When I started to think about what I was going to do for Fall decorations, I knew it had to be low cost. I’ve seen the wooden pumpkins, snowmen, Santa, and firecrackers floating around Pinterest. Since I already had leftover wood in the garage from another project, I decided to put my own spin on the scrap wood pumpkin decor idea.
The length of mine are: 15, 18, and 21 inches. None of the wood was wide enough to stand on it’s own, so I did nail 2 boards together with random nails we had leftover from other projects. (Make sure the side that the nail heads are on is the back) Pictures of the next steps are below.
(1) I painted the front and back of my pumpkins orange with a foam brush. I did not have orange on hand but decided to try to mix my own with paint I did have. That was a fail!! So I resorted to my kid’s finger paint since it is the only orange paint we had (Yes, it is washable… more on this later!). It took 3 coats of paint.
(2) Once dry, I drilled a pilot hole with a drill bit into the top of each pumpkin. This is what will help hold your ‘stem’ in place.
(3) I’ve seen sticks used as well as real pumpkin stems, but again, I didn’t have either on hand.. but I did have… brown paper bags! I cut the bags in half (as shown in picture) and literally twisted them up and cut them to the length I wanted each stem to be.
(4) I used a hot glue gun to glue each stem into the hole I pre-drilled earlier.
(5) For ‘leaves’, I used some leftover green burlap-ish ribbon. I cut the ribbon into strips long enough to make a bow. I used some leftover grapevine pieces from the grapevine trees I made(stay tuned for the tutorial) as the curly-q’s by the stem as well as wrapped around the pumpkins. I also used leftover raffia($1 for a large bunch at the Dollar Tree!) to tie around the pumpkins.
(6) I secured the bows, grapevine pieces, and raffia with hot glue. I used some sand paper to lightly sand a around the edges of the pumpkins and then used 2 good coats of Mod Podge clear sealer spray paint over the ENTIRE thing. (NOTE: my porch is covered, so the pumpkins do not get full-on rain) With this sealer on top of the kid’s watercolor paint, it has held up well. As mentioned earlier, it is on my covered porch, so it doesn’t get direct rain but I did spray some water on it the other day to see if the paint would come off and it didn’t. If you plan on having them out where they will get direct rain, I recommend using sticks for stems and non-kids paint just to be safe, though. All in all, this was an easy afternoon project and better yet, it cost me absolutely nothing to make! There are sooo many different variations you can do of this. Just be creative and make it your own 🙂
Thanks for reading!! Be sure to subscribe to my blog to get the latest updates on my posts! 🙂
(Amazon Affiliate links are provided in this post. I receive commission on the sale of the products. The affiliate program does not sway my decision of what products to use and share, as I only feature items I would link to with or without an affiliate link. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)