The Great Grate Pumpkin

One of my favorite things about Fall is finding things that make unique repurposed pumpkins.

teal truck with pumpkins

And No I didn't spell it wrong...  it is a grate, a rusty grill grate.

If you've been following along for a while you may have seen the pumpkins I've created using whatever I could find.

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rusty metal cooking grate

This little cutie was part of an outdoor grill that I found while on one of my morning walks

From corks to bakeware, from rags to dryer vents, I have you covered in the repurposed pumpkin department. 

dryer hose

Search pumpkin in the search box and you'll find every fall idea you'll ever want! 

I think my very favorite is the one I made from a light fixture, the best part is that it lights up! 

glass globe pumpkin

Today I'm sharing a post I did a while back using a popular orange chalk paint. 

These days I'm using Fusion Mineral Paint for most of my projects and my favorite for the season is Tuscan Orange.

orange chalk paint

First, I cleaned the grate well with a wire brush, then I painted it orange.

I added leaves and a tendril that I pulled off an old dollar store pumpkin. 

That was it... all I needed to do to turn a roadside find into one of my favorite fall decorations. 

rustic grate pumpkin with leaves and tendril

Isn't it Great!


It's the perfect junky punky and all it took was a little imagination and orange paint!

             rusty orange metal pumpkin

Keep your eyes open for anything that can be turned into a pumpkin this season! 


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Isn't that just a great grate junk redo.

  2. Susan that is just fabulous! It's the perfect pumpkin!


  3. This turned out so cool! I've been looking for unique pumpkin decor and this is just the ticket. Pinning!

  4. Love anything metal and this is adorable! Great idea!

  5. I found you over at Simply The Best Linky Party at Fox Hollow Cottage. Lov'n your pumpkin grate!

  6. How neat! I love it and it's perfect for rustic decor in the Fall :-)

    1. Thanks so much Christina! It is one of my favorites!


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