Coastal Cornucopia Across the BlvdIn keeping with my goal of creating a coastal autumn decor this year, I wanted to change some old pieces into beauties that would fit into this new color palette. I’ve had a wicker cornucopia for many years. Some years, I’ll bring it out, fill it with lots of oranges and yellows and reds, place it on a table and not give it much thought. It never really added much pop to my fall decor.  I set out to change that this year.

The first step in changing the look of this was to spray paint the cornucopia. 

cornucopia before paintingI gave it coat of white primer to make sure I covered all of the brown.

spray painted cornucopiaOnce that was dry, I covered it in light blue spray paint.

spray painted cornucopiaThe final coat was green, but I let a little of the blue show through here and there.

Spray Painted Cornucopia

I liked the new color and was well on my way to making it fit in with my other coastal autumn decor. Deciding how I wanted to paint the Dollar Tree pumpkins was the next step. I have a lot of these from lots of years of shopping at Dollar Tree and I picked out the ones that I thought would be the right sizes for the cornucopia. 

Dollar Tree PumpkinsI could have made it a little easier by spray painting them, but I didn’t want them to be shiny and smooth. I wanted them to have imperfections, so I opted to hand paint them using chalk paint. It took longer, but I think the result was worth the extra time. I painted each of them a solid color and let them dry. Then I used a small craft paint brush to add lines and smudges on each one with a contrasting paint color.

Chalk Painted Dollar Tree Pumpkin

Are blue pumpkins a thing? I’m not sure, but they look pretty!

Chalk Painted Dollar Tree Pumpkins

chalk painted Dollar Tree Pumpkins

I added in a few gourds and squash. Once I had painted a bunch of these, I started to wonder about the best way to fill the cornucopia to have it look like the vegetables are spilling out. 

CORNUCOPIA AND PAINTED PUMPKINS I stuffed several plastic bags inside to fill up the bottom half.

CORNUCOPIA ASSEMBLINGI needed something to use as a base for the pumpkins that would make it easier to have them spilling out. I turned a cool whip container upside down and pushed it into the cornucopia. I knew saving some of those would come in handy!

CORNUCOPIA ASSEMBLINGI glued a piece of rope around the rim of the cornucopia to bring in more of the coastal look. I also used some burlap tape around the top of the plastic tub to cover some of the white.

CORNUCOPIA ASSEMBLINGThe last step was to hot glue the pumpkins in place. This was a little trickier than it sounds to get the right fit. After a little trial and error of just placing them before hot gluing them and having them fall out and bounce across the floor, I just started gluing them randomly. I used sprigs of wheat which look a bit like marsh grass to fill in any gaps. I added in a few leaf sprigs, too.

cornucopia with chalk painted pumpkinsMy wine rack is in my breakfast nook area right next to the table. I used my new coastal cornucopia as the centerpiece for the rack. 

Coastal Cornucopia with Chalk Painted Pumpkins Across the Blvd I bought the Welcome Autumn sign last year at Joanne’s and I love that it’s muted orange, not bright. It fits in just right.  Coral candles and a couple of wooden pumpkins complete the look. 

Coastal Cornucopia and Chalk Painted Pumpkins 3

The more coastal colors I add to my fall decor, the more I’m enjoying it. It’s nice to change things up now and then, don’t you think?

Coastal Cornucopia and Chalk Painted Pumpkins

It’s easy to change the look of things we have on hand with just some paint and a little time. I had everything I needed for this, so the total cost was zero. That’s a win! 

collage of before and after coastal cornucopia and pumpkins


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29 Comments on Coastal Cornucopia with Chalk Painted Pumpkins

  1. This is awesome! What a nice way to bring in a bit of fall while maintaining coastal charm! I love how very creative and unique this project is! Looks great and how wonderful that you had everything on hand! Just beautiful!

  2. Well I just love the new colors, Im not a real fan of orange in my house and this is great inspiration for something I could do for my mantel. Clever the cool whip tub to fill and ancor the pumpkins.

    Thank you for sharing on #OMHGFF this week, appreciate your visit and hope to see you again. I do host a BIG Wordless Wednesday and would love to have you stop by.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    • Thank you so much, Karren. The deep fall colors don’t work well at all in my home, so this year I set out to change things up. The coastal palette is a fun one to create for fall. I’ve added your party to my Party Links Page and will definitely make it go to spot each week.
      I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, too.

    • Thank you so much, Joanne! I know-chalk paint is a crafter’s dream item! I’m always looking at things now and wondering how they would look with a chalk paint makeover!

  3. Hi Beautiful Ladies! This looks fantastic! Your post has been Pinned,Tweeted and shared on Facebook! I’ll be featuring it this week on the Friday Favorites Link Party at Come by tonight to see your feature and share what you have been working on this week! The doors open at 7PM. Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home
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    • Hi Lauree, I’m so happy to have given you some inspiration! Thanks for pinning. I actually did add in a few shells after I posted this. At first I thought the shells might be a bit much because I’m already using lots of them for decor. But there were a couple of gaps and I had some perfectly sized shells to fill in. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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