How to Make Newsprint Pumpkins

My idea for this project began with a few less than spectacular dollar store pumpkins. I wanted to repurpose them and turn them into something farmhouse and fabulous for my fall decor. 
Newsprint fall decor pumpkins and gourds with vintage metal stems.

My first thought was to just add vintage hardware parts and create stems on these beauties... but no.

Dollar store pumpkins with added hardware stems

That fix sure wasn't working, it needed something else.

Creating an old newspaper look:

I decided to cut up an old book and decoupage small pieces of yellowed book pages to the pumpkins.

Newsprint fall decor pumpkins and gourds with vintage metal stems.

While I liked the decoupaged pumpkins so much better, the stems were still not right. 

How to create a repurposed stem:

I dug deep into my stash of metal lamp parts and came up with pieces that did the trick. 

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pumpkin with newsprint and metal hardware stem

These stems were perfect. 

Newsprint pumpkin with look drawer handle

I used E6000 to glue the metal pieces to the pumpkins for a funky vintage metal stem. 

newsprint pumpkin with metal hardware

How to apply a sealer:

I applied a clear, matte spray sealer to the pumpkins for protection.

I'd say they've come a long way from those dollar store pumpkins!


Newsprint fall decor pumpkins

These newsprint pumpkins are headed to to the shop to join the rest of my Homeroad repurposed Fall decorations.


Newsprint fall decor pumpkins and gourds with overlay
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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. .