I love Fall! I love the cooler temperatures. I love the smell of burning leaves. I love the incredible color pallette that nature provides. That last one is probably also the reason that I love decorating my home for fall, which brings us to my latest "scrap pile" project...Decorative Fall Pumpkins!
Patrick is always more interested in our bigger projects, and he is constantly throwing out what I consider to be very useful pieces of wood. It is pretty standard for me to go rummaging through his garbage bin, pull out all of the little chunks of wood, and set them aside in my scrap pile. I love scrap pile projects, probably in part because I almost never need his help to complete them. For example, these pumpkins are a very quick and easy project.
*If you don't have a hearty scrap pile, this is also a great pallet project.
Begin by cutting pieces of wood into staggered sizes. There is no need to measure your pieces carefully, you just want to make sure they get progressively larger until you reach the desired width for your pumpkin, and then progressively smaller until you reach the desired height.
Your stack of pieces should end up looking something like this.
Now get yourself set-up on a piece of wood that you don't mind clamping on to. For example, I simply used a 2 x 4 over two sawhorses.
Set the bottom piece of your pumpkin down and apply a small amount of wood glue. Use this picture more as a "what not to do". I got a little overzealous and used way too much. Really, just about a dime sized dot in the middle will suffice.
Place the next piece on top of the first and press down firmly. You don't need to press super hard, but if you just press a little tiny bit your pieces will float around a bit as you build the pumpkin.
If you went crazy with the glue, like I did, this is what will happen. Just take a wet paper towel and wipe it off. You really do want more wet than damp because you want to remove the glue more so than just spread it around.
You probably get the idea now. Just continue gluing and stacking until you have used all of your pieces.
Now it is time to clamp the whole thing together. Place another piece of scrap wood on top of the whole pile, but do NOT glue this piece. This will prevent the clamp from leaving a circular impression when it gets tightened all the way.
As you tighten the clamp you are likely to squish out some more glue, so just wipe it away with that wet paper towel again. It's okay to get the wood pretty wet in the process. If you don't wipe off the glue pretty well, it won't take the paint as well in the next step.
Once the glue has set up (follow the instructions on your glue bottle, but for most wood glue you will want to wait until the next day), select your paint color and mix 1 part paint with 2 parts water. This will create more of a white wash effect, rather than solid painting.
Unfortunately, this also makes painting a very drippy affair so be careful where you choose to paint. :-)
While you are waiting for the paint to dry, head outside, go for a walk and enjoy the beautiful fall weather... okay, really you are looking for a good stick to use as the stem for your pumpkin.
Once the paint has dried, or at least dried most of the way, use a small amount of wood glue to attach a little piece of your chosen stick.
From here on out, the choice is yours... you have created a cute pumpkin and you can leave it like this, or you can take it a step further and embellish it with whatever you choose.
Personally I went and wandered around Jo-Ann's until I found something I liked, but you might find something completely different. Whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy this fun little project. Happy Fall!