I love decorating for fall. It’s so easy and fun to put together a vignette using mums, pumpkins and fall leaves. Here’s something else to add to your display…. rustic wooden pumpkin. They are a great decor item for both inside or outside on your porch (as long as it’s covered). They are easy to make too!
I used reclaimed wood for my pumpkins to help emphasize the rustic look. Have you ever been to a reclaimed warehouse before? There is so much wood to search through it’s just like searching a pumpkin patch for the perfect pumpkin. It can be a daunting task as there are so many boards to go through. For this project, I chose tongue and groove boards because I thought the space between the boards would look more like ridges on a pumpkin. Of course you don’t have to used reclaimed wood and could use plywood or wood planks from the local home improvement store.
The first step was to glue the wood together. I used wood glue then clamped the pieces together and put weights on top to ensure the boards stay flat. Let the glue dry for 24 hours.
Next draw the shape of the pumpkin you want. You can get a lot of ideas from the Internet by just Googling pumpkin clip art. Start off by sketching the shape with a pencil then when you have the shape you want trace over the lines with a Sharpie pen. My husband is handy with the saw so I had him cut out the shape with a jigsaw. One of these days I need to learn how to do this.
I stained both sides of the pumpkin so it can be reversible where one side is stained and other side is painted. I used Minwax Special Walnut stain that was leftover from our Pottery Barn inspired coffee table and Restoration Hardware inspired rustic shelves projects.
My husband was busy cleaning the garage so I setup a little staining station in the kitchen. Make sure to open the doors and windows if you stain inside. You need plenty of ventilation. I found it easier to pour a small amount of stain into a plastic bowl so I can easily dip a lint-free cloth into the stain. Wipe the board with the stain going with the grain. I used 2 coats of stain for this project. I also wore plastic gloves so I don’t get stain on my hands.
After the stain dries, paint over one side with orange chalk paint. I used the 4 oz. size of Annie Sloan’s Barcelona Orange. It was the perfect shade of pumpkin orange! Note, don’t paint the stem. You want to leave it the brown stain color.
Once the paint dries take a light grit sandpaper (I used 220 grit) and scuff up the edges and random areas on the flat surface. Use a light sweeping motion down the front where the pumpkin ridges would be. You’ll notice the orange getting lighter in some areas and removed completely in other areas. The variation in coloring makes it look more realistic.
Decorate with leaves, raffia, burlap, etc. Be creative! Incorporate the pumpkins into your indoor fall display too.
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