I love the holiday seasons. I’ve always decorated my home with lots of fun things for the holidays. My style has changed some with my kids growing up. I had a few years where glass became popular in my decorations but now with grandkids the non breakables are a lot more appealing again. There are various versions of wooden pumpkins, this is mine. I paint them without faces so they can be used from Oct. 1st through Thanksgiving.
So if you have an afternoon you can make these. They are that simple.
Cut a variety of sizes of pumpkins from a 2 X 4. The stems are cut from 1 X 1. I just used scraps in my hubby’s workshop. Any one can do this. This was my first time using the ‘big’ saw. My hubby would usually cut whatever I wanted using his saws and all I ever used was my scroll saw and jig saw. It was fun, I will be using it again and again now.
Then sand the edges so they are all different. This gives each on their own personality. I like to really exaggerate the sanded edges. I cut leaves from 1/2 thick wood and drill a small hole in the end.
Gather the rest of the materials together.
Acrylic Paint in orange, brown, and green. Glue (I used gorilla glue) and green florist wire.
Paint 2 coats on each item. Set aside to dry. The good thing about acrylics is they dry fast.
When they are dry randomly sand the edges to give that worn look.
I spray everything with a clear varnish. I use Krylon Crystal Clear. It just seems to help make dusting easier and give them a finished look.
I then drilled a very small hole in the back of the stem. Just big enough to insert a couple wires. Cut one wire about 10-12 inches long and the other about 5 inches. Glue into hole and let sit to dry.
Wrap wire around stem and attach leaf with the longer piece. I use the smaller piece to come around and create the curly-q
Set out for all to enjoy! These are simple enough anyone can make them. With the help of mom and grandma my 3 yr old granddaughter made on for herself.