Fall Apples and Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Wood

Fall Apples and Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Wood

Even though I had already upcycled some monkey pod wood once before, I decided that thrifting fate was telling me to do it again. You see, I came across these bowls twice over the course of a few weeks. And, well – that’s a rarity for most thrift store “smalls”! After I saw them the second time, I decided they kind of looked like Fall apples – or rather, they could look like apple decor. So, in the cart they went.

Believe it or not, I already had a wooden apple trivet in my garage from last year. And since I had never created any apple decor before, I finally had a trio that was worthy of a makeover and blog post!

Apple bowls and a wooden trivet to upcycle and paint to become the fall home decor for autumn decorating

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Monkey Pod Wood Bowls turned Fall Apples

To keep things interesting, I decided to paint both red and green apples. So, I gathered some painting supplies in good apple colors and got to work.

After the red chalk paint and apple green satin paint had dried (two coats each), I set my sights on the “stems” of the monkey pod wood pieces.

Not quite leaves and not quite stems – it was a weird top, if you ask me. So, I was going to have to free-hand my way to make them look more like Fall apples.

Painting the leaves of apple bowls to be used as fall home decor for autumn decorating

With a little dark green paint and a small, rounded-edge craft paint brush, I was able to fudge some green leaves at the top of the monkey pod wood. I left the center of each top bare to replicate the woody stem of an apple.

Sanding the red chalk paint and finishing the apple bowls for Fall home decor with monkey pod wood

After that, I set the apple bowls aside and worked on the trivet. Before doing anything else, I sanded it down with some flexible 220-grit sandpaper. I did the same to the monkey pod wood bowl that I had painted with the red chalk paint, too.

Because of its flat surface, it was begging for a little stenciling! So, I bought a small Fall stencil, and gathered white craft paint and a small stencil brush.

Using a fall stencil on a wood trivet to make Fall home decor and to welcome autumn

I stippled over the stencil twice with white paint (needed for more opaque coverage over the deep scarlet red).

Fall stencil on apple decor to welcome fall with monkey pod wood that came from the thrift store

Welcoming Autumn with Fall Apples and Apple Decor

When the paint dried, I removed the stencil and ran a piece of 220-grit sandpaper over the stenciling (lightly!) and that was it! Now, I just needed to buff clear wax over my Fall apples to set the chalk paint.

Buffing on clear wax to monkey pod wood that has been painted with red chalk paint for fall home decor

After buffing them to a smooth sheen, my Fall apples were done! Super easy makeover, and now I finally have some apple decor in my arsenal of fall projects.

Monkey Pod wood bowls from thrift store that are now apple decor

I’m so glad I didn’t pass them up the second time around! And I’m REALLY glad (and honestly, a little surprised), that I remembered that apple trivet hiding out in the garage. I love decorating in “3’s” (or any odd number, for that matter).

Apple decor for fall home decor by giving a makeover to monkey pod wood with chalk paint


First off, thank you again for being patient with me as I work on my first book. Normally, I would be posting new Fall projects like crazy here on the blog at this time of year. But Fall 2019 has turned into a very different kind of busy for me.

As I’ve mentioned before, all of the book projects I’m working on are themed – using the same kind of “material” in each one. And so far, I’ve completed around 20 projects for the book. If all goes as planned, that will be approximately one-third of the projects in my book. THAT’S why I’m so busy – I have 50-60 projects to complete by the time my manuscript is due!

Any guesses as to the “material” that will be used in each project? As a hint, it’s one of my all-time favorite things to upcycle with – especially at the time of year!


And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for non-pumpkin Fall Decor, then you’ll love my fabric acorns made from tweed jackets, too!

Acorn decor for fall home decor by upcycling a mens tweed jacket and wooden salad bowls from the thrift store

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  1. phoebe hastings says

    Hi Sadie, Did you receive my photos of the door with the readers digest book covers?

  2. I love these! I made an apple cutting board from the thrift store at one time but I am loving these apple bowls. They would be great in my classroom too! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  3. wondering if they were supposed to be pineapples? but they sure work as apples

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I suppose they could be squat-shaped pineapples as pineapple bowls are far more common! And thank you so much!

  4. Enjoyed your upcycle. I have one friend whose entire kitchen is apple themed; it is still so popular and so farmhouse-y! Nice job!

  5. I do enjoy your projects. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for decorating. I would like to hear about your book when it’s published – I’d like to know where it can be purchased.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much! And I will definitely include book purchasing info in future blog posts, as well as on all my social media channels.

  6. Audrey Adkinson says

    I really like monkey pod wood …your fall decor apples are so cute. I also like the tweed acorns. I would never have looked at the salad bowls and thought of an acorn topping. So imaginative!!!!

  7. I will be the first to admit, I don’t think I would have brought these bowls home. You’ve officially changed my mind, because they are adorable and look so happy! Yes, happy bowls! Who knew?

    Featuring you in this weekend’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects!


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