Doesn’t this cute pumpkin just scream FALL? I love it. I wish I could claim the idea as my own (but it’s not), and I can’t give credit to anyone in particular since I’ve seen SO MANY variations pinned on Pinterest. Regardless, it’s a great idea; the first time I saw it, I knew I’d make one someday.
As I was planning monthly Girl Scout meetings through December, this came to mind as a great Halloween craft for the girls. I like to plan crafts that will last!! For the Holidays I love getting out and displaying the fun things that my kids have made through the years.
Most of the wooden pumpkins I’ve seen on Pinterest were made with 2 x 4′s, but I decided to use 2 x 6′s so the Girls would have a larger surface to decorate.
Here’s the process
- 2 x 6 x 8
- Square dowel ¾” x 36”
- Sand paper & sander
- Wood glue
- Finish nail gun & nails
- Paint & other embellishments
Cut the wood for the pumpkins to the desired length. I used 2 x 6 x 8’s and cut into 18 pieces (17 at 5 inches and 1 at 6 inches).
Cut the square dowel for the stems to the desired length. The stems I made for these are about 1 inch. You can really use your imagination here; I’ve seen them made with round dowels or pieces of branches. Since I was making these in bulk, I did what was easy!!
Sand all the cut edges of the pumpkins and stems. I rounded them all with my palm sander (I put Peyton to work sanding a few).
Attach the stem. I used my finish nail gun to nail the stems to the pumpkins. Normally I would have glued and nailed, but my wood glue disappeared. After I nailed them all, my helper (Ashton) and I used spakling to fill-in all the nail holes. Then, since we’d filled the nail holes, I sanded all the stems again.
Here’s the pumpkins ready to paint…(did I mention that we have 26 Girls in our Troop?)
Here’s the pumpkins the Girl Scouts made. Aren’t they cute? We had to get pictures from both the front & back since most Girls made their pumpkins reversible…
Mine is kind of plain compared with the creativity of the girls… The leaves attached with rafia, were left over from flower stems I disassembled to make hair clips (all the things I save eventually come in handy).
Hope you enjoy!
Here are some of the posts that I got my inspiration from…