I found a muffin tin the other day at the thrift shop for 99cents and knew it could have a brand new life in my home, as a fall themed home decor piece.
I took it home, and washed it up with hot water and some soap - it was a bit dinged up, had some mild rust (I guess its first owner hadn't baked much, lol!). I used a big nail (the roofing kind works well) and a hammer to make two holes in the top for a hanger. Then took it outside and gave it a base coat. I used regular old primer (that gray spray stuff) and gave it two coats. Once dry, inside we went - where with regular acrylic paint and gave it two more coats. I used two shades of copper:a bright shiny one and an "antiqued" darker shade of copper. Plus, a tiny bit of aqua green stuff to make it look like it was patina-ing. If you wanted to distress it a bit more, you could sand it a bit.
Next up - stuff to decorate. I was going to use some moss, then realized I had an abundance of palm fiber (sometimes called coir) - this stuff grows inside a palm between the heart and the exterior. The palm fiber came off some saw palmetto I recently cut back. Add in a few fake gourds (these were from Michael's - I paid $1.49 for a bag of six medium sized ones, I had a few small ones leftover from a previous project). I simply took some hot glue and glued the coco fiber into place, then placed a gourd on top. I took a bit of ribbon (this was a piece leftover from another project) and simply placed it through the holes, knotting it to create a hanger.
I think one in Christmas colors may be up next ... maybe blue with snowflakes?