Whenever I develop a simple project that relies on readily available thrift store items, I get an extra charge of satisfaction. And this Halloween-themed project is no exception- while I was at my local Goodwill, I simply couldn’t get away from these wicker / rattan paper plate holders- there were a TON of these in the housewares section.
Growing up, I ate meals at plenty of homes that had these on hand. Designed to support a standard paper plate, they were a 1970s-1980s staple…but ironically, I don’t think we had them in our house! Either way, it was obvious to me that people were cleaning out their cupboards and adding these old wicker paper plate holders to their donation piles.
They’re really begging to be repurposed aren’t they? Inexpensive, easy-to-find, and a plain/simple canvas for a new beginning. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
A Paper Plate Holder Makeover
And for me, a lot of new beginnings involve spray paint. For this project? Krylon’s pumpkin orange spray paint…emphasis on the pumpkin.
Once the paint dried, I grabbed some scraps of felt from my stash- a mottled green for the stem, and black for the jack-o-lantern face. Oh, and some fabric glue to attach my felt pieces to the now-orange wicker.
I mean, come on- how cute is that??
He needed a few more embellishments, so I purchased some “silk” leaves to give him that “just picked” look. And yes, I realize the leaf shape is more oak-y than squash-y, but I loved the autumn colors and the hints of shimmery gold. I already had some curly-q dried grasses on hand that I had used in my summer jars, so I spray painted them green and added them to the mix.
When all was said and done, I had a charming little decorative piece. Thanks to the open weave of the paper plate holder, I was able to slide a piece of thread through the back (behind the stem) and tie off a little loop- perfect for hanging on a door!
A Pumpkin Revealed!
Maybe not quite as cute as the vintage cardboard decorations my mom would use around the house all those years ago, but definitely cute enough…especially for the price AND for the simplicity of the project!
Now I really want to make more projects with these wicker holders to use during different times of year…hmmm…what would you suggest?