Pumpkin Sign / Pumpkin Patch Sign and Primitive Country Decor for Fall

Pumpkin Sign / Pumpkin Patch Sign and Primitive Country Decor for Fall

I’ll be honest with you – paper plate holders were not something I grew up with. Paper plates, yes, but designated wooden holders for them? Nope, not at all. There wasn’t much primitive country decor in my childhood home, so that’s probably why. Fast forward to my days as an upcycling blogger, though, and I couldn’t snap this one up fast enough! Because I had an upcycling idea to transform it into a pumpkin sign or pumpkin patch sign for Fall.

Paper plate holders at thrift store for upcycling ideas into primitive fall decor or a pumpkin patch sign

I knew my idea was meant to be when a SECOND one crossed my path just a few days later. I mean, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?

Wooden plate holder at thrift store for repurposing into primitive country decor and fall pumpkins

You may be wondering how on Earth I connected pumpkin decorations for Fall from these paper plate holders. And if you bear with me for just a moment, it’ll become very, very clear. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling Paper Plate Holders into Pumpkin Patch Signs

THIS was the view of the paper plate holder when I first saw it. In fact, I didn’t even know there was a makeshift basket / holder on the other side. And with summer in my rear view mirror, all I could see was pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!

So, I gave it a pumpkin makeover, starting with orange chalk paint.

Orange chalk paint to be used on paper plate holders for upcycling into pumpkin patch signs

It’s the same color I used last year for my pumpkin tray project that turned out so well.

Next, I gathered a leafy green and a caramel brown craft paint for the stems.

Pumpkin decorations for fall by upcycling the paper plate holders with orange chalk paint

As you can see, I cut off the top of the “stem” from the second paper plate holder before painting, as well.

All of a sudden, the paper plate holders were looking much more pumpkin-esque, post makeover…

Wooden pumpkin cutouts from paper plate holders to become primitive home decor for autumn and fall

Now that my pumpkin decorations for Fall and future pumpkin patch signs were painted, I wanted to put the actual holders (other side) to use! My plan was to add a brick of wet floral foam in the holder from which leafy stems could be inserted. This would give 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.

Wet floral foam to use in paper plate holders for pumpkin leaves and pumpkin sign

First, however, I took one additional 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.

Covering the wet floral foam with a paper bag before inserting leaf stems for pumpkin patch sign

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?

Pumpkin sign or pumpkin patch sign for primitive country decor from paper plate holders

Pumpkin Patch Sign / Pumpkin Sign for Primitive Fall Decor

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?

Fall pumpkins for primitive fall decor by upcycling the paper plate holders into pumpkin patch signs

I gathered up my stenciling supplies – vinyl stencil, painter’s tape, craft paint in multiple colors, etc.

Stenciling a pumpkin patch sign or pumpkin sign on paper plate holders for primitive fall decor

(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.

Sanding lightly over a pumpkin sign or pumpkin patch sign on paper plate holders for primitive home decor in autumn

I buffed on some clear wax to seal it and make the colors a little richer and that was it! I replaced the floral foam bag and greenery and my pumpkin sign / pumpkin patch sign was done. Perfect pumpkin decorations for Fall that had a primitive country decor feel.

Pumpkin sign or pumpkin patch sign as primitive country decor for Fall and Autumn from paper plate holders

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 enjoyed this upcycling idea for fall pumpkins, then you’ll love these decorative pumpkins I made from my recycling bin, as well!

Decorative gourds for harvest decor or autumn decor by painting glass jars and bottles for pumpkin decor


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  1. Karen Benitez says


  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. 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. 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

  19. What a fun and clever way to reuse a paper plate holder. I will have to remember this the next time I see one at Goodwill. Love it!

  20. You have such a gift of looking at something ordinary and turning into a treasure!


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