Monkey Pod Wood Pumpkin Trays: Simple Fall Décor

Monkey Pod Wood Pumpkin Trays: Simple Fall Décor

Funny, but true, story about this project- it all started out when I found this apple-shaped monkey pod wood tray at the thrift store. It was May…so Spring was on my mind…and I told myself I’d make a cute apple project in the Fall.

Monkey pod wood apple tray at the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…definite potential here…

Well…that never happened…because I completely forgot I had it! That is, until I found a SECOND monkey pod wood tray and decided that BOTH of them could be easily transformed into pumpkins. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Monkey pod wood platter serving tray at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok- well finding a second is definitely a sign!

All I needed to do was paint them, wax them, and add some sort of “greenery”. So, I grabbed some chalk paint (this brand comes in small bottles, perfect for non-furniture upcyclers like me!) and gave them a quick coat of orange paint.

Giving monkey pod wood trays a chalk paint job to repurpose and upcycle them into pumpkins for DIY Fall Decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do some “pumpkinfication”, shall we?

Giving monkey pod wood trays a chalk paint job to repurpose and upcycle them into pumpkins for DIY Fall Decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There- perfectly rustic, perfectly pumpkin!

Once the chalk paint was dry, I needed to buff on some clear wax. I have Annie Sloan- which I LOVE- but there are other options available, like this one. I use a large round brush to swirl the wax on and a clean, lint-free cloth to buff until the finish is no longer tacky to the touch.

Buffing on clear furniture wax over chalk paint pumpkins made from repurposed monkey pod wood trays by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wax to give it a nice finish…

Much better- nice and satiny smooth with just a hint of shine- now they’re ready for the finishing touches.

Buffing on clear furniture wax over chalk paint pumpkins made from repurposed monkey pod wood trays by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I do love a good waxed finish…

Seriously, y’all…from start to finish, this project took me just a couple of hours to do! The chalk paint dries in a hot second, and while the wax takes several days to FULLY harden, it goes on and buffs off really quickly. So this is a great last minute fall project if you happen to find some monkey pod wood in pumpkin-esque shapes!

To add a touch of rustic greenery, I used some wide burlap ribbon in a pea green (similar to this one) and some jute twine.

Adding green burlap and jute twine to repurposed monkey pod tray pumpkins as greenery by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They just need a little somethin’ to finish them off…

The burlap ribbon was wired, but I didn’t need that aspect…so I snipped out a long piece between the wires (using my favorite mixed media scissors), and tied it around the monkey pod wood handles. Then, I layered on a knotted piece of jute over the ribbon. I didn’t glue the “greenery” to the handles (or should I say “stems”?), but I did use a drop of hot glue here and there to get the jute to lay more nicely over the ribbon at the knot.

DIY simple fall decor by repurposing and upcycling monkey pod wood trays into rustic pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! My little pumpkin trays!

And you know what? I love ‘em! I mean, I have special affection in my heart for any project that is this easy to do…but my monkey pod pumpkin trays turned out wonderfully. I can use them as rustic autumn décor, or as serving trays for wrapped Halloween candy, etc. (or anything wrapped).

DIY simple fall decor by repurposing and upcycling monkey pod wood trays into rustic pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wouldn’t these be great for Thanksgiving decor?

DIY simple fall decor by repurposing and upcycling monkey pod wood trays into rustic pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Simple, rustic…perfect for autumn.

Ok- that’s *3* pumpkin projects this year…I probably need to quit while I’m ahead, right? But I just couldn’t resist squeezing one more in…

Craft on!

S

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Since these are perfect for Thanksgiving, please check out All Free Holiday Crafts for more Thanksgiving décor ideas!


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Comments

  1. Those are adorable! Pinned & sharing.

  2. Great Job, love these!

  3. So stinkin’ cute. 🙂

  4. So cute and simple.

  5. Those turned out sooo cute! And would be so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I see those trays all the time in the thrift stores…I thought apple too but love them as pumpkins! Very cute!

  7. I think you enjoy adding to my list of stuff to look for while thrifting!!!! Meanwhile, I am working on my third batch of your beach glass painted candle holders! I would love to see the round pumpkin one painted a nice scarlet red or lime green for apples, too! So cute for a country kitchen! So cute, as usual!

  8. Peggie Russo-Millard says:

    Love these Pumpkins!

  9. Patty Soriano says:

    Sure would love to go to that show, but we’re down here in totally non-Fall Texas. I like the pumpkins though. I curious why you are calling them “monkey pods.” I haven’t heard that term before.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Monkey pod is the type of tree/wood that is used! If you Google it, there’s more info on it. 🙂 And shhh…I have some tickets for some of the Texas shows coming up! 🙂

  10. Was it you who had the Vintage Market Days: Columbia? If so, who won?

    Love your pumpkins. I’m going to start looking at those monkey pod trays a little differently!

  11. What an ingenious idea. Love tgem

  12. Oh these are so perfect, they were made to be pumpkins!!

  13. Only you would see pumpkins when spotting these trays at the thrift store, Sarah! Very clever and oh so stink’n cute! Pinned and sharing

  14. Really cute!

  15. Turning these guys into pumpkins is such a wonderful idea. So cute!

  16. So cute and easy – genius!🎃

  17. adorable!
    b

  18. Merry Hodges says:

    These are so cute! I am not very crafty, but love things like this. Your directions were very simple and I think I could do this!

  19. These are so cute! Such a great idea.

  20. I’ve never seen trays like this but I will be on the lookout. Hopefully when I find them they won’t end up in the pile with my cut up plaid blazer. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  21. Those are adorable! I love remaking things into something new. 🙂

  22. Love these pumpkin trays! Good thing you remembered you had the first one – the pair look great together 🙂

  23. Well that is just brilliant! What a great, quick upcycle.

  24. This is a fun way to re-purpose these. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Super cute, Sarah! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  26. So very clever. You have a great eye for repurposing items. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Waste Not Wednesday Link Party.

  27. THIS LOOKS VERY PRETTY DEFINITELY GONNA TRY IT

  28. These are adorable! Now I have something else to look for at the flea market!!

  29. I absolutely love this project, especially the creative use of a thrift store find. I’m glad you found the second tray because I think they do best as a pair. Thanks for sharing!

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