Repurposed Ping Pong Paddles Into Pumpkins!

5 Materials
30 Minutes

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.

Ping Pong Paddles

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!

Pumpkin Shape

The first order of business was to remove the rubber off the paddle itself. Luckily, it peeled right off. 

Remove Rubber

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.

Supply List

Two Ping Pong Paddles

Black Craft Paint

Camel Craft Paint

Buttercream Craft Paint

Chip Brush

Stencil Foam Brush Dabber


Raffia Bows - Hobby Lobby

Polycrylic Spray

220-Grit Sandpaper

Painting Paddles

For my first paddle, I applied two coats of black paint.  

Two Coats Black

After the paint dried, I distressed around the edges. I used my dabber brush to apply dots using my camel craft paint.

Camel Craft Paint

The second paddle followed the same process. I used Camel for the base and Buttercream for the dots.

Camel with Buttercream 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.

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!

Ping Pong Paddle Pumpkins

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  • Cindy Rubin Cindy Rubin on Oct 16, 2019

    Well done!

    What instantly came to my mind is that these could also be transormed into large Christmas ornaments for decorating... not on the tree. Perhaps a large deco garland or something poutside??



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