DIY Post Pumpkins
I know it’s a little late but – ITS FALL!!!
Being in Florida, fall doesn’t really arrive until late October. Today is the first day I have been able to actually keep my windows open all day!
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the weather, the foods – everything. Unfortunately my home is defiantly lacking in fall decor.
Recently I found these super cute picture of wood pumpkins on a porch but didn’t know where to get them or even if I could afford to buy them. So I decided to make them myself and let me tell you – it was super easy!
This project took me less than 1 hour to make! Can you believe it? I did it all while my little boy napped and by the time he woke up we had beautiful porch pumpkins that he couldn’t destroy. I know you want to make one too so let’s do it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 – 4x4x8 post (I found mine at the local lumber yard)
Hot Glue Gun
Step 1 – Take your post and cut your desired pumpkin sizes. I did 3 different heights 3′, 2.5′, and 1.5′ but feel free to cut to whatever size you’d like!
My circular saw didn’t cut all the way through so I had to cut on all 4 sides which resulted in the middle being a little higher from where it pulled off. I used a hammer to flatten out this “bump” area.
Step 2 – Lightly sand the whole block and wipe off to remove any dust, residue or dirt.
I didn’t take a whole lot of care to remove all the dirt and gunk, I thought it gave my pumpkins character – but you can remove it all or a little depending on your preference.
Step 3 – Paint your posts orange. Use the flattest side for the bottom and the more irregular side for the top.
I used regular craft paint I had laying around the house to paint these guys. Mixing in different shades of orange and yellow with a little bit of brown because I didn’t have a “pumpkin orange” color.
Do at least 2 coats, more if you want less of the wood grain showing through. Make sure you paint the top area of your pumpkin as well!
Step 4 – While they dry, use your scrap wood to make 3 stems. I made them 2 inches wide and 4 inches high. Paint these guys brown.
Once both have dried you can assemble!
Step 5 – Using your glue gun, attach the “stem” to the top of your “pumpkin”. Now use your green ribbon to make a bow or knot for the vine.
And there you have it – 3 beautiful post pumpkins you can use either on your porch or in your home! Enjoy your beautiful, hand-crafted work!
How did your post pumpkins turn out?
Leave a comment below and let me know!