Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain2
Fabulous Shabby Chic Pumpkins
I’m back today with another 2×4 wood post. I just love creating with these easy blocks of wood. They can take on so many different personas. Today’s shabby chic pumpkins are elegant, but not too fancy – just enough to add something pretty to your fall decor. I added mine to my dining room, so that they will be standing out as they sit for us to enjoy.
I’ll go over the easy way to create these. Just remember, 2×4’s are inexpensive pieces of wood. A whole 2x45x8 piece is about $3 or so. And you can get it cut down right there at your hardware store. They will usually do the first cut free, then you pay a certain amount for additional cuts. No having to saw, or lug home a huge piece of wood, and you can take your measurements with you, and have them cut them to size for several different projects. Anyone can make these shabby chic pumpkins.
I painted the accents with a beautiful metallic champagne color, then I sanded them down so that they weren’t so bright,shiny and new. Aren’t they sweet?
First, you’re going to get your wood cut to 10 inches, 8 inches, and 6 inches. Give them a basic sanding. Next, drill holes and add some twig stems. You can also cut dowels and just glue them to the top of the pumpkin. I love using twig stems to make them a little realistic looking. I use a silicone adhesive to seal them in to the wood blocks tightly.
I save my cardboard and use that for painting. Now use acrylics and paint your base coat.
I used a regular orange and a red orange to coat my pieces.
Then when they were dry, I used painter’s tape to tape off chevron and stripes.
Once those were painted, I used a recycled tube to paint circles on my final block. I filled in with a paint brush. I wasn’t worried about perfection, as I knew I’d be sanding them.
Let them dry, then peel off the tape.
I use a palm sander to get good sanded edges.
It gave them a fabulously shabby look. However I didn’t like the raw wood color showing through.
To make a light stain, use 1 part of acrylic paint to 3 part water mixture. I use plastic cups for easy throw away clean up.
Take your aging mix- the ‘stain’ and brush it liberally over your blocks.
I use a paper towel to wipe away any excess paint. At this point, you are finished painting, but you can spray them with a clear matte spray to protect them.
To finish them, add a pretty ribbon bow to your pumpkins and set them up where you can enjoy them!
Display them however you like.