Candy Bucket Pumpkin Recycle

5 Materials
1 Hour

I love when I can recycle something and create a fun new project. This candy pumpkin was left over from my daughter's trick or treating days, so I decided to have a go at giving it a new look and I ended up with some new pumpkins for my (dare I say farmhouse?) decor! I used an old sweater for this one!

Pretty sure everyone had something like this growing up! Instead of sending it off to the landfill, why not use it for this cute project?

First things first, give a coat of white paint.

Then it was time to fit the sweater to the pumpkin. I cut it to size, and left a bit of extra fabric to be glued to the inside of the pumpkin. Once that was done, I flipped it over.

I tucked the fabric under the bottom side of the pumpkin.

Using my hole saw bit...

Cut a perfect circle in the center, and I glued the sweater into to hole.

Nice and tight, it's perfect!

It looks clean and finished. I then added a tree branch to the top, but you can also use cinnamon sticks. Just stick the branch into the hole.

I then pushed in some faux succulents as well to add that extra charm.

I added it to my sideboard, and I just love it! You can do the same thing with the foam pumpkins fromthe dollar store. ( See my tutorial for foam pumpkins here!)

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2 questions
  • Cara
    on Oct 15, 2019

    So when you're done, the open "top" is actually on the bottom?

    And what part of the sweater did you find works best- the sleeve?

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Oct 15, 2019

      Yes top ends up being bottom and the sleeves work great for smaller the body is better for larger

  • Susie
    on Oct 1, 2020

    Why paint it if you're covering it up?

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  • Maureen
    on Oct 1, 2020

    Absolutely beautiful 🎃. I also think this is one of the most stunning plastic pumpkin makeover that I have ever seen.

    Thank you for sharing ❤️

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 19, 2020

    Your attractive black and white display is classy enough to be in magazine such as BH&G.

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