Vintage Doorknob Pumpkins



I am hoping you will be tolerant of me – lots of exciting stuff going on around here!  So, I haven’t had much time for new projects – but this is one of my all time favorite fall projects, so I thought I would share it again!

Grab your coupons and your sales flyer and head to the nearest craft store.

And buy the cheapest and ugliest fake pumpkin you can find.

I am going to show you how easy it is to make the ugliest pumpkins into a vintage doorknob pumpkins.

And, some of my favorite bloggers have a pumpkin project to share with you today as well!


The problem with fake pumpkins – even if you paint them, the stems are usually pretty awful.  So instead of trying to make it look real, why not give it a vintage looks with some old doorknobs.

This is where I started


Four differently shaped and style pumpkins, an exacto knife, chalk and craft paint and a pile of doorknobs and hardware.

The easier ones to work with are the ones with the really cheap looking stem, it just pops off and leaves a very small opening.


For the other types, use an exacto knife to cut the stem off.  You will need to use a wider base doorknob for this style – or one with a “collar” that blocks the opening.


Simply paint out your pumpkins as you choose and then select your hardware.  They can be rough and tumbled and even with paint stains.


I simply rested them on top or inserted them into the styrofoam.

It really is that easy.

Just paint them your color choices.  I used a beige craft paint on one, a blue chalk paint on one and the third one I layered two colors of blue chalk paint.  It is all about using what you have.


For this pumpkin, I did not even paint it.  The white was fine, it was just the terrible stem.

I added some twine with some vintage rusty keys tied to it.  To curl the twine, I wrapped it around my exacto knife and sprayed it with hair spray and let it dry.



Now I have a style of pumpkin that fits perfectly in my home’s style and they are a little quirky just like me!


Some of my favorite blog friends have also pulled together some ideas for creating your own pumpkins.  Stop by to see their projects as well.

Sharing at Savvy Southern Style

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sweet-savvanah THISTLEWOOD FARMS

Thanks so much for reading and wishing a great day.


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  1. Hi Laura,

    Enjoyed your lovely home that I saw featured on Kim’s “SSS”. I would love to know approximately how much your carpenter charged for your bookcases with the cabinets below. We need this too. They look fantastic. Also, we are new to the Atlanta, GA area and I don’t know where to begin to find a good, honest carpenter. Any ideas would really be helpful.

    Take care

  2. Oh my gosh these are soooo cute and clever! I have to do this! (Also can’t wait to try the tiny viniette inside a fake one I found on Pinterest!) I just love the old knobs, I’ve been watching for enough for my entire house….

  3. Love love love! I am so glad I found your blog…..I have to find my ugly old fake pumpkins and make them pretty like yours!

  4. Laura, these pumpkins are the cutest! My sister and I were just antiquing and she found an old crystal doorknob that she was hoping would work on one of her doors. She was reluctant to buy it because she felt she might be wasting her money. Now I can tell her that even if it doesn’t fit her door, she can get some really adorable pumpkins out of her purchase.

  5. Oooo, I love the keys on the door nob pumpkins and the twine! I can’t wait to try this. I saw some done with lace recently that Iiked a lot too. I can’t wait to try it. LOVE anything vintage (

  6. Laura these are just too cute. i LOVE them. Pinned and sharing now on FB/Twitter. I know everyone says this {and I rarely do} but my party ends tonight and I would LOVE for you to pop over and enter these. I love featuring new people!!
    If you have a chance just click on “Best Of The Weekend” on my nav tab. These are awesome!!
    Have a great week!

  7. I seen a lot of pumpkins on the blogs and on pinterest but I have to say that yours are my new favorite! I don’t have door knobs but I do have some cupboard knobs that might work. I’m going to try it.

  8. Oh, there you go again you clever person! I have been making fabric pumpkins and making myself crazy in the process trying to find something appealing to use for stems. I’ve tried pine cones and some old ceramic doo-dads that look as if they might have once hung on a chandelier, but I had not thought of door knobs. I did get on e-Bay today and bid on some real dried pumpkins stems, but the knob idea really appeals to me. Maybe even cabinet or drawer pulls for the smaller pumpkins? Thanks for another outside-the-box idea. You’re great!

  9. Now How cute are these…. I love them all, what a great idea. I would like to invited you to come by and share them at One More Time Events Hugs, Tammy

  10. These are GORGEOUS, and I LOVE the blue-ish color you’ve chosen.

    I hope it’s okay for me to use one of your full-size photos (from over at I Love the Junk) on Facebook WITH A LINK back to her post (which leads back to your site 🙂 ).

    If not, just let me know, and I’ll delete it right away (as soon as I see your comment reply.)

    I wish I could think of ideas like this. You’ve got a great God-given creative mind!!

  11. Laura,
    You did it again. I am loving me some door knob pumpkins! I can’t wait to make these because I have a collection of old door knobs. What a great idea and I just had to Pin them. You have the best ideas my friend. Thanks again and keep on inspiring us.

  12. Oh Laura!!! I love this idea!!!! It adds so much to a plain pumpkin!!!! I’m going to try it…. IF…. I can find fake pumpkins cheaper than the doorknobs!!! Looking yesterday and a large pumpkin was $39.99 at one of the big craft stores…. Lord help me, I nearly fell out!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  13. So clever and quirky! Love the doorknob pumpkins…. I have an old doorknob that came from my grandparents home years ago, now I know what to do with it…Thanks for posting this!

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  15. Laura,
    I used the doorknobs on velvet pumpkins from Michael’s, some from my 106 year old mother-in-law’s house. In addition I also raided a bucket of small bent pipes and gas and water spigots. I glued the larger pumpkins to pressed glass saucers in a similar color to keep the top-heavy ones from toppling over. That’s because the larger ones are slightly bent to the side. The smaller ones sit straight up. Added ribbons, keys and tiny gears. So much fun I practically bought out the one Michael’s store.
    Love your decorating ideas.

  16. Well I had to take a break from unpacking to come back to this post and give this little craft idea a go, and I am so pleased with how they turned out. Thanks for the inspiration (and mucb needed break). I used flat ivory and gray, and metallic silver and gold and let my daughter choose the knobs. We put them in a dough bowl on the kitchen counter. Such a pretty touch of Fall. Just what I needed!