Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fence Picket Pumpkin (Single Stem Idea)




As I was putting up our fall decorations I realized we needed a focal piece for our mantel! I decided I wanted to make some sort of sign. Fence pickets were on my brain but it originally was just going to be a sign with some sort of fall saying. I am very happy with the pumpkin that it evolved in to! This project is seriously very easy and will take about an hour. You get to use one of my favorite tools - a jig saw - a must have for every DIYer! Another great thing about the Fence Picket Pumpkin is it is extremely inexpensive, especially if you can find some old fence posts to re-purpose!

Enjoy this single stem idea of
Fence Picket Pumpkin

The Stuff
The FUN!
Fence pickets
Scrap wood (for back pieces to join all posts together)
Spacers (I used some scraps of ¼ inch wood)
Screws (I used 12 one inch screws)
Orange paint and brush
Stick (for stem)
Raffia

Pencil
Chop saw (aka. miter saw)
Jig saw
Sander
Drill
Screw driver
Hot glue gun
*a square is helpful


1. Measure how big you want your pumpkin and cut pickets accordingly with your chop saw. Mine is 18 inches high and about 16 inches wide with 4 – 4” pickets and 1 6” picket. Also cut 2 scrap pieces of wood a little less than the overall width.

2. Line up your pickets (I used my square on the bottom) and draw your pumpkin shape on the top with a pencil.  

3. Use your jig saw to cut the round edges.

4. Line it all up to see if it looks good. Make any adjustments with the jig saw if needed.  

5. Sand edges.

6. Paint the fence pickets and back piece orange.  
7. Distress edges and tops by lightly sanding.

8. Flip over, line up and put spacers in.

9. Drill holes and screw in. I used 1” screws because my total width was 1 ¼” but check to make sure what your width is so you won’t go through the front.

10. Cut your stick to a good stem length. Hot glue it on the pumpkin top.

11. Tie raffia around the stem.

12. Display!

Now for the pictures...
1. Measure how big you want your pumpkin and cut pickets accordingly with your chop saw. Mine is 18 inches high and about 16 inches wide with 4 – 4” pickets and 1 6” picket. Also cut 2 scrap pieces of wood a little less than the overall width.

2. Line up your posts (I used my square) and draw your pumpkin shape on the top with a pencil. 

3. Use your jig saw to cut the round edges.

4. Line it all up to see if it looks good. Make any adjustments with the jig saw if needed.

5. Sand edges.

6. Paint the fence pickets and back piece orange.

7. Distress edges and tops by lightly sanding.

8. Flip over, line up and put spacers in.
 
9. Drill holes and screw in. I used 1” screws because my total width was 1 ¼” but check to make sure what your width is so you won’t go through the front.

10. Cut your stick to a good stem length. Hot glue it on the pumpkin top.


11. Tie raffia around the stem.


Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Fence Picket Pumpkin!
Happy Crafting
~Sara
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