Okay y'all, I've stepped out of my paper cut comfort
zone, into the world of wood and scary saws...
and I am in LOVE!!
I picked up some small picket fence boards and
snagged a few pots of 50cent clearance paint from
Home Depot and got to work.
I knew I wanted to make two pumpkins, one big
and one small, so I separated my pile of wood
accordingly, grabbed a piece of scrap wood and
screwed into each picket section from the back.
It'll shift on you, if you leave it as such, so grab
a smaller piece of scrap and diagonally fix it to
your cross bars.
I took a pencil and rough sketched out a pumpkin
on the backs, next time I'll put my sketch on the front
since the cross bars were a bit in my way.
Lesson learned and I wouldn't learn
if I didn't try!
My work station all set up on our driveway, I'm
sure my neighbors think I'm crazy!
I clamped down one side of each piece and taking
a jig saw, cut off the extra pieces along my rough
sketch. I have to say it was quite satisfying with
each section that dropped to the ground.
I flipped the board over, re clamped and cut out
the other side of my pumpkins.
Next the sanding, over the entire fronts and sides
...buzzzzzzzzz...I rounded the bottoms a bit more
with the jig saw, until I was happy with my pumpkins.
Couldn't pass up the steal on paint... I snagged 6
pots for 50cents a piece...colors I know I'll use for
future projects and even it I don't, I didn't break
Not sure why in the bottom right photo the paint looks
grey, it's a brown...
I cut the end off of a cheap brush to make it firmer
and sort of tapped, dry brushed with that, finishing
up with a paper towel to blend.
(Just on the brown pumpkin to give it more detail.)
A quick clear coat of poly and they are proudly
displayed on our front porch. I'm just excited they
won't rot and I'll have to throw them away!
If you have a pile of scrap wood lying around,
give these a try, they sure were fun to make!