Happy Fall y’all!! I know I’ve mentioned a time or twenty that I LOVE the Autumn season — not just because I like how that word sounds (because I REALLY do) but because it’s so darn beautiful. The golden tones crowning the tops of trees, cooler evenings, and the wisping and whirling of leaves as they gracefully fall to the ground in a collection of warm colors. It’s a beauty that quickly comes and goes so it’s a sweet reminder of the truth that we must not take time for granted.
Along with Autumn I also love to penny pinch so today we’re going to jump right into this month’s DIY — decorative wood pumpkins!!
That’s right..wood pumpkins! And I will tell you that for the past two years I have yet to purchase a pumpkin because of these charming little gems. Don’t get me wrong if there was a pumpkin patch in the area where I live I’d be all over the Fall stereotype of selecting the perfect pumpkin to take home and adorn my front step but Walmart hardly counts so alas I’m choosing to use wood pumpkins instead…year after year after year…
If you’re interested, let’s get started!
4×4 cut at various lengths (4” to 10” pieces recommended) **garden timbers work well also
Acrylic paint or outdoor paint and brush
Stick for the stems (about 2”)
Fabric (thin burlap rope) to tie around the stem (cut to approximately 1” by 7”)
Outdoor clear spray sealer (for added durability)
First you will cut your pumpkins to your desired length.
Then drill a hole at the top (in the center) for the stem about a half inch deep; be sure it is drilled to the size of the stick’s circumference that you are using. It’s also time to paint the pumpkin (or you can leave it the natural wood color).
Once the paint is dry glue the stem into the hole at the top and then tie your fabric piece around the stem to finish it off.
**For added protection from weathering you can spray a coat of outdoor clear sealer over your pumpkins before placing them outdoors for the Fall season each year.
That’s it folks!! Easy breezy!
And now I’m off to enjoy a weekend away with a bestie so I’m gonna keep this post real short and sweet!!
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”