Shelly L Nemeth
Shelly L Nemeth
  • Hometalk Helper
  • Gilbert, AZ

Shabby Chic Pumpkins

10 Materials
1 Hour

This is not your typical pumpkin! Why do pumpkins need to be orange? Well in my house they don't, I wanted something that matched my farmhouse style so I designed these easy pumpkins that are rustic but elegant. So lets not waste time its October already, but these are fast and you can use them until Thanksgiving.
What you'll need:
chip brush
paint dark and light brown spray
white chalk paint
tape measure
1x1 wood block
nail gun
one wide 5.5" fence board

Lets get started grab the fence board, the top of the board will already have the dog ear as they call them. Leave that and cut straight at 8" then will use that to cut all the rest.
Laying the dog ear on top of each of the boards and cut both sides to match one at 10" and 12" and 2 at 8" to make a set of 4 pumpkins
Now that the wood is cut take your 2 brown paints and randomly spray the wood pieces not covering it all. However, you do want to paint all the sides
Next you will dry brush the white on top
The way to do dry brushing is to have very little paint on the brush
Then you lightly push down
Apply as much white as you want but do not fully cover it. This gives you the depth you see. Let dry it should only be a minute or so because your using very little paint.
Now once it is dry and grab a 1x1" (Block). I cut them to fit in between the dog ears
Use the nail gun and nail the block on. Yes you do want to nail from the front.
This is the back view now that the block is attached. You could paint the block but I didn't because I'm always in a hurry lol!
I cut the branch that I took from my tree outside and nailed it on. Just be careful not to get your fingers in way because you have to do it at a slight angel.
Finally embellish with some twine with a simple knot around the branch

Here are my pumpkins the 8" that I did 2 of I turned one horizontal the rest I left vertical again the sizes I did are 8" 10" 12" I just made a few of each.
They look great on trays for the kitchen island or any where for this fall season! Hope this inspired you to try a nontraditional color this year! Think outside of the box! Happy fall y 'all
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2 questions
  • Mar30970230
    on Oct 13, 2018

    What will remove tree sap from car without causing damage to the paint.

  • Carmen
    on Oct 18, 2018

    i am pretty sure can we try this with light orange and darker orange, cant we? just to be more traditional.

    Did you misspel paint?

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      on Oct 20, 2018

      Not sure I do so many it happens!! But orange I’d use brown under and orange on top

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