This project was first shared over on The Wood Connection blog and I am excited to share it you over here today! The Wood Coonection provided me with some of the fun product to create this project. I just LOVE all of the fun Fall and Halloween projects that The Wood Connection has in their stores right now! They have so many great things right now, so it was so hard to choose what I wanted to make! I thought these pumpkins would be perfect for the fall!
Supplies Needed for Wood Pumpkins:
- Wood Pumpkins (all 3 sizes) – the pumpkins come with the acorns
- Wood Leaves – the Wood Connection has these small wood leaves in their store in the jars by the paint. I did not see them availalbe online. You don’t have to have these – I just think they are a cute embellishment.
- Patterned Paper – I used Fancy Pants -Peppy and Carta Bella- Fall Stripes
- Wood Glue
- Paint – Light Ivory, Georgia Clay, Burnt Umber and Barn Red
- Embellishments: Ribbon, Twine, Brown Rustic Wire,
- pencil/sandpaper/Paint Brush
Let’s Get Started!
I always first start by sanding all of the wood. Sometimes your project will need very little sanding but other times it needs a bit more. Once all wood pieces are sanded I wipe them off with a slightly damp towell.
Before painting anything you will want to cut your paper. Trace your wood piece on the back of the patterend paper and cut out. I cut out paper for just two of the pumpkins.
*Tip – Cut inside the lines. It is better to have the paper be slightly smaller then the wood then to be bigger.
Now paint all of the wood. The two pumpkins I am putting patterned paper on were painted with Georgia Clay. The third pumpkin was painted in Barn Red. The stems of the pumpkins are painted brown. One leaf is painted Barn Red and the other is painted Georgia Clay. The acorns tops were painted brown and the bottomw were painted in Georgia Clay – If I had a darker yellow I may have done the acorn in yellow – but I still love how it turned out.
*Tip – When I paint I put a white garbage bag on my table. I used to do paper but sometimes it would dry on the excess paint on a project and then would rip and stick to the project. With a plastic garbage bag I don’t have this problem. Plus once the paint is all dry I can still use the garbage bag for picking up all my after project garbage mess.
Once all paint is dry you can glue the paper pieces to the two pumpkins. To see a great tutorial check out this Paper to Wood Post.
For the third pumpkin I used the light ivory paint and the end of a pencil to make random dots on the pumpkin.
Using your wood glue, glue on a stem to each of the pumpkins.
Now we get to embellish the pumpkins – my favorite part! First let’s start with the acorns. I used the rustic wire and cut off about 7 to 8 inches per acorn. Wrap the wire around the acorn and make one twist to secure the wire in place. Then wrap the ends of the wire around a pencil for some curls.
For the two pumpkins with paper on it I used ribbon and tied a bow around the pieces to keep them together. I then wrapped twine twice around the pumpkin (right above the bow) and threaded the acorn onto the twine. I made sure the acorn was right at the center of the bow then tied the twine at the back.
For the third pumpkin I used my two leaves, wrapped wire around them and then threaded some twine beneath the wire. I wrapped the wire twice around the pumpkin and tied at the back.
I used some green ribbon and knotted some around each stem for some leaves.
I really love how this project turned out and can’t wait for fall to get hear so I can start decorating!!
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