For this project you will need a 4x4 piece of wood (mine was 8 feet long and big enough to do this project twice), a measuring tape, a pencil, a power saw (I used a jig saw but something with a bigger blade would be a better option),sand paper, orange paint, a power drill, thin branches (we got ours by walking though the neighborhood), glue, ribbon and other accessories.
To start I ran to Lowes and picked up a 4x4 piece of wood. I also found out that Lowes can not cut 4x4s in the store. Bummer. So I brought it home and marked it off with my tape measure and pencil. I wanted a 12 inch pumpkin, a 15 inch pumpkin, and an 18 inch pumpkin. Then I went to work with my saw. My jig saw does not have a very long blade so I had to spin the wood a couple of times to cut all the way through.
Once I had it cut down to size I sanded down my blocks so there weren't any rough edges. I used a power sander but you could easily do it with some elbow grease.
Next I drilled holes in the top of each block in the center. Your holes done have to be too deep. My holes were between 1/2 an inch to an inch deep.
Now for the fun and (if you enlist some little helpers) messy part. Paint your pumpkins!!
While you wait for your pumpkins to dry go for a walk and find some dry sticks to use as stems. Make sure that they aren't bigger than the holes you drilled.
When you get home and your pumpkins are dry, put some glue in your holes and put your stems in. Let your glue dry.
Is everything dry now? Ok good. Now you can finish and accessorize your pumpkins. I used sand paper to distress my pumpkins. I cut leaves out if scrap booking paper and crinkled the paper to give it some texture. I also tied little Rafita bows on my stems and tied all of my pumpkins together with a big ribbon.
Ta-da! Now go enjoy your new Fall decorations. And keep an eye on the Instagram page tomorrow because I have an extra set of pumpkins to giveaway!
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