I usually post recipes, but from time to time, I’ll post craft ideas, especially if it’ll decorate the table or surroundings supporting your wonderful food creations. Here’s a simple & sweet Pumpkin Craft that was completely free with items I had laying around the house. It’s a square pumpkin! I invited my aunt & cousin over for a new tradition of craft-making for each season & we had appetizers (Loved!) & a delicious apple pie mimosa (Oh my! Yummy!) & crafted for many hours! We had tons of laughs! We made an owl, a sign for Thanksgiving & this square pumpkin. My husband & I grab free pallets whenever we get the chance & we had a bunch of pallet blocks, so I thought, square pumpkin! I had a dowel already, in fact it was already stained with a dark maple stain & we cut that into smaller pieces for the stem of the pumpkin & I had raffia laying around, as well as craft paints, with a little extra stain.
raffia, to tie around dowel after for decoration
dark walnut stain (optional)
rags for staining (optional)
more rags, for keeping messes at bay 😉
orange craft paint
brown paint, or walnut stain (like I used) for the stem (dowel)
compound miter saw, to cut dowels into 3″ pieces
paint brushes, small, or sponge brushes – whatever you prefer
1″ spade bit in drill – to cut a hole to place dowel in after
- Cut your dowel into 3″ piece with miter saw. *Make sure to wear goggles & watch your fingers! Sand bottom that was cut. Stain, if you’re staining. When dry, set aside for later.
- Using a 1″ spade bit on drill , cut a 1″ deep hole down in pallet block to place dowel in for stem afterward.
- After cleanup of saw, sand your pallet block (It will be imperfect, but that’s what gives it character). Paint orange. Let dry.
- With wood glue, place a little glue into the hole on top of pallet block & place dowel on top. Hold down for a minute. You’ll need to stain the top of dowel (The end that was cut), to match rest of dowel.
- After all set & dry, I used a little stain on a rag to give it an aged look & finish it off, but that’s up to you. You can leave it with just paint if you wish. If using stain, after approximately 15 minutes, sand a little to really age it.
- Tie a few strands of raffia around the dowel & let hang over. Trim raffia if too long. Voila!!
- *Optional: Paint a jack-O-lantern face on it if you wish, as well, or leave it plain, like I did.
It was so much fun that night!! I recommend hosting a craft night too! It’s a Blast!! Happy Autumn!!