I made these pumpkins last year in desperate need of more decorations for the wedding, and wanting to start my own autumn decoration collection. I have no idea what to do but I figured wood is cheap ad we had wood glue, add a little paint and...TA DA! Pumpkins!
We started by going to Home Depot and getting 1x4s. I love that you can have them cut the boards into the sizes you want! For each pumpkin you will need either 4 or 3 pieces. If you do a taller pumpkin (4 pieces) then you will need 2 pieces of X length and the other 2 pieces X 2inches. An example would be 2 8inch and 2 10inch pieces. For a 3 piece pumpkin you would only need 1 X piece and then 2 X+2 inches. You can do them any size you would like. I liked the look of the two sizes being about 2 inches different.
Okay that was too mathematical for my liking. I need to unwind. Next I got paint. Simple enough. I just bought a few tubes of acrylic paint from our dollar store. I got 2 orange for the pumpkins, and a green for the stems. You could get creative and make green, yellow, white, red, etc pumpkins and mix up the stems. I just kept it simple. I am considering a few goldenrod pumpkins for this year, we will see where it takes me!
For the stems I just had my dad cut up an old broom handle into small pieces. I painted them with the green and let them dry.
|An example of the pieces drying on the table|
Once the bare pumpkins were dry I painted them. Then I glued the stem to the top and finally I finished the look with some craft straw tied around the stems.
You could always paint jack-o-lantern faces on one side to make them Halloween and Autumn decorations. Just flip them over. I had wanted to put our initials on them and as out family grows, add an initial to each one. I did not get around to it last year. Right now it is only me and Grant. Maybe when we have that first little one.
I made 6 of these all together, all in different sizes. When I pulled them out again this year I just knew I had to share them. They are pretty simple and inexpensive to made, plus they are durable. Decorations that last for years, you cannot pass that up! These are going to be a favorite of mine every year. They will always remind me of fall decorating our first place on our own.
What are your favorite fall decorations?