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September 17, 2021

DIY Heirloom Pumpkin Fall Wreath

By Sarah Ramberg

Hey, there, it’s Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods again, with a new upcycling idea to share with you.

It may still FEEL like summer here in Charlotte, but I definitely have Fall on the brain- anyone else? So, if you’re anything like me and are itching for an autumn-themed project from the Charlotte Region ReStores, then you’ve come to the right place!

To celebrate the early days of Fall, I decided to create an heirloom pumpkin-inspired wreath to hang on my front door. There are lots of ways to customize this project to your own taste, but trust me when I tell you that this is easy enough for anyone to do!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper plate holders (or a similar type of flat, round basket)
  • Spray paint
  • Fall-themed wood sign
  • Wood stain
  • Wood staining supplies (foam brush, clean rag, gloves)
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun (or other craft glue)
  • Fall leaves
  • Jute or Hemp twine
  • Scissors

Pro-tip: Keep your eyes peeled for craft items like the fall-themed wood sign, fall leaves, pinecones, or other autumnal faux foliage at the Charlotte ReStore locations – you never know what you could find! 

Safety first!

For any spray painting that you do, make sure you have a well-ventilated area to work in. And when working with a hot glue gun, make sure to keep your fingers away from the tip and don’t touch any recently-dispensed glue that is still soft. If you work with an oil-based wood stain, please take care when disposing of any used rags or other supplies that came in contact with the stain.

Here’s how I made this Pumpkin Fall Wreath:

  • First, head to your local Charlotte Region ReStore and find something round(ish) and hangable. I found a stack of wicker paper plate holders at the Wendover ReStore, but other flat baskets would work just fine!
  • Gather the rest of your crafting supplies from the list above and set up your crafting station(s). And maybe you’ll luck out with a really nice day to do everything outside or on the back porch!
ReStore finds for DIY project
Gathered craft supplies for DIY Heirloom Wreat
Spray paint basket

  • Paint your “pumpkin”, either with spray paint or regular paint (latex or acrylic). I chose aqua for a farmhouse-inspired heirloom pumpkin. But you could go a more traditional route with orange or go in a neutral direction with white or cream!
  • While the spray paint on my paper plate holder dried, it was time to focus on staining the wood sign. I found several laser-cut options at various craft stores around town. And if you’d rather paint your sign than stain it, that’d work just fine! Follow the directions on your wood stain of choice to apply on the sign. Then, wipe any excess stain away with a clean cloth and let it dry/cure overnight.

  • After the basket and the sign are dry and ready to go, you can finish up your wreath with the felt and foliage of your choice!
  • Cut out a basic stem shape from your felt (I used the leftover scraps from the time we made felt succulents!) and hot glue it to the back of your basket. Then, glue the sign in place and add leaves where appropriate.
  • String a loop of twine (or thread or embroidery floss, whatever you have on hand) through the back of the basket and it’s all set to be hung on your front door!
Finished Heirloom Pumpkin Wreath


It’s Fall, Y’all!

How cute is that?? The perfect way to welcome Fall this year, and such a fun and easy upcycling craft project to work on! If you love this upcycling idea for an heirloom pumpkin fall wreath, tag us (@cltregionrestore and @sadieseasongoods) with the hashtag #ReStoreWelcomeFall. We can’t wait to see your autumn-inspired door décor that started at one of our ReStores!
Want more inspo? Don’t forget to check out our past projects like the Glam Halloween Jack-O-Lantern!

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