Made another trip to one of my favorite thrift stores recently. I found this not so pretty decor pumpkin. It was outdated to me, but I could see it had good bones, so I snapped it up.
“FACELIFT” For Thrifted $3.00 Fall Decor Pumpkin-Take A L👀K!
As you can see, it was blah looking. But for $3.00, I could see it’s potential. So I took everything off it down to the bare bones. Literally.
I know this still shows the ugly styrofoam made up of all those tiny BB sized mess. Don’t know about you folks, but that junk drives me nuts! It flies everywhere! It took me quite a while to get it off the frame and the floor, and the counter! 🤯🤯 That thing had so much hot glue under it, I thought I would never get it off! But I digress. As you can see, the metal frame has rust spots on it. Not being a fan of rust, I scrubbed the frame good and dried it. I then decided to wrap the pumpkin with remnant jute rope. I used up lots of left over pieces from other projects. It took me several hours because I used a single strand of the rope and occasionally put a drop or two of super glue to hold the beginnings and ends. This is how it looked with the wrapped rope. Already looks sooooo much better with just the rope!
The frame had 2 metal prongs sticking upward to hold whatever base you would use in center. I broke the prongs off. I then bought a 2 pack of circular styrofoam from the Dollar Tree for my base. I glued the 2 pieces together. I cut out a circle of the top piece of styrofoam so that my battery operated Dollar Tree candle would fit into it. I had previously painted it orange for use with this project. With it being battery operated, I could not glue it to the base. I did hot glue the styrofoam to the metal base. I found a package of reindeer moss in my floral stash that I forgot I had. I opened it and hot glued it around the entire styrofoam. I then began placing fall colored leaves and different fall berries and other related small things. This is how it looked before starting to decorate it.
This is the final result. You might not like it but I surely do. No more looking blah. 🙌🙌 All I see are just pretty vibrant fall colors. What a difference it made in this piece! Here is some unsolicited advice. When you see something that you “might” like, take a minute and think what you envision the piece becoming. This method works for me. You can call it “intuition”or a “gut feeling”. All I know that when a piece “speaks” to me, I listen.
Forgot to attach the bottom of this pumpkin, before so that you could see the price tag. Here it is.