Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Pallet Pumpkins

Next week is Halloween! Where did the time go? We still have to carve our pumpkins! Hopefully we'll get a chance to this weekend, before we head off to a spooktacular halloween party with the kids. I know we will have a blast, and the kids are going to go nuts over the decorations, just like they had a blast putting webs and spiders all over our bushes and front door. The newest addition to our fall yard decor are these super cute pallet pumpkins:

I love that these will carry into Thanksgiving and don't have to be taken down after halloween, like those creepy crawly spiderwebs. They only took a few hours to complete, and the total project cost us less than $7. Here's a breakdown of materials:

Pallet- free
Hinge- free, on hand
Paint- $7 we bought two samples and used what we had on hand 
Burlap ribbon- free, on hand from another project

First, we chalk-outlined the shape of a pumpkin on the pallet. Nothing perfect, just an idea.

My husband jigsawed around the outline, and numbered each board to keep them in order. 

He attached three boards across the back of the pumpkin to keep the pallet together.

We rounded all of the corners with the jigsaw. This gave lots of character to the pumpkins and really helped them look more recognizable.

Next, we made a stem out of a scrap from the pallet, and attached it with a few screws.

I came up with the idea to attach a stand to the back with a hinge. This way, when it's time to store the pumpkins, they won't take up much room! Yay for more attic space!

We figured that the big pumpkin needed a small friend. 

Next, I painted the pumpkins in alternating orange paint and topped them off with a green stem. A burlap bow added the perfect finish to these cute pumpkins. 

I'm so happy with how they turned out! 

Hope you all have a great weekend :-) Any cute pumpkin-carving ideas?

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome! I would love for you to come and link up to That's Fresh Friday and share this wonderful post