Monday, October 15, 2012

4 x 4 Pumpkins | {Tutorial}

4 x 4 Pumpkins 

I've been DYING to make these since I saw them on You're Too Crafty a loooong time ago. I had a little different idea that I wanted to do with these guys, so here is my take a tutorial on them!


You'll need: 
  • 3 pieces of 4x4's in varying heights. My parents actually had some old fence posts laying around all cut up so I didn't have to cut or buy these. I saw them and snatched them up. 
  • Power sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft Paint
  • Picture hanging nails
  • Grapevine
  • Wine corks
  • Glue Gun
  • Fishing line
Here's what my posts looked like when I found them. To begin, I took my hand sander and rounded up the corners and edges a bit and got the majority of the white paint off. 

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Next, I painted the posts. This took a few coats of basic craft paint. Once painted and dry, I took a piece of sandpaper to the corners and edges and a bit to the sides to rough it up a bit.

After this, I added the stems. To do this, I hammered in a small nail about halfway into the top center of the pumpkin like this:

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I used Barefoot brand corks because they're a bit different than regular corks and slid down onto the head of the nails. This was just the easy way out. What I had originally intended to do was to drill a tiny hole in the top of the post, put the head of the nail down in the hole, and then slide the cork onto the pointy end of the nail. But, I'm lazy and impatient, so this way was quicker and easier ;) 


After this, I pulled the cork back off, covered the nail in some hot glue, stuck a small piece of grapevine under it and slid the cork back on. 

I went outside to the jungle that is my side yard and pulled the grapevine out of the bushes. You can buy it at craft stores if needed. To wrap the grapevine (I can't tell you how many times I've typed gravepine instead of grapevine... ha) around the pumpkins, I used some fishing line to tie it together. The end result:


1 comment:

  1. Love this idea! I have lots of 4x4 posts after meesing up the deck rails and having to start over. I see this project in my near future.



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