Pottery Barn Inspired Outdoor Metal Pumpkins

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Our family loves Halloween. We love it so much, that Greg and I tend to overlook the traditional fall decor, so we can spend more time on spooky blood-and-guts decor! With fall approaching (and using the blog’s upcoming first anniversary as an excuse), I asked Greg if I should buy some fall decoration instead of DiYing it for once. He said “yeammmuuhhh,” and went back to his video game. I’d call that a green light! Before he could think about it, I went online to find something interesting. After some hours of online search, I finally found a beautiful pumpkin at Pottery Barn! It had all the qualities I wanted: it was interesting, it was big and it was galvanized metal, so I could use it both outdoors and indoors if I wanted to. But there was one tiny weeny problem with it: the price tag! It was $99… yes $99! For this galvanized outdoor pumpkin!
You know me well enough to guess what happened next: after a bit of contemplating whether I should buy 2 or 3 of these pumpkins, I added 2 of them to my cart. Then, thinking what a great find it was, I took a sip from my wine and decided to get the third one. You know…just for fun! After all, we had a big money tree in our back yard, and all I needed was to pick some dead presidents from the tree to pay for this shopping…LOL. I WISH! What a wonderful dream though, right? Ok, here is what happened in the real world: after trying to get over the price tag shock, I urged Greg to take me to Home Depot. As I already had some galvanized metal strap on hand, I only needed some 1/4 inch nuts and a 1/4 inch threaded metal rod to come up with something similar, and that is how my Pottery Barn inspired Outdoor Metal Pumkpins project started.
Before jumping into the tutorial, please keep in mind that I have the full supplies list with the links showing where to find each item on our blog post, so if you want to get any of them and don't know from where, you can find that on our blog post. Now you know where to find the supply list, let’s get on with the tutorial, shall we? First, I prepared the metal straps. I cut 10 metal straps.
As the straps want to curl, you would need someone’s help with this step. After cutting 10 of them, I asked Greg to help me mark the mid point of the metal straps. He huffed and he puffed, but he gave a break to his video games and helped me mark the mid points of all 10 metal straps :-)
Once the mid-points were marked, I started drilling holes in both ends and in the mid-points of the straps. I drilled the holes slightly bigger than 1/4 inch, so they wouldn’t have problem fitting the 1/4 inch rod.


Here are some beauty shots of my Pottery Barn Inspired Metal Pumpkins.
I hope you liked my metal pumpkins :-) If so, I think you would love these DIY sisal pumpkins too!

Aren't they the cutest things ever?
You won't believe how easy they are, and they only take less than 5 minutes to make and costs less than a dollar each. No kidding!


If you'd like to see how I made these pumpkins, CLICK HERE TO SEE THE STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!
Handan, xo

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  • Hotheadzmarine.williamson
    on Sep 12, 2016

    ok having a hard time finding Strapping... and my hubby is giving me a fit on what gauge the strapping is you used do you know so he will stop fussing... lol...

  • Tina Meckley
    on Sep 12, 2016

    I was wondering what the total cost was, approximately ? Thank you

    • Hi Tina, Let’s say you were to make these having nothing in hand: 18$ for the 100 feet of galvanized strap and 5$ for shipping, 5$ for the paint, 5$ for rod, 2-3$ for the nuts, 3$ for burlap leaves (I am not sure where to find aluminum lawn edging hence I went for the burlap in this calculation) – total would be 38$. But with this cost you can make two. And if you wanted to make more all you need would be another rod and some more nuts, that is it! That said if you don’t have the drill bit that is another $8.50. But that thing will last a life time and very useful tool. Also, with the supplies you have left on hand and using that drill bit you can make small or big decorative spheres for your home, which I am planning to make some in the future and will be posting about it.

  • Sharon
    on Sep 14, 2016

    I have been all over trying to find a roll of the tin strapping and no one has it. Where did you get yours????

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