I just love how creative my blogging friends are.
Every day when I visit their blogs or browse around on Pinterest, I always have one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Given the same canvas or the same materials to work with, creative people will each put their own spin on it and make something unique.
Give a group of bloggers a wooden pumpkin, for instance, and no two will look the same.
My friend Sara from Major Hoff Takes a Wife challenged a group of us to makeover a humble wooden pumpkin from the craft store. The results ranged from retro to modern, with themes spanning fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving. Heck, one pumpkin even got a Texas-sized makeover, y’all!
You can check out all the smashing pumpkins at the end of this post. But first, let me show you what I did with mine.
I started out with a large wooden pumpkin from the craft store. I think these are sold out, now that retailers are moving onto Christmas decor, but you can find a similar wooden pumpkin here.
I ruminated over what to do with my pumpkin for a while, trying to come up with a different idea. I was worried my pumpkin would look like someone else’s!
I finally decided to make a pumpkin patch sign, with a layered crackle finish.
To achieve the crackle finish, I started out by painting my pumpkin with DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint in Heritage. Then, I layered on the DecoArt Weathered Wood crackling medium, allowing it to dry before adding a thin topcoat of DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish in Lace.
For step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a crackled paint finish with chalk paint, check out this tutorial.
Normally, when I make signs, I use my Silhouette Cameo to make a stencil for the lettering. But honest-to-gosh truth, when I was working on this pumpkin, I was too tired/lazy to go upstairs to my computer to make the stencil. So, I ended up freehanding the lettering.
I sketched the words out on a piece of paper first, then flipped the paper over and traced them in pencil on the backside of the paper.
Next, I taped the paper to the pumpkin, and used a pencil on the front to go over the letters once again. I made sure to press firmly. By doing so, the pencil marks from the back of the paper transferred to the wood.
Then, I filled in the letters with paint.
First, I used DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in New Life, a perfect fall green, to paint the words. Then, I used a thin paintbrush to add a bit of ivory paint to center of each letter. Finally, I used a fine paint brush to outlined the letters in orange.
To finish off my pumpkin, I wrapped the stem in jute twine.
I love how it looks on my hearth for fall.
Be sure to visit my blogging friends to see how they transformed their pumpkins!
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