Framed Pumpkins

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Framed pumpkins, orange, rustic, textural, inexpensive and square! Learn how to create your own using thrift store frames. These pumpkins make me smile.

Framed pumpkins

I got the idea for these framed pumpkins and have been smiling since.


Isn’t a smile wonderful?  Simply lights up the whole room and makes FUN projects.

A smile makes your tummy feel good!


Finding the supplies

I wanted to make pumpkins using an orange cable knit wool sweater.  So off the thrift shop for the perfect orange cable knit wool sweater.  Four thrift shops later…no orange cable knit wool sweater.

I stopped smiling…but only for about three minutes and another idea hit me.

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Since I couldn’t find an orange cable knit wool sweater.  I regrouped, right in the middle of the store.  First heading for socks.  No orange socks.  Sweat shirts…no orange but a fluorescent pink that seemed orangish.  No!  I wanted texture too.


Yep!  Right there in the kitchen section, autumn colors in hand and dish towels.  Perfect!  I’m smiling again.

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Now for the thrift shop part of these framed pumpkins, the frames.  I found these beauties for a total of $2.

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Here are the new towels that cost $7.  And these towels came with a cute ribbon!!!!

The steps to get fat pumpkins


Frames with cardboard backs {remove the glass}
Towels with texture in your favorite colors
Quilt batting
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sticks from the yard

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Let us all take a moment and notice how rustic these thrift shop frames look after a bit of sanding.  My favorite is the one on the left!

I picked out the towel colors I wanted and matched to the frames.

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Quilt batting was in my sewing stash.  I cut the batting in layers to stack high.  I wanted the “pumpkins” to be fat and pop out from the frames.

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Then, I used hot glue and glued the towel directly to the backs of each frame.

Didn’t burn a finger!

See how I kept my fingers safe here at Hot Glue Gun Tips.

The finished framed pumpkins


The perfect sticks were hot glued on top and…

“framed” pumpkins!

Notice that cute ribbon got in on the act!

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I’m smiling every time I walk past them. 🙂

Pumpkins don’t have to be round!


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  1. Stephanie S. says:

    That was a good idea on towels and then while reading I thought of cloth napkins. I have done the same looking for that orange sweater. I think everyone decided the same thing and went looking months ago. Thanks for sharing and if I make some I will send a picture also.

  2. Your frames are awesome, Jeanette! You always share the most creative things. I just wanted to let you know that your post is part of the What a Great Idea from Project Inspire{d} roundup. Pinning and thanks so much for sharing at our party!

  3. Jeanette,
    These have to be the best thrifted (and imaginative) pumpkins I’ve ever seen. While a sweater would of been really cool, the towels work perfectly. I love the frames. Very creative!

  4. Andi Cacciatore says:

    Another good one Jeanette! And if you subtract the hours spent looking for that sweater – it’s easy too! You know that the orange cable knit sweater will magically appear the next time you go to the thrift store, right?!

  5. chris aka monkey says:

    you make me smile with your enthusiasm …this is one of the cutest fall projects i have seen makes me smile and i have some old dish towel i think would work if i ever get my lazy behind in gear xx

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