Pumpkin Sign Fall Décor from a Repurposed Wooden Paper Plate Holder

Pumpkin Sign Fall Décor from a Repurposed Wooden Paper Plate Holder

Sometimes, I find a potential project piece while thrifting and I have NO IDEA what it even is. That was what happened recently, when I stumbled across this oddly shaped wooden rack. So, I posted it on my Facebook page and asked for help identifying it. Within moments, dozens of people happily informed me that it was a paper plate holder!

Vintage wooden paper plate holder to be upcycled into DIY pumpkin fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Bought it anyway, not knowing what it was…

I tell you, I was dumbstruck! Never in a million years would I have guessed that paper plates would ever require such a solidly built “holder”, as I’ve always just kept them in the plastic packaging they come in.

But then, as if fate were laughing at my ignorance, another one crossed my path!

Vintage wooden paper plate holder to be upcycled into DIY pumpkin fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

At least I knew what it was this time!

What. Are. The. Chances?? Clearly I am meant to repurpose these things!

And while several Facebook readers mentioned repurposing one into a different holder of sorts, no one mentioned my plan (whew!). You see…there’s the holder/basket part…

Upcycling a vintage wooden paper plate holder into DIY pumpkin sign for fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Not the direction I plan on facing it when I’m done…

But all I could see was the back…and how it kinda-sorta resembled a pumpkin! Of course, it’s September now so I have pumpkin EVERYTHING on the brain. So, I gathered some pumpkin-making supplies and set up shop to repurpose each wooden paper plate holder into a pumpkin sign as fall décor! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

SEE? It’s totally a pumpkin waiting to happen…

After carefully sawing off a portion of the top of the second paper plate holder (using a hacksaw), I painted both in my favorite pumpkin-y orange chalk paint. It’s the same color I used last year for my pumpkin tray project that turned out so well. I then gathered a leafy green and a caramel brown craft paint for the stems.

Upcycling a vintage wooden paper plate holder into DIY pumpkin fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Gettin’ kinda pumpkin-y in here…

Upcycling a vintage wooden paper plate holder into DIY pumpkin fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting closer…

Now that my paper plate holder “pumpkins” were painted, I wanted to put the actual holders (other side) to use! They could hold floral foam from which leafy stems could be inserted, giving my pumpkins a more still-on-the-vine pumpkin patch look.

I purchased two bricks of floral wet foam– even though I wasn’t going to use it for real flowers, I like the “moldability” of wet foam, knowing that I could crunch and press (i.e., mold) it to fit each paper plate holder.

Using floral wet foam to hold greenery for DIY pumpkin sign fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now for some embellishments!

I did, however, take a vanity/cleanliness step that is totally optional. After I molded the foam bricks to fit each wooden paper plate holder, I wrapped them in brown paper bags. I thought it would look a little neater, and keep that dreaded “floral foam dust” from getting everywhere.

Using floral wet foam to hold greenery for DIY pumpkin sign fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a little cover up…

Now to give it a pumpkin patch look! I used these green maple leaves from Michaels as my greenery, cutting them to size with my wire cutters. Doesn’t that look cute?

Repurposing a vintage wooden paper plate holder as a pumpkin sign for fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like it’s in a pumpkin patch!

Repurposing a vintage wooden paper plate holder as a pumpkin sign for fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…but it needs something else…

Even though I liked how it looked just as it was, I knew a little stenciling would put it over the top- and let’s face it, what’s cuter than a pumpkin sign this time of year?

Stenciling on a pumpkin sign to an upcycled wooden paper plate holder from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I never pass up the chance to stencil something…

(Note- the paper bag-wrapped foam block and leaves slides in and out with ease, making it easy to stencil even after I had cut all the greenery!)

After I carefully stippled and swirled on my paint, I lightly sanded the entire thing to “rough it up” a bit, aging the lettering and the wooden edges.

Stenciling on a pumpkin sign to an upcycled wooden paper plate holder from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That’s it!!

I buffed on some clear wax to seal it and make the colors a little richer and that was it- lovely pumpkin sign fall décor from a 1980s wooden paper plate holder!

DIY pumpkin sign as fall decor using a repurposed wooden paper plate holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfection…

Isn’t that wild? I love how my pumpkin sign turned out and the best part is, it could still be a paper plate holder year-round!

And if you want even more upcycled fall décor inspiration, I hope you’ll check out my entire collection here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Karen Benitez says:

    Adorable!!

  2. That is so adorable! You are so creative! I am so happy I found your blog! You inspire me

  3. Melissa Ann Fleming says:

    Wow! If I saw that wooden piece at the thrift store, I’d walk right on by it. But you turned it into something so creative and cute! Genius and awesome and TFS!

  4. Robyn Wright says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  5. I must live under a rock,I have never seen anything like these before, and made to hold paper plates no less, I never would have guessed that! What a great vision on this pumpkin upcycle Sarah!!

  6. Rita Corblies says:

    Imagination…so cute…pumpkins…pumpkins…every where

  7. Love these! I have never thought about looking at the “back” of an item, will have to totally keep that in mind! <3

  8. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Thanks again for something easy and fun!

  9. Great upcycles. I’m like you, my paper plates stay in the plastic wrapper; not enough counter or wall space for the wooden holder! The stenciling just “made” the project in my book. Well done!

  10. Charlie Collins says:

    Cute!! I saw it as a turkey with folded cloth napkins as the feathers – functional centerpiece. Who knew a paper plate holder could be so versatile?!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Ohhhh I can see that, too! Someone on my Facebook page mentioned a Halloween black cat- CRAZY versatility, right?

  11. So cute. I guess i better start thinking about fall decorating. I sometimes procrastinate on decorating when the seasons change. Up until today we were still in full summer heat. Can’t wait for cooler weather. You are inspiring me tonight.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s still blisteringly hot here, too…but blogging is a lot like magazines in that we’re always thinking a couple of seasons ahead of reality! 😉

  12. So very cute!

  13. That is a very clever idea for an old paper plate holder! I never would of thought of using it like that. Love it!

  14. Lynda Wise says:

    Love it! I am so sorry to say I couldn’t find a plain straw bag to make a door hanging. I ordered some beautiful peonies from Amazon. Ill wait to closer to spring to try to make it again.

  15. my favorite season for decorations…am loving your ideas!!!!

  16. Amy Holmes says:

    My mind is blown! I LOVE this! You never stop amazing me with the wonderful “remakes” you think of.

  17. Hilary Milner says:

    The second one you found really made me think of a turkey with the design cut into the wooden front. I liked the other comment by Charlie about storing napkins folded to look like feathers. Very inspiring post.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes!! Several people saw the turkey shape, and someone on my Facebook page saw a crouching Halloween cat, too. Loads of possibilities!

  18. Barbara Morrow says:

    I have been searching for one to use for Thanksgiving on my new farm table

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