Wood Pumpkin Craft
Fall is fast approaching. I can hardly wait for cool winds, changing leaves, sweaters, and everything pumpkin. This craft is a fun way to decorate for such a season. Whether on your porch, mantle, or table, this will be a cute addition wherever you choose to decorate.
- Rounded wood fence post, cut one 5″ piece and two 4″ pieces
- Wood dowels, cut one 2″ piece and two 1 1/2″ pieces
- Orange paint (I used Valspar samples from Lowe’s in “Roasted Squash” and “Toasted Pumpkin” – yes, I picked those colors of paint just for their names)
- Green paint (not pictured – I used “Jungle Thicket”)
- Paint brush
- Sanding block
- Wood Glue
Start by prepping your wood. For this project, I had help from a friend with a power saw, but you can also use a miter box saw like I have used for past projects and cut by hand. I still use mine often, and it is handy to have on hand until the day I get my own power saw. The pieces of wood will have some splinters, no matter how they are cut, so grab a sanding block or some sand paper and smooth out the edges.
Lay out newspaper or a brown grocery bag to protect your table. One coat should be enough if you use quality paint. I decided to use the darker paint for my larger wood piece, figuring that in real life bigger pumpkins usually have a richer color. I painted to the two smaller pieces the same color. You could paint your pumpkins all the same color, but I like having the variety.
Once dried, I used my sanding block to scuff the edges of the stems and pumpkins. The distressed look gives it character. I noticed the sanding did not show up as well on the pumpkins, but I think it looks great on the stems.
Next, cover the bottom of the stems with wood glue. It is good to be generous with the glue. Place the glued stem in the center of the pumpkin. If a little glue seeps out, have no fear, it won’t be visible when it dries.
Let the glue dry for an hour or two. Don’t be tempted to wiggle it to see if it has dried, you don’t want to disturb the adhesion process or it will not be as strong. Once completely dried, you can tie raffia bows around the stems to dress it up a little. And there you have it: simple, festive, and fun. Enjoy!