strands of garland from Hobby Lobby on sale and sprayed them with Krylon glitter blast, golden glow. I used twine coated wire and hot glue to attach the garland and hose pieces.
After getting these placed around the yard, I wasn't liking the hose very much, so I grabbed a chip brush and gold paint and went around to each one to give the hose pieces highlights. I liked them afterwards. I love, love these huge pumpkins!
When we came home that day with six giant turbines filling the bed of our full size truck, our daughter had came over looking at us like we'd lost our marbles. I told her these are going to be the great pumpkins! She was like huh, they look like hot air balloons to me. My eyes must of glazed over by the look on her face, because I really did have hot air balloons floating around in my head. :) She asked if we'd save one for her a hot air balloon for her yard, of course we agreed, but word got around to our other two kids, so we saved three of the turbines for them. But, not this year for goodness sakes, next year! And, besides that's going to take some thinking!

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  • Linda
    Linda Brooksville, FL
    on Sep 26, 2015

    These are fantastic

  • Roxanna Baldomino
    Roxanna Baldomino Madison, KS
    on Sep 27, 2015

    Super idea......just wish I had the hose laying around!! Very, very pretty and classy looking for a repurposed item. ......you should be proud of that creative mind of yours! ;)

  • Daisy's Mom
    Daisy's Mom Easley, SC
    on Sep 27, 2015

    I saw this idea, and it encouraged me to use the one removed from our roof this summer. I painted mine a dark red. My sweet hubby wired an old small chandelier on the inside. while it doesn't give off a whole lot of light, it adds a nice glow in between the metal slats. Thanks for sharing!

  • Inodessey
    Inodessey Bethlehem, PA
    on Sep 27, 2015

    I've seen them turned into really cool hanging lights, but I love this idea , what a great recycle. They are beautiful, thanks for sharing this.

  • Wendy turley
    Wendy turley Hutchinson, KS
    on Sep 27, 2015

    these are awesome!!! I will be keeping my eyes open !

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