Friday, October 17, 2014

. . . DIY 2x4 Wooden Pumpkin Patch . . .

If you are a follower of Pinterest then I am sure you have seen a variation of these wooden pumpkins floating around!  I know every time I click on Pinterest I see at least a couple Wooden Pumpkin Pins.  One day my mom said she really wanted to make a set of Wooden Pumpkins and I thought it was so funny because for at least a month I had been thinking about it since I keep seeing them on Pinterest.  I would say within minutes of that conversation there was a Home Depot run.  We did 5 pumpkins for our sets but sometimes you will see just 3 or 4 and even just 2 of them.  The best part about a project like this is that each person is going to end up with a bit different look and will probably display them a little differently.  I have seen them with stripes, polka dots, chevron stripes, monograms, etc.  So many ways to do them.  

We both are very happy with how easy this project was and how cute they are!  I can't wait to make something else using wood blocks!  So fun!
You will need:
2x4 cut in sizes of your choice.  We made our pumpkins 4,6,9,12 and 15 inches tall.  The wood came from Home Depot and they cut it there.
3/4 inch Dowel Rod cut down to size for your stems.  The stems used were just random so I don't have exact measurements of what are shown here.  Just give it a good estimate  
Orange Paint, we used American Decor Chalky Finish paint from Decoart.  It's by far my favorite chalk paint.
Brown Paint for your stems-we used a color my mom had from Valspar.
Silk Leaves
Floral Wire or some flexible wire to make the stems
Sand Paper/Power Sander
Minwax or a wax of your choice (This step is optional but makes a beautiful finish to your pumpkins)
Chalkboard for your sign.  We used little chalkboard place cards from Michael's.  
Chalk and/or chalk pen
E6000 Glue

 You will want to sand your board pieces really smooth so that you have a nice finish.  A power sander is always nice for this kind of job but if you don't have one just use a sanding block or a piece of medium grit sandpaper to get it all smooth.

Use your orange paint to cover all sides of your boards.  I did 2 coats of the American Decor Chalky Finish paint and it worked really well.  It was a little bright at first but with all the distressing I did and then waxing the blocks it ended up a nice rich orange so don't panic if yours looks a little bright.

Once your paint has dried on all sides really well you can distress the boards.  I used my power sander with a fine grit sandpaper and went over the whole block lightly and then went back over the edges to actually take some paint off.  After the sanding it really lightened up the orange but no worries.
 I wanted mine to have more dimension so I used a Stain Pain to darken the blocks.  I dabbed the stain pain on a piece of white t shirt and then lightly rubbed it into the block.  If you use a pen like I did you won't want to put the pen directly to the wood because you end up looking like you just have lines.  You just keep adding the stain where you want it and blending it in with the t shirt fabric.  Once I stained mine I very lightly went back over it with the sander.  

Now on to the wax.  I used Minwax and applied it to all the blocks with a wax brush.  I personally love a wax brush but some people like to just rub the wax on with a piece of cotton fabric.  Either way works.  Once the wax dried up a bit I went over it and buffed it out with a white t shirt and really brought up the shine.  Then I used a 400 grit piece of sandpaper and went over all the blocks on all sides to make a really smooth finish and then rebuffed them with the t shirt fabric.  They feel like silk now.  That is my favorite about finishing with wax because it makes the piece so smooth. 
  As you can see in the first photo above, once the wax is done and you've sanded all the pieces again you end up really getting some dimension and it brings up some dark spots.  You may not like this look so if you don't just skip over it.  

I skipped photos of doing the stems and curling the wire for the top of the pumpkins so I will just tell you what I did...You will paint your stem pieces a dark brown and you can distress and wax these as well but you wouldn't need to use your stain on these since they are already dark brown.  You will then decide which is the top of your pumpkin and use E6000 glue to apply the stems.  Let these dry really well or the stems will slide all over the place.

For the little curly wire we used 2 colors of floral wire.  We wrapped 2 pieces together to get a heavier look and then twisted them around each stem and curled them around a pencil and then stretched them out to our liking.  Then I glued a few green leaves to the top of each pumpkin.  Some got 2 leaves and others got one--just do them to your liking.

We got little chalkboard clothespin place cards from Michael's and then removed the clothes pin from the back and painted the back so it looked finished using the same technique as the pumpkin blocks.  I distressed the back of my sign quite a bit so it looks really "beat up" but that was the look I was going for.  I then went out in my yard to gather a few sticks and sanded them a little so they were nice and smooth.  I then used the E6000 glue to attach the sticks to the back of the chalkboard to make a little standing sign.  Tied a piece of wraphia ribbon around the stick and it was done.  
Have you ever heard of Tacky Wax?  If not it's something you should own if you like to decorate.  We collect Department 56 Snow Villages and this stuff always saves us when we set them up and the little pieces won't stand up etc. but I have been amazed at how often I use it when decorating around the house.  It will hold candles in place like nobody's business!  I rolled a little ball of it and placed it on the bottom of each of my pumpkins to hold them in place sine they were going to be sitting on a tray and might be wobbly.  Worked like a charm! 
 I put my finished pumpkins in a basket/tray combination and then filled the base with dried green peas.  I then stuck my sign in and added a tiny dab of Tacky Wax to the back of the sign and leaned it against the pumpkin to make it look like it's standing on it's own.  Worked out perfectly.

This was a very simple project but plan on a day to get it all done since the paint and glue has to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.  I promise it will be worth it though!
I am sure this sounds funny but I think the sign is probably my favorite part of this whole project.  I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it and then lightly wiping it away so it didn't remain so "new" looking.  I then did the writing with a Chalk Pen--best thing ever.  I finished it up by running a piece of chalk all around the edges to make it "pop" a little more.
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My Mom's Pumpkin Patch
 Here are a few photos of my mom's pumpkin display too.  She did hers a bit differently because she painted a wood plaque to use as her base.  I love it!
 She used brown paper shreds as her base filler just to add a little dimension to the display.

 Another little chalkboard sign done the same way as above.  So cute!

 Her base is a wood plaque from the craft store and she used 2 colors of paint to achieve this look.  She first painted it dark brown and then added a light brown on top and then did lots of sanding to get most the light brown off and bring out the deeper brown.  She then waxed it and it feels like glass it is so smooth.  It turned out so well!

I love how they are the same but slightly different.  At first glance I think they look exactly the same but then when you really look there are little things here and there that we chose to do a bit differently and I love that.
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 Such a fun Fall Project!  Something that would really make a great gift as well.
 Happy Fall!
 A cute little pumpkin patch!
  If you end up making these I'd love to hear from you.  I think you will just love them when they are all finished!

9 comments:

  1. I totally LOVE it! Such a great fall centerpiece!! makes me want to make one too.... Thanks for sharing!
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

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  2. @Crystelle Boutique thank you so very much! I am glad you like them. I hope you get a chance to make a set of your own.

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  3. Hi, I'm your neighbor from the Take a Look Tuesday party. I love these pumpkins! Great job!

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  4. @Christie Selken Thank you so much! They were so much fun to make.

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  5. These are great! Love the idea! I found you on the Domestically Speaking link-up. Also, excited to find another person named Lindy! Not many of us out there :)
    Lindi @ www.lovecreatecelebrate.com

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  6. @Lindi Thank you so much! You are so right about not finding too many of us! I have a few followers that are named Lindy which I think is so cool because I grew up never knowing anyone with my name! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Quick and easy projects like this are so fun. Turned out really cute! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  8. @Jann thank you so much! I loved doing these pumpkins and can't wait to come up with another idea using pieces of wood. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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  9. Such an original idea!

    Thank you for sharing on Marigolds' Loft Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    Your post will be featured on the tutorial round-up tomorrow, 30 October 2014.
    I look forward to seeing you again at next month's party.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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