This might look like your average wood pumpkin, but it’s actually made from something entirely different that only cost $1!
I am super excited to share with you all my Faux Wood Pumpkin!
I had originally planned on sharing it last Thursday, but after my husband came home & asked me why my pumpkin wasn’t orange I decided maybe I should add a light layer of orange paint.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Although I’m not really sure where this story begins.
Well, first off, can you tell what my faux wood pumpkin is made from?
If you guessed a foam board than you are totally correct!
I have several foam boards that I used as backgrounds, & to bounce light off of, when I take photos for my blog.
I have had the same 3 foam boards (from the DIY Fall Acorns) for almost 2 years now & they are beginning to show some wear. So when I needed something sturdy to spray paint my Easter eggs on for my DIY Fall Acorns I decided I would use one of my foam boards, which I hoped would force me to buy a new one.
But after I finished spray painting my fall acorns I couldn’t bring myself to throw away the foam board.
What can I say, I’m a hoarder of anything with repurposing & upcycling possibilities!
It’s a big problem.
But after seeing a picture of a white wood pumpkin, & mistaking the wood for foam, I decided to jump on the idea & turn my trashy $1 foam board into a Faux Wood Pumpkin!
And since I had been wanting a wood pumpkin anyways this solved that problem too!
Although I had been wanting to create a rustic reclaimed wood pumpkin for awhile, I knew I had no real purpose for one. We don’t have a front yard or a front porch, plus it’s not like I have a saw or anything to actually cut a pumpkin from old wood. Much to my husband’s relief.
So to say I was excited about creating my Faux Wood Pumpkin is an understatement!
All I had to do was draw the shape of a pumpkin with chalk on the foam board, cut it out with an X-acto knife, & paint it. I then added a bow because I thought it added a nice touch.
The only problem was that I couldn’t decide on a paint color.
And on a side note I am horrible at editing pictures that consist of lots of orange & red…
First, it was a brownish color, like wood. I took a bunch of photos & then decided I really didn’t like the color.
So I gave it a white wash, shabby chic, look. But then my husband didn’t think it looked like a pumpkin since it wasn’t orange. And since he will see it more than I will, & especially since it is the first thing he sees when he comes home everyday, I decided to paint on a light layer of orange.
I’m so happy I did! I think it looks great!
And I’m even glad I painted it 3 times! I think the different layers of paint really gave it the faux wood look I was hoping for. Although sadly pictures don’t seem to do it justice…
Foam Board ($1 at Dollar Tree)
Chalk or Marker
X-acto Knife or Sharp Scissors
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
Paint & Paint Brush
Burlap – optional
First, draw the shape of a pumpkin & a pumpkin stem on your foam board with chalk or a marker.
Then cut out the pumpkin & pumpkin stem with your X-acto knife & sand off the rough edges. I also cut the pumpkin into planks to make it look like it was once wood boards & hot glued it back together by attaching a scrap piece of foam board to the back.
Then paint your pumpkin & stem.
Hot glue a bow to the front (for fun) & a piece of twine to the back (if you plan on hanging it).
This would make a fun & inexpensive project for kids & students. Simply have the pumpkins pre-cut & glued. Then they get to enjoy the fun part of decorating with paint, ribbon, glitter, ect.
And now that I have shared it with you all I will be able to remember this project for when we have our own little ones!
I’d love to see your Faux Wood Pumpkins!
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With love, G
But may all who seek you rejoice & be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
But as for me, I am poor & needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help & my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.
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