Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back and Starbucks, and so I thought it was time for my first fall craft of the season! I wanted a generic ‘fall’ craft, not something that was specifically for Thanksgiving or Halloween, and so I decided on pumpkins.
This entire project took a little under four hours (even including paint drying time!) and cost me nothing. Whoot Whoot!
I had an old 2x4 in the garage that wasn’t in good shape. It was truly junk lumber. (In fact it was left over from the master bathroom demo.. It used to be part of the knee wall between the shower and tub. So this project is extra sentimental for me!)
|(If you haven’t seen what that knee wall looks like now, this is the full bathroom reveal)|
Anyhow.. where was I? Oh yes. I took that old 2x4 and cut it into random segments. You can see the nail holes and broken pieces show, but that is part of the charm. I also found a small tree branch (about 3/4 inch) and cut it into random segments as well:
Using my palm sander I rounded the corners of the blocks and got rid of the real rough edges:
Next I painted the blocks (I mixed a little chalky paint with craft paint) and applied it with a foam brush:
While they were drying I cut stencils out of contact paper with my Silhouette and applied them to the hocks once they were dry:
Again, I used a little craft paint and a foam brush to add the letters:
Here are the finished blocks (the “stems" are just sitting on top):
They were cute, but they were REALLY orange and they all sorta ran together. I took the palm sander to them again (in case you want to repeat this look, I was using 200 grit sandpaper):
I liked the distressed look much better:
When I was happy with them, I used a hot glue gun to add the stick stems:
And here is the finished project:
I think they are adorable.
I also wanted to share this funny story about this project. When I was setting them up to take photos my 5 year old was helping me collect props and hold the white foam board back drop up. And so I asked her if she wanted to set up a vignette on her own.
And I was AMAZED with what she came up with. Seriously, her set ups are as cute (okay.. CUTER than mine). This is her first one:
(I never had the idea to squeeze them together like that.. I love it!) And this is her second version:
It was 100% her idea to have the little bucket tipping over. So funny. Especially compared to mine:
I know she’ll make a great blogger one day!