Vicky Kloppenborg
Vicky Kloppenborg
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Painted Pumpkin Yard Stakes DIY

2 Materials
$4
2 Days
Easy

This simple Halloween project was made solely to please our 3 year old granddaughter, she loves pumpkins!
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
I found some old pumpkin cut-outs while sorting through decorations recently, and remembered how my young daughters enjoyed hanging them in the windows, and on the walls, changing them everyday.  It’s hard to believe that was over 25 years ago! Oh well, anyway, they inspired me to make some cheerful yard stake jack-o-lanterns to greet my grand kids this Halloween.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
Using the cut-outs as a guide, I changed the pumpkin patterns up a bit; made them bigger, and fattened up the cheeks.  After tracing them onto a piece of scrap 1/4″ plywood, they were cut out with a jig saw and a scroll saw, and sanded before painting.Paint the pumpkins with 3 to 4 coats of craft paint, let dry.  Sand again, removing more paint around all the edges for a worn appearance.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
A garage sale find of wire grilling forks have been hanging on a nail in my garage, waiting for a worthy purpose. I was looking for something that wouldn’t be too noticeable, and wanted to keep the pumpkins low, so they would make great stakes.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
The forks were glued to the backside of the pumpkins with Gorilla glue, and clamped in place overnight to dry. Gorilla glue expands as it dries, so you don’t want to overdo it. I probably could have used less, but I wanted to make sure they were adhered well, it gets pretty windy at our house sometimes. Sand down any dried excess glue. Paint the glued area with orange paint.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
I found some rusty metal leaves from last Fall’s decorating. For some color, they were brushed with a thin layer of Citrus colored Alcohol Ink, and wiped off lightly before letting them dry.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
All the pieces, front and back, were sprayed with a Clear Matte Finish. Let dry.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
The metal leaf stem was curled and wired to the pumpkin with a scrap length of wire. Curl the ends of the scrap wire. Tie on some raffia, trim.  Gently shape the leaves and wires as desired.
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
painted pumpkin yard stakes diy
I’m not too sure where my pumpkins will get settled as of yet, but sure it will be near the door, where they’ll be seen.  I might have to put a solar light behind them too!Like DIY? See more free tutorials by clicking on my blog link below.

Suggested materials:

  • Clear matte finish  (walmart)
  • Grilling forks  (garage sale)
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2 comments
  • TDinAZ
    on Sep 21, 2017

    Wow, Very clever! I love woodworking and have been looking for a hobby to keep myself busy. This fits the bill! Thank You for sharing!!!! You're idea just might start a very clever "ALL of the Holidays" tradition at my house. Thank You!

    • Vicky Kloppenborg
      on Sep 21, 2017

      Thanks Tom! Your idea sounds fun! I'd love to see what you come up with, and hope you'll share. Happy woodworking!

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