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.
Okay, so it really wasn't magic, but it wasn't hard to do. Hubby cut a 2 X 4 into four wooden blocks and sanded them down.
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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Bobbi @ 3GLOL says
These are awesome Dee!! We have so much wood here that I could use...now to find the time 🙂
Thanks for sharing 😉
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Pauline Molinari says
These are great! I love the Frankenstein! Thanks for sharing your project on the Monday Funday Party!
Dee M says
Thank you so much, Cindy. I really appreciate the pin! 🙂
Dee M says
Frankie is my favorite -- I had fun playing Dr Frankenstein! 🙂
Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration says
Dee, these are just SO adorable - love them! Pinned and hope you have a happy Sunday!
Oh look at Frankenstein! Love them!
Dee M says
Thanks so much for the pin, Theresa! 🙂
These are cute! I love the Frankenstein! Pinned to my autumn craft diy board. Stopping by from @DearCreatives Theresa