Lisa Cestkowski
Lisa Cestkowski
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  • Columbus, WI

Pumpkin Makeover


Over the years, I've collected a hodgepodge of plastic and Styrofoam pumpkins and gourds, mostly from thrift stores and garage sales. This year, I decided to give them a makeover.
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Here's the basket of pumpkins and gourds that I started with. None of them really matched, and most of them looked very fake.
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I basecoated the pieces with gesso to start. (I used gesso just because I had a bottle of it on hand from a previous project; white craft paint or primer would have worked just as well.)
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I liked the white, but I wanted some variation amongst the pieces, so I decoupaged newspaper strips on a few.
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
The newspaper was a little hard to work with on the curves of the pumpkins, so I decided to scan a newspaper page into my computer and print it out on tissue paper. (I taped the tissue paper to a piece of regular 8 1/2" by 11" paper to get it to feed through my printer.) It was much easier to decoupage the tissue paper on than it was to work with the real newspaper.
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
Then I remembered I had some tissue paper with faux handwriting on it, so I dug that out of my stash. I cut that into strips and decoupaged it onto some of the pumpkins and gourds.
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I dripped and splattered some beige and black paint on some of the remaining white pumpkins. I also wound jute twine around the stems.
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
Here's the "before" of an old gold crackle pumpkin...
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
... and here's the "after."
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
Here's the "before" of a very-fake-looking orange pumpkin....
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
... and here's the "after."
pumpkin makeover, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I love the updated look.

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2 comments
  • Trixie63
    on Oct 18, 2015

    I love this. Since we've an empty nest I don't decorate like before but I could just get all my old ones out, use your treatment and tuck them amongst the ironstone on the mantle. Thank you!

  • Hannah V
    on Oct 19, 2015

    Pretty ideas!

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