Hello! Happy Thursday!
I love fall, I also love winter, but now its fall and I just love fall. My mom, and my mother in law, are the type of people who go all out decorating their homes for each season. I’m always a bit jealous because I’m still at the point in my life where I don’t have extra money to spend on cute decorations at craft stores. (EVEN THOUGH I REALLY REALLY WANT TO!) So I perused Pinterest looking at all the cute things I thought I couldn’t have. Then I found these adorable pictures of wooden pumpkins! We have so much scrap wood around the camp that I knew if I could get my husbands expert help I, or rather we, could make these cute front porch decorations! As it turns out, convincing him to help me on his day off was not hard at all.
Making these wooden pumpkins was relatively simple, and inexpensive. We used scrap wood from around camp of different sizes.
We used 6X6, 4X4, and 2X6. Rangers pumpkins were 1×1.
Ford and I used a miter saw, and a chain saw to cut our wood. The miter saw gave us a nice smooth finish, while the chain saw gave a more “rustic” finish.
If there are any splintered edges from the chain saw you can use a wire brush or sand paper to knock them off. Another good idea if you are using scrap wood is to use a wire brush to brush off any loose debris.
Next Ford used his drill with a wood bore drill bit to make the holes for the stems. We used from 3/8″ up to 1″, depending on the size of the stem. We used sticks from the pine trees from around our home. You can you any sticks you have available in any size and length that you like. Ford did not drill all the holes perfectly in the center or perfectly straight. He did some off-center and some at angles. Pumpkins aren’t perfect, and a little off-center gives character to your unique pumpkin.
Some of our scrap wood had old paint on them. We went ahead and added a bit more paint to them. For some of our pumpkins we started with a base coat of brown paint, and some we did a brownish-yellow coat. The base coat should cover the entire pumpkin fairly well. You can do any color you like. We liked these colors because we were going for a very rustic look. For our paint we simply used an acrylic craft paint, and a bristle brush to apply the paint.
After we let our base coat dry we then did our final coat of paint. For this coat we used a variety colors. The colors we used were, bright orange, brownish orange, and yellowish orange. We mixed the paint ourselves to achieve the look we wanted. The final coat of paint was dry brushed so that some of the brown showed through and the grain was very prominent.
After we let the paint dry we glued in the stems with wood glue. Simple put some wood glue in the hole and tap in the stem.
To finish the pumpkins tie a ribbon around the stem and viola!
After Rangers nap we let him paint three 1X1 pumpkins. He really enjoyed it, and goodness is he cute. This would be a good project to let older kids help with from start to finish, and younger kids can paint or decorate their own.
Here are some more pictures of our finished project. Our rustic pumpkins match our rustic porch! HA!
Ash, and Ford