Decorative Pumpkins from Monkey Pod Wood

Decorative Pumpkins from Monkey Pod Wood

Funny, but true, story about this project- it all started out when I found this apple-shaped wooden tray at the thrift store. It was May…Spring was on my mind…so I told myself I’d make a cute apple project in the Fall. I see Monkey Pod Wood all the time but never know what to do with them – but this one was just too cute a shape to pass up.

Monkey pod wood at thrift store for upcycling into decorative pumpkins or wooden pumpkin by Sadie Seasongoods

Well…that never happened…because I completely forgot I had it! That is, until I found a SECOND tray (also made from Monkey Pod wood) and decided that BOTH of them could be easily transformed into decorative pumpkins.

Wooden tray made from Monkey Pod Wood to be repurposed into decorative pumpkins with orange chalk paint by Sadie Seasongoods

All I needed to do was paint them, wax them, and add some sort of “greenery”. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making Fall Decor from Monkey Pod Wood / Monkey Wood

First, I grabbed some orange chalk paint (this brand comes in small bottles, perfect for non-furniture upcyclers like me!) and gave them a quick pumpkin-inspired makeover.

Monkey pod wood to be painted with orange chalk paint for upcycling into decorative pumpkins by Sadie Seasongoods

No fancy techniques required – just an old fashioned paint job with a cheap-o craft paint brush.

Painting the Monkey Wood with orange chalk paint for transforming into wooden pumpkin and fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Once the orange chalk paint was dry, I buffed on some wood wax. I have Annie Sloan- which I LOVE- but there are other options available, like this one.

I used a large round brush to swirl the wood wax on the monkey pod wood. Then, I used a clean, lint-free cloth to buff until the finish was no longer tacky to the touch.

Wood wax on top of orange chalk paint for decorative pumpkins made out of monkey pod wood by Sadie Seasongoods

Now they were nice and satiny smooth with just a hint of shine!

Monkey wood that has been painted with orange chalk paint and sealed with wood wax for wooden pumpkin by Sadie Seasongoods

Seriously, y’all…from start to finish, this project took me just a couple of hours to do! The orange chalk paint dried in a hot second, and while the wood 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!

But I felt like my decorative pumpkins needed a little more embellishment…

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.

Burlap and jute twine on decorative pumpkins from monkey wood that was transformed with orange chalk paint and wood wax by Sadie Seasongoods

Decorative Pumpkins from Monkey Pod Wood for Fall Decor

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 handles of the monkey wood. Then, I layered on a knotted piece of jute twine over the burlap 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.

Wooden pumpkin made from Monkey Pod wood or Monkey wood as wooden tray decor for Autumn decorating by Sadie Seasongoods

And you know what? I love them! I mean, I have special affection in my heart for any project that is this easy to do…but these decorative pumpkins from Monkey Pod wood are as cute as can be.

I can use them as rustic fall decor, or as serving trays for wrapped Halloween candy, etc.

Transforming the monkey wood with orange chalk paint and wood wax to make wooden tray decor for Fall and Autumn by Sadie Seasongoods

These decorative pumpkins would also look nice as part of a Fall Mantel, too. Either way, I’ll never pass up any monkey wood that kind of – sort of resembles a pumpkin shape ever again!

Monkey pod wood or monkey wood that has been painted with orange chalk paint as fall decor for autumn decorating by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for decorative pumpkins, then you may also be interested this collection of repurposed projects for Fall decor, as well!

DIY, Repurposed and Upcycled Fall Decor craft project ideas for autumn and fall decorating, as compiled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!

S

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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!

  30. Hey! I absolutely love these. Do you think they would be food safe this way? I’m thinking about using them as appetizer serving trays for Thanksgiving.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hey there- they are not meant to come in direct contact with food, which I had mentioned in the Etsy listings. I would think that wrapped food (like candy or muffins in papers) would be ok, but for anything else, I would definitely use paper doilies or parchment paper underneath!

  31. What an ‘eye’ you have!!! Awesome.

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