Simple & Easy Re-purposed “Pumpkin” From an Old Lamp Base

Being obsessed with making lamps like this one and this one, we have an array of parts to choose from. Sometimes those parts and pieces become lamps, other times they don’t. Take this old lamp base for example..

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I knew I wanted to paint it whenever the day came for it to be a great lamp. I did not know however, it would never become a lamp. I looked at it one day and saw a pumpkin. I know, just say you see it too 😉

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Simple Re-purposed “Pumpkin” From an Old Lamp Base

Materials I used

  • Old lamp base
  • Blue Spray Paint (although I got mine at Walmart for under $4.00)
  • Finial
  • Threaded Nut/Bolt
  • Flat washer
  • Mod Podge (I use this kind. Mine is 16 oz. This is 32 oz.)
  • 1 1/2″ chip brush (similar to these)
  • Burlap fabric
  • Clip art of squash leaves I did need to shrink the image down to 75% but, it will vary based on your needs
  • Embroidery Thread (similar to these)
  • Thick needle

Now, I could have easily kept the color the same since it’s in the orange family but, I really wanted something fresher and decided to paint it blue; a beautiful pale, pastel blue. Three coats of spray paint later and it was done.

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

I rifled through our 1,000 drawers of various nuts and bolts looking for something to use as the pumpkin stem and tried a few types but, I wasn’t really diggin’ ’em. Then I thought of finials. Again, with our stash of lamp parts, I knew we had a few. So, I settled on this finial and two other parts I found. The lamp’s base is hollow so I slipped the washer over the bolt and slid the bolt through the top and screwed the finial on.How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.comHow to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.comHow to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.comI honestly thought about stopping here and while I think it’s gorgeous, I thought it was lacking. I broke out the Mod Podge and some burlap fabric in order to make little cutouts of squash leaves.

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

After the Mod Podge had dried, I cut out a little square only slightly bigger than the leaf and cut around it.

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

Then, with some pastel green embroidery thread and a larger needle, I poked through each leaf and tied them around the finial.

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

The leaves aren’t permanent so I could trade them out with something else if I choose. Heck, I could even turn it back into a lamp. I’m really liking what I see on-line with the more pastel fall decor along with other non-traditional ways of decorating and I think this fulfills that. Are you a traditional decorator or do you like what’s considered non-traditional?

How to Easily Repurpose an Old Lamp Base into a Pumpkin. The perfect way to add a bit of non-traditional fall decor to your space! - For this and more unique ideas, visit AmbientWares.com

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18 thoughts on “Simple & Easy Re-purposed “Pumpkin” From an Old Lamp Base

  1. Yes I saw a pumpkin, but only after you mentioned it 😉 It’s a super cool idea and I love that color Angie. It great seeing something a little different for a change

    1. Thank you Keri! I don’t usually decorate for the fall and I’m trying to change that. This was a great first piece that I’ll be adding to 🙂

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