Wooden Pumpkin Decor and Trinket Box

Wooden Pumpkin Decor and Trinket Box

Somewhere in my Pinterest meanderings, I stumbled across a trinket box that had been made by upcycling a pair of round bowls and painted to look like Earth. I knew I wanted to do something similar but as wooden pumpkin decor instead of Planet Earth. I just needed the right set of vintage salad bowls. And then one day, there they were, staring me in the face from the Goodwill shelf.

vintage salad bowls

They were solid, in seriously good shape, and they even had ridges on the sides.

It was like they were MEANT to be pumpkins…

And this isn’t even the first time I’ve made something pumpkin-esque with something meant for salads. Remember this cake dome that I made?

cake dome for fall party decor

But back to the ridged salad bowls at hand. I picked out two that worked well together (I know! I should have bought all of them) and brought them home. Then, I gave them a quick wipe down before setting up shop to see if my upcycling idea would work.

This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. All blue, bold, and underlined text is a clickable link, either to a product or to a related post.

Upcycling Wooden Bowls into Wooden Pumpkin Decor

First, I needed to paint them orange. I chose an autumn-y shade of orange paint and grabbed a basic crafting sponge brush.

painting the vintage salad bowls

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.

painting the bowls to be wooden pumpkin decor

Oh, and guess what- plastic cupcake box liners make excellent paint mixing bowls. What a fun way to repurpose them before tossing in the recycling bin!

Once the interior of the wooden salad bowls had dried (which was super quick), I worked on the outside of each bowl.

Once they were painted, I placed them together to see if my idea for wooden pumpkin decor and a trinket box would really work!

making a wooden trinket box from salad bowls

Oh yes, I love where this is going…

Making a Wooden Trinket Box from Salad Bowls

To turn everything into a wooden trinket box, I simply needed some hardware. Including a dainty hinge that was narrow enough to fit along the edge of the small wooden bowls.

hinge for a pumpkin box

Cottonball is never far away from me when I’m working on a project!

Anyway, back to the hardware. I lined up the bowls, marked holes for the screws and carefully attached the hinge.

pumpkin box and wooden pumpkin decor

And the finishing touch? A swag light hook that I had snagged from Habitat ReStore!

swag light hook

Normally it hangs upside-down. But when its upright like this, it’s the perfect pumpkin stem.

I measured the center of the top of my wooden pumpkin decor. Then, I drilled a hole in the center of the top of the wooden trinket box and screwed in the swag hook!

Wooden Pumpkin Decor and Trinket Box

And just like that, I had a wooden trinket box that doubled as a decorative pumpkin. All from upcycling a pair of vintage salad bowls from the thrift store!

wooden pumpkin decor and trinket box

Have you ever seen a cuter trinket box? Perfect for tucking away little treasures and no one would ever know.

I know I say this all the time, but can you stand it? The cuteness, I mean?

What can I say, there are just SO many upcycling ideas and possibilities for pumpkin decor. I just can’t seem to stop making them…

wooden pumpkin decor for fall and autumn

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a trinket box and pumpkin decor, then you’ll love these decorative gourds made with glass jars and bottles!

liquor bottle painting for fall pumpkin decor

And for even more upcycling ideas that make pumpkins, check out this amazing collection of projects here!

Fall pumpkin decorations and Thanksgiving home decor

Craft on!


Want to be notified when I publish my next upcycling project tutorial?

Please subscribe here.

Join me on Social Media:

please follow sadie seasongoods on facebookplease follow sadie seasongoods on instagramfollow sadie seasongoods on pinterest





PIN ME!pumpkin box from vintage salad bowls

wooden pumpkin decor from vintage salad bowls

Website | + posts

Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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 box.so 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!

  66. You are amazing this is so clever.

Have a question or like what you see? Please let me know!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.