I'm a huge fan of anything rustic, including holiday decorations and crafts. Honestly, I think the reason I like this style so much is that it's practically impossible to get it wrong. Anyway, I've been wanting to make my own wood pumpkins for a long time, and over the weekend, I finally got the chance! We had some leftover wood, and Hubby was kind enough to cut it into different sizes. It wasn't long before the wood blocks magically turned into a rustic Jack o' lantern family and their friend Frankie.
I was thinking the blocks would make a nice pumpkin family, so I painted them orange and used dark brown paint to shade the edges. One of the blocks had a deep cut, which was fine, but the more I looked at the block, the more I thought it really resembled a scar.
So, I played Dr. Frankenstein and turned the pumpkin into a monster -- a cute monster, though! I just turned the block upside down, painted it green and added some details, including a nicely stitched scar. I also screwed two small bolts into Frankie's neck and very lightly distressed him.
I painted faces on the pumpkins and then distressed them with sandpaper. Since I was aiming for a rustic industrial vibe, I made stems out of nails and wire. First, I coiled the wire until it looked like a spring. Then, I used copper colored metallic spray paint to give the nails and wire a rusty look. I think this was the first time I've ever spray painted nails, but it worked! I hammered the nails into the top of the pumpkins, and then I just topped them with the wire springs.
And, here is the the family with Frankie! Don't they look sweet together?
You could always leave off the nails, but I like how they look. Of course, these aren't toys, so don't let the kids play with them! And, since I had everything on hand, I basically got four new Halloween decorations for free -- can't beat that!
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