A drawer knob pumpkin with chalk paint is a perfect way to give new life to those outdated or slightly damaged decorative pumpkins that are taking up storage space.
It’s always fun to add a few new things to your seasonal decor each year, but even just a few new items can add up quickly. And this time of year when there are several major holidays right around the corner I try to keep frivolous spending to a minimum (I don’t always achieve this goal, but I try and it’s good to have goals!).
When I do buy something new I always try to give away or donate an item or two so the house doesn’t get overrun with items that need to be stored for a large majority of the year. What I don’t like is when I have something that I don’t think is worthy of donating or giving away, whether it be because it’s too dated or a little damaged.
I really hate to just add these to the landfill, so I like to find a way to make them over and reuse them if I can. This is obviously a great way to help with the budget as well!
That’s where I was at with this pumpkin lingering in a storage closet:
I have a couple of these styrofoam pumpkins that I haven’t put out for the last several years, but they had a couple of dents so they weren’t really worthy of giving away.
I love the trend toward neutral fall decor (since it allows me to more discretely begin adding pumpkins around the house in August). So, a few outdated pumpkins and a new love for neutral fall decor seemed like the perfect chance to try a pumpkin makeover.
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Supplies for Drawer Knob Pumpkin
Decorative pumpkin- Mine was an old styrofoam pumpkin
Drawer Knob- I found mine at Hobby Lobby, purchased at 50% off for $2.50 (in the same section I found the drawer knobs for these picture hangers)
Foam brush- I used a 1-inch disposable
Step 1. Paint the pumpkin with your craft or chalk paint. Let dry.
Step 2. To add the curly tendrils, cut a section of rope/twine approximately 12 inches. Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge around the rope and wrap it around a pencil, leaving about 1 inch of the rope straight on each end. Lift the rope lightly every few minutes to be sure the rope doesn’t adhere to the pencil. Once the Mod Podge starts to setup a little, carefully remove the rope from the pencil, making sure it keeps its curly shape. I let mine dry about 10 minutes before removing it from the pencil and it held its shape well at that point.
Step 3. Cut the rope in half. Apply a very thick layer of Mod Podge in the center of the top of the pumpkin. Make a somewhat circular shape with the Mod Podge that is about the same size as the diameter of the drawer knob. Lay the 1 inch sections that you left straight on each end of the rope into the Mod Podge. Insert your knob on top. If possible, it would be best to lay something, such as a book, to weight the drawer knob down while the Mod Podge dries. I did not and it stuck just fine.
After the way this drawer knob pumpkin turned out, I’m definitely planning to make more. I especially love the way the chalky finish paint crackled once it had dried giving the pumpkin an aged look. You can see this detail better in a close-up:
Usually once I paint something in the house and am happy with the result, I have a tendency to see what else I can possibly put a coat of paint on and give new life. Thankfully I’ve still got plenty of chalk paint and fall decor just asking for a makeover.
You’ll probably find me out on the deck all weekend with a paintbrush in one hand and a pumpkin in the other. I would love to say I’ll be sipping a steamy hot vanilla latte in between it all, but Mother Nature forgot it’s fall and is giving us 90-degree temps! I guess I better put that latte on ice.
If you decide to make a drawer knob pumpkin, I’d love to see it. And don’t forget to Pin this project for later: