I love rummaging through the plastic binds at a thrift store. I have found some awesome items buried under all the junk. Like these two ping pong paddles. There were two at .99 cents each. Read on to see how I repurposed the ping pong paddles.
Repurposed Ping Pong Paddles Into Pumpkins!
The purpose of this thrift store visit was to find pieces I could upcycle into budget-friendly fall décor. Based on the shape of the paddles, you can see they look just like a pumpkin!
The first order of business was to remove the rubber off the paddle itself. Luckily, it peeled right off.
After I removed the rubber, I sanded them lightly with 220-grit sandpaper to remove any adhesive that might have been left behind.
I decided I did not want to go with the traditional orange pumpkin. To tell you the truth, my craft paint stash did not include orange paint. Therefore, I had to improvise. I decided to use black, buttercream and camel.
Two Ping Pong Paddles
Camel Craft Paint
Buttercream Craft Paint
Stencil Foam Brush Dabber
Raffia Bows - Hobby Lobby
For my first paddle, I applied two coats of black paint.
After the paint dried, I distressed around the edges. I used my dabber brush to apply dots using my camel craft paint.
The second paddle followed the same process. I used Camel for the base and Buttercream for the dots.
Adding Raffia and Raffia Bow
I took three strands of raffia and tied it around the bottom of the handle. I then used my hot glue gun to add the raffia bow.
This thrift store project cost less than $5.00. I have two unique pumpkins that I can display, and the fun part, they have a story behind them!
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