Modern Halloween Decor

Modern Halloween Decor

Pumpkin candy buckets are a common sight at thrift stores during the Fall, aren’t they? And when they’re not loaded with candy, they’re loaded with upcycling possibilities. So, I decided to give one a makeover for my latest project for the Charlotte Region ReStore blog. I wanted to create some modern Halloween decor that was neither cutesy nor spooky.

Plastic pumpkins at a thrift store

You make recall that I gave a junky makeover to some of these two years ago. I used rust effect paint to give them a very weathered and rusty look.

Plastic pumpkins as primitive Halloween decor with rust effect paint

Even though I still love how those turned out, I was looking for a much cleaner, sleeker look this time. So, I found yet another candy bucket at Habitat ReStore and got to work!

Pumpkin candy bucket to become a metallic pumpkin

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Making a Metallic Pumpkin Planter

Instead of using that rust effect paint, I chose a variety of metallic paints for the makeover. But the copper was, by far, my favorite!

Metallic pumpkin and boho planter

It’s sleek and chic and perfect for a modern or Boho-inspired home, don’t you think?

If you are interested in the full tutorial for making this “glam-o-lantern”, please pop on over to the Charlotte Region ReStore’s blog post! All the details and step-by-step photos can be found on their website- thanks for understanding!

Upcycling ideas with Habitat Restore Charlotte Region

It’s such a simple makeover, but it really packs a punch. Don’t get me wrong, I love orange pumpkins at this time of year, but the metallic paint really adds a level of snazziness to it.

Chic halloween decor with a metallic pumpkin

Which metallic color would you try this with? As you saw on the ReStore blog, I also made a gold version.

But I think an antique bronze would look really nice, too!

Modern Halloween Decor

Either way, a flowing green plant (real or faux) looks gorgeous against the metallic pumpkin planter, don’t you think? It definitely has a different feel to it than your typical Halloween decor.

Upcycling a pumpkin candy bucket into modern Halloween decor

In related news, I’ve also been creating a Pinterest profile for the Charlotte Region ReStore(s)! I hope you already follow me on Pinterest, but you might also want to follow this ReStore profile, as well!

I hope you enjoyed this super simple, but very effective upcycling idea for plastic pumpkins! And as always, I appreciate your understanding that the full tutorial is on the ReStore blog, and not mine.

If you enjoyed this take on Boho or modern Halloween decor, then you may also be interested in these simple jack-o-planters, as well!

Terracotta jack o lantern for boho Halloween

And for another fresh and modern take on Halloween decor, check out these Halloween Terrariums that I upcycled, too!

halloween terrarium in a black candle lantern

Craft on!


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  1. I really liked the copper–very chic. I grew up with my mom’s Revere Ware with copper bottoms and have always been partial to copper anything! When I saw your stack of pumpkins I immediately thought “totem pole”. See, you really are teaching me to think outside the box! Maybe another year?

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