Some of you said that you love decorating with pumpkins because you can display them from September all the way to Thanksgiving. And that’s the idea behind this easy, Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin designed by Debi Schmitz. Using foam instead of wood means this pumpkin will go together fast, and covering each slat with scrapbook paper layers on a lot of interest. Now, I’m not sure I would make mine a pumpkin for all season long . . . I’d love to see this Pallet Wood Pumpkin made with Halloween theme scrapbook paper. How cute would that be?
To make a Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin, you’ll need*:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1”x 12” x 18” block
- Acrylic craft paint in pumpkin orange and burnt umber
- Wood dowel, ¼” x 36”
- Scrapbook paper:
- Dark green, one sheet each solid and patterned
- Orange, one sheet each solid and patterned
- Brown (stem)
- Cloth covered wire, 18-gauge, in green
- Wood tags, six in sizes from 1” x 1-3/4” to 1-1/2” x 1-3/4”
- Adhesive letters spelling THANKS
- Jute twine
- Buttons, two ½” in orange
- Felt or fabric, 1/3 yd (for back of pumpkin)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; craft knife; pencil; straight pins; wire cutter; stiff bristle paintbrush
*Did you notice — there are no power tools on this list! No hammers, either.
To make a Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin:
1. Pin the pumpkin pattern to the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Trace around the pattern with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam sheet. Be sure to flip the pattern over along the fold line to draw the second half.
3. Use a scrap piece of foam to lightly sand and smooth the edges.
4. Cut the pumpkin into five strips, in this order, from left to right: 2-¼”, 2-¼”, 2”, 2-¼” and 2-¼” wide. Sand any rough edges smooth with a scrap piece of foam.
5. Paint the edges of each strip pumpkin orange. Paint the edges of the stem brown. Let dry.
6. Decide how you would like to display the scrapbook paper. Debi chose to alternate between the patterned paper and the solid. Place each pumpkin strip face down on the reverse side of the scrapbook paper. Trace around each piece, and then cut out the paper strips. Trim as needed, and glue each paper strip to the corresponding foam strip.
7. Trace around the stem on the brown scrapbook paper. Cut out and glue the paper stem to the front of the foam stem.
8. Cut the wood dowel into eleven, 2” lengths. Following the photo, and working from the left side to the right side, insert and glue wood dowels between the strips. Be sure the strips line up before you add another one. Insert and glue two wood dowels in the bottom corner of the stem, and insert and glue into the top of the pumpkins.
9. Place the pumpkin right side up on the tan felt or other fabric, and trace around it. Cut out and glue to the back of the pumpkin.
10. Make the hanger:
- Make a small slit through the felt covering the two outside strips.
- Insert and glue the ends of a 9” length of wire through the slits and into the foam. Insert the wire ends so that they are pointing up toward the top of the pumpkin.
- Glue a ¾” x 2” felt or fabric piece above each slit for reinforcement.
- Once glue dries, flip wire so it’s facing up.
11. Make the garland:
- Adhere letters to the wood tags.
- Thread a 6” length of jute through each tag and tie a half knot. Tie each letter onto an 18” length of jute.
- Glue jute to each side of pumpkin, leaving a 3” – 4” tail on either side.
- Glue an orange button to either side of the jute garland.
- Arrange and spot glue the letters to the front of the pumpkin.
12. Fold an 18” length of jute in half and then tie it around the base of the stem.
13. Using the patterns, cut three large green leaves and five small green leaves from the green scrapbook papers. Gently crinkle and fold the leaves, forming veins. Glue three large leaves and one small leaf to the base of the stem.
14. Create coiled tendrils from floral wire, and glue in place around the jute and the leaves.
15. Glue four small leaves and one wire tendril to the bottom right corner of the pumpkin. Tie a knot in center of a 9” piece of jute, and glue to the middle of the leaf cluster.
Don’t miss Debi’s Faux Pallet Wood Wall Clock, too.
Who has fall activities planned for the weekend? A hike, apple picking, or? Enjoy!