Autumn Pumpkin Trinket Box…from Salad Bowls!

Autumn Pumpkin Trinket Box…from Salad Bowls!

There are certain project supplies…or “idea” supplies… that I stalk thrift stores for until I finally find them, and this project is the perfect example of that. I’ve been on the hunt for wooden salad bowls for months and months and rarely saw any in a shape that I could work with. I was being picky, yes, but as of last week, IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!

Because, my friends, I found the perfect…no really, PERFECT, bowls at Goodwill. They were solid, in seriously good shape, and they even had ridges (bonus!).

Vintage wooden salad bowls at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Come to mama…

I picked out two that worked well together (I know! I should have bought the lot!), brought them home, gave them a quick wipe down, and got to work. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

From Salad Bowls to Pumpkin…

For this project, I needed to paint them orange- so I chose an autumn-y shade of orange paint and a basic crafting sponge brush.

Getting ready to paint vintage wooden salad bowls to repurpose and upcycle them as DIY Fall & Autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s transform them!

I had originally planned on distressing them a little, but as it turned out, I didn’t need to! A relatively dry (i.e., very little paint) sponge gave me a rustic paint job that didn’t look forced. Oh, and guess what- cupcake box liners make excellent paint mixing bowls. Who knew?

Painting vintage wooden salad bowls to repurpose and upcycle them as DIY Fall & Autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

PERFECT idea for a cupcake box liner!

Once the interior dried (which was super quick), I worked on the outside of each bowl, ending up with a pair like this.

Painting wooden salad bowls to repurpose them into a pumpkin for autumn Fall decorating by Sadie Seasongoods /

Progressing nicely…

I was really happy with the result, despite having little to no talent with painting! So, here’s where I’m going with this project:

Painting wooden salad bowls to repurpose them into a pumpkin for autumn Fall decorating by Sadie Seasongoods /

Oh yeah…!

It looks a little pumpkin-esque, no? I just needed to add some hardware.

First up, a teeny tiny hinge, to turn my salad bowls into a pumpkin – shaped box!

Small hinge to be used to upcycle wooden salad bowls into a DIY pumpkin hinged box for autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

…with Cottonball’s help, of course.

And last, but not least, a knob for the top. I headed to my local Habitat ReStore because I knew they had a bin of salvaged knobs. But as I pawed through it, my fingers found a swirly, ornate little swag / coat hook.  At first, I held it sideways- as its original purpose would dictate- and pondered if I could use it for another project. I mean, it was only $0.50! But as I was putting it back in the bin, and I held it by the narrow tip, I realized just how “gourd stem-like” it looked.

Vintage swag hook to be used to upcycle wooden salad bowls into a DIY pumpkin hinged box for autumn decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

I’ll never look at swag hooks the same…

I swear I heard a chorus of repurposing angels break out into song.

The Big Reveal

And just like that (with the help of a drill and my husband, Jon), I had a seriously cute pumpkin – shaped trinket box to use for autumn décor.

DIY hinged pumpkin trinket box from repurposed and upcycled vintage wooden salad bowls by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perfect for tucking your treasures away

DIY hinged pumpkin trinket box from repurposed and upcycled vintage wooden salad bowls by Sadie Seasongoods /


DIY hinged pumpkin trinket box from repurposed and upcycled vintage wooden salad bowls by Sadie Seasongoods /

100% perfection, if I do say so myself!

I know I say this all the time, but can you stand it? The cuteness, I mean? I feel like I’m having a dorky-crafting mic-drop moment right now…and I’m ALSO wondering if the rest of those bowls are still at my Goodwill…hmm

And before you go, get even more upcycled autumn project inspiration from my full collection of ideas here!

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  1. I love it when I hear the chorus of repurposing angels break out into song. I heard them too just reading this post. I LOVE this! It is very creative. I get your emails and I love your posts. You make me laugh! Thanks for that.

  2. Very cute!

  3. Very cool! love it. Now I will have to be on the look out for some wood salad bowls….lol….I will never look at them the same way.

  4. Jayne McLeod (Canada) says

    YOU are a riot alice !!!!!!!! I just LOvE reading your posts……..YOU make me smile and YOU are sooooo very creative, thanks for being such an important part of what makes my days so CHEERY….enjoy the SONshine !! Jayne

  5. So cute! I never would have looked at those and envisioned what you did. Very creative. I bet those could sell well.

  6. This is my kind of upcycle! I love your blog!

  7. I love it, . especially the stem. I have a few of those hooks. I will look for something to use as a pumpkin. Great blog.

  8. OH this is adorable, I’ve been on the hunt for some vintage wood bowls for the same project lucky girl these are perfect! so Pinning to my Junk Halloween Board!

  9. Really nifty! I can’t believe you had the vision… but the vision came to life and Voila! Pumpkin box. Love it. Thanks so much for sharing it with “Let’s Talk Vintage!”

  10. OMG. You’re killing me! This is so cute!!! Pinning!


  11. These are adorable! I have some wood bowls that came from my husband’s aunts house. They are too small for the big salads we like. Now I’m thinking they might make some cute repurposed boxes. I have some drawer knobs that I might use in place of the little hook on top.

    Thank you for the creative inspiration!

  12. So cute! I will be checking out the Goodwill here for some cute bowls!

  13. Really cute!! Great idea!

  14. I’d be running back to Goodwill to buy the rest of them. This is just too cute and clever. I love it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  15. What a great steal. I love it! Thanks for sharing your link at Welcome Home Wednesday link party.

  16. Really cute and functional!

  17. What a cute idea! I never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Have a great day!

  18. That turned out so cute!

  19. Wow, the bowls really were perfect! I have two wooden bowls, but they are just rounded. How awesome to find them with the ridges. Thanks for sharing this cute idea with SYC.

  20. You are a genius! What’s the chances of finding the perfect ridged bowls for pumpkins! Now I will be looking, too! LOL! This project turned out great.

  21. That is a beyond awesome idea! You must’ve been doing the happy dance in the aisles of Goodwill when you saw those. I can’t believe you didn’t buy the lot…girl you could’ve made more to sell on Etsy! Pinning to my Fall Ideas Board.

  22. Really awesome, cute idea!!!!! So savvy!!! I love Goodwill!!! 🙂

  23. Very, very, very cute! You really, really should have bought all of those bowls!!

  24. You are awesome! Genius upcycle Sarah! Pinning.

  25. Wow! You really had a good eye for these ones…I can imagine the chorus of angels singing when you realized what you’d made. Great job, I think it’s so cool how something can be so seriously transformed I never would have know these were salad bowls :p Pinning!

  26. LOVE it Sarah! I’m sitting here shaking my head at your sublime cleverness. That looks fantastic! Love, Mimi xxx

  27. Love this! You are so creative, I never would of thought of making a trinket box from salad bowls. Love how it turned out, so cute! Pinning!

  28. You are so creative! I never in a million years would have come up with this idea and I love it! I’ve pinned it and am sharing it on FB today. Thanks for adding this project to the “Best of the Weekend” party.

  29. This is such a fabulous idea. So creative! Love it! Shared on facebook!

  30. I saw this on Hometalk this morning and actually laughed out loud! So clever, so cute, so jealous I didn’t think of it! Two thumbs up, seriously.

  31. I’m SO jealous! these are so totally cute and sooo clever!!

  32. Very creative! Love that it’s a different kind of fall pumpkin project. Great job!

  33. Oh my gosh, that is really clever and creative and …………adorable.
    What a great idea……….
    You are indeed gifted in having the foresight to see what something can turn into……amazing!

  34. Roxanne Hubbard says

    I love this!! So cute and clever!

  35. You have unbelievable vision. That’s all I gotta say about that! Featuring you on FB sunday afternoon. 🙂

  36. thesummeryumbrella says

    This idea is truly stunning! Thank you so much for linking this up at The Creative Circle Link Party, and just wanted to let you know that it’ll be featured on this week’s party. Thank you again 🙂

  37. What a great project! The box is really cute 🙂

  38. Genius!!!!

  39. Hmm… Could I try to make that one in my pottery class? If I make the holes carefully I might be able to add the hinges and I could make the stem handle… Thanks for the inspiration!!

  40. Ok, I want one just like it! Where would I put it, and how do I keep my 5 year old from claiming it for himself? Hmm I think I need to go thrifting now! I came via Funky Junk Interiors. 🙂

  41. so perfect

  42. This is one of the best DIY projects I have ever seen!

  43. Popping over from Merry Monday =) No. I cannot stand how cute that is! I need one now! Come share your crafts, DIY’s, recipes & up-cycles at #2usestuesday (Mon PM to Fri PM) & your pinnable images at #Pinbellish (Fri AM to Tues AM) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

  44. What a clever idea, so cute. I shared on Pinterest. Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. Wow, this is so awesome! Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Joanita x

  46. First time here, and I love it!!! The pumpkin turned out perfectly!

  47. That hook couldn’t have been more perfect…this is the kind of repurposing I love. Looks awesome.

  48. kentuckygal50 says

    One of the best fall decor projects I’ve seen! I pinned the last graphic to my “Fallidays” board and as soon as I’m done with this comment I’m going to find out how to subscribe to your blog. Excellent work!

  49. i love that you see salad bowls and think pumpkin sweet!


    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  51. Super cute project! I love how you thought of making a pumpkin from these bowls, so creative!! I’ve pinned this to our board at Merry Monday!

  52. How adorable and very creative! Love your idea Sarah!

  53. Okay, that’s just outrageously brilliant. Seriously! Nailed it. Hinged it. Made it dazzling! 😀
    Cheers, and now I’m newly pumped for pumpkins,

  54. This is the cutest pumpkin project I’ve seen this season! I love it. That hinge is just the perfect touch!

  55. Sarah, thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  56. This is seriously adorable!! I love this idea. I need to go find myself some of those bowls so I can actually maybe decorate for a change! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday’s we hope to see you again this wee.

  57. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins says

    This is awesome Sarah!!!! Wow! You seriously always surprise me with the level of creativity you have. Pinning and Sharing.

  58. Girl, you are a genius

  59. amazingly crafty and ingenious. love it.

  60. Wow, what a super creative thing to do! Love it. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for a salad bowl that looks like this so I can make one too!

  61. I saw those bowls on Facebook the other day. I’m glad I stumbled upon them today to see the finished product. That is seriously brilliant, and that hook is perfect. Love it!

  62. Love this idea! You’re so clever to see the potential in those wooden bowls!

  63. Such a clever repurpose Sarah!! Perfect for Fall!!

  64. My list of things to look for when I go thrifting just gets longer and longer and it’s all your fault! Another winner! Have a set of seaglass painted glasses drying in my yard, the current spray booth!

  65. I am seriously in love with this project! I saw it on facebook and now I am stalking your blog!


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