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I showed that 4×4 who’s boss!

So.. the idea for these pumpkin’s has been all over Pinterest lately.. I actually saw this idea last fall and just didn’t have time to make them.. I told myself this year I would be a crafty little rockstar and get all my DIY decor projects done.  So this was one of my first projects!  Wood 4×4 ‘pumpkins’. I did have hubby’s help with sanding and chiseling the wood. I am such a girl when it comes to anything that might give me a ‘boo-boo’.. although, I did toughen up and start beating it with a hammer… then whined when my forearm hurt for two days..

After beating the crud out of the 4×4′s for almost an hour to get the ‘perfect’ look we.. ah.. hubby, sanded them and got them as smooth as possible. I slapped on some paint, burlap, jute cord, wire, buttons, and a rod thingy to make ‘stems’.. and had myself some PUMPKINS!

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Yeah, they really are THAT cute! I made this for super cheap.. if these were in a craft store I bet they’ed be at least $100,000.. ok.. maybe more like $40ish… but still! They are tall, heavy, solid little masterpieces! Plus you get the satisfaction of this little conversation in the future..

Non-crafty friend: “Oh, my! Where on Earth did you find those adorable wood pumpkins?! I MUST go buy them!”

Says you in all your crafty awesomeness: “Wellll.. You see, I actually made them…” (The trick is to say it like it’s no big deal and you’ve been making wood pumpkins ever since you crawled outta your mama.)

Non-crafty (and now overly amazed) friend: ” NO WAY!!!! YOU made THOSE?.. Wow.. you are SOOOO talented”

Says you: “Did I mention I built this house and invented chocolate and stopped world hunger?”

LOL….

You crafty type know how us crafters roll…

 

Anyhow, here’s some more pics, then I will share a little ‘how to’ with ya!

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That sign rocks.. don’t even try to agrue with me! lol

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Love that yummy sanding to ‘distress’ a bit!

 

So, what do you think? I truly LOVE doing stuff like this and it’s been ages since I did a craft that didn’t involve paper in some way. I can’t wait to make the rest of my goodies and share them with you all!!

Now, wanna make your own? Go grab your hubby, boyfriend, partner, etc and let’s get crafty! (unless you’re all tough and stuff and can cut, chisel, and sand your own wood.. lol)

SUPPLIES:

  • A 4×4. I cut mine into 6 pieces so I could make two sets. Cut them to 21″, 16″ and 12″.
  • Orange paint. I got flat ‘pumpkin orange’ made by Glidden
  • Brown paint. I used some regular ‘ol craft paint.
  • A wood dowel. I forgot to take a photo, but you can find them at any hardware store. Mine is 1.25″ diameter. Cut to sizes 3.5″, 3″ and 2.5″
  • Green burlap (fabric.com)
  • Ivory or natural jute cord (I got mine from Etsy)
  • Large dark brown wood buttons
  • Jewelry wire, dark brown. 16 or 18 gauge. make sure it’s thick enough to stand out, but not too thick that you can’t put it through the buttons. You can get the wire at places like Hobby Lobby, Joanns, Michaels, etc.
  • Sand paper. Use a medium and fine paper.
  • Chisel
  • Paint brush, drop cloth (or a trash bag like I used, lol), hammer and hot glue.

 

HOW TO:

  •  1). Start buy cutting the 4×4 to the sizes I mentioned, or make them however tall and short you want! Then start sanding.. a lot. Taking a hammer to dent and scrape the wood really helps! Also use a chisel to cut in some deep creases. Sand the edges and inside the creases to smooth. The more your beat them up, the better! When you’re done taking your anger out on the 4×4′s.. use a tacky cloth or air compressor and blow off the wood.
  • 2). Set up your painting area. You can use a primer if you want, but I just did two coats of paint and it was fine! Here they are with the first coat drying:

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You may, or may not have the help of a furry friend.. (see under my table) LOL!

  • 3). While they are drying, paint the wood dowel ‘stems’ with brown. Again, use two coats. You’ll also want to make sure they are sanded and a little beat up to go with the look of the pumpkins :)
  • 4). While the stems are drying, make some leaves and add the wire to your buttons. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut my leaves. You could also hand cut some, too. Cut various sizes, fray they a bit and crinkle them up in your hand.

 

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5). For the wire, string pieces through your buttons and curl the ends. (Wrap them around a wooden spoon handle ,etc.)

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6). One the pumpkins and stems are done drying, sand edges and chiseled areas to remove some of the paint and create a distressed look. Then, adhere the stems with hot glue. A big glob will works just fine! Cut some long pieces of jute cord and wrap them 1-2 times around the base of the stem to hide any messy glue, then tie into a bow. Adhere the burlap leaves behind the bow, then adhere the button.

 

PUMPKIN SIGN:

  • Sheet of bass wood (found at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joanns, etc.)
  • Brown craft paint
  • Vinyl and die cutting machine OR use a good ‘ol stencil.
  • Fine sand paper
  • Poking tool (or any way to poke a small hole into the bass wood)
  • Wire (16 or 18 gauge dark brown)

HOW TO:

  • 1). Cut the bass wood to size. I cut mine to about 11″ wide. Here’s a photo from the bass wood so you know what size to look for:

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  • 2). Sand edges to create dents and distresing.
  • 3). Cut the word ‘pumpkins’ in vinyl (or use a stencil).
  • 4). Adhere vinyl to wood.

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5). Paint with dark brown (two coats) over the vinyl. Let dry, then peel off vinyl lettering.

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Awesome, right? Now sand all over the sign, especially on the edges!

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6). Next you will poke two small holes in the sign and run some wire through them, wrap around the pumpkins and you’re done! I did use some dabs of hot glue to hold the sign in place. :)

 

Yay! What do you think? Totally fun, right? I always get the feeling of ‘awesomeness’ when making my own decor and such. If you make some, I would LOVE to see them shared on my Facebook page!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!


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Cute tin Frankenstein pails! Plus a GIVEAWAY!

Hello, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was rather boring, just hung around the house, did a little shopping, etc. Nothing too exciting. Except for these.. yes, THESE cute little tin Frankenstein buckets made my weekend! I think they came out totally adorable! I came across these little buckets and picked them up thinking I could do ‘something’ with them.. then it clicked! They are the perfect ‘Frankenstein green’!

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Cute, cute, sooo stinkin’ cute!

I had a lot of fun making these! I just fired up the Sizziz eclips.. got my vinyl and ribbon out, and started gettin’ down in crafty town!…

Sounds so glamorous, right? ‘Gettin’ down in crafty town’ Ha! A quick project turned into an ordeal with a kid peeling up my vinyl to ‘help’.. GAH! Hellooooo you weirdos. You need yourself some transfer tape! lol. Then it was snacks.. then it was a spider.. then it was wanting to help cut ribbon.. which resulted in a spool of ribbon being completely unwound. Did I mention I love my kiddos?.. lol. It was mid-day on a weekend.. I was already asking for trouble there. And since I have been obsessed with using my new kitchen nook table, I sat out there. That was asking for even MORE trouble.

Note to self: No crafting on weekends ‘by myself’ with all three kiddos here and no hubby around to keep them entertained.

So, after 2.3 anxiety attacks, they were complete!

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I added beautimous bows to the ‘girl’ ones. I love the bows! I am not much of a bow maker… but TODAY.. Today the bow gods took me in their hands and guided me to bow-awesomeness!

*Says the expert bow maker reading my blog right now*… “Uh.. that bow looks like it came out of the dumpster after being teethed on by a drooly baby that just ate a jar of carrots”.

OK.. hey there, ‘expert bow maker’. Nobody asked you! Mmmkay?

 

 

Moving on…
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I added each kiddos name to the back of their pails.

For people with multiple spawns.. Er.. Children.. You know how it is. If it’s not ‘officially’ deemed ‘theirs’ by a name, being licked, etc. it will become a war at one point or another over who’s is who’s. What’s amazing is this doesn’t happen with the messes in their rooms. Nobody wants to claim that, do they?..

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I love the bucket stuffing I chose. It looks like messy monster hair! But for $5.00 for a small bag.. it’s borderline robbery. It’s friggin’ shredded plastic for cryin’ out loud! What’s this world coming to?

Obviously I like to be robbed.. as it came home with me anyways.

 

So, here’s some little deets on how I made it.

The junk:

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  • An electronic die cutter (Sizzix eclips)
  • Green tin buckets. You can spray paint any ‘ol boring tin pail, too!
  • Find yourself a monster face cutting file.. or find a way to make your own like I did.
  • Vinyl; black and white.. and some transfer tape.
  • A cage… to lock kids in so they don’t destroy your vinyl and un-roll your ribbons.
  • Ribbon to make bows.. or tie onto the handles.
  • Hot glue (for bows)
  • Basket stuffing.. that hopefully isn’t $5.00 a pack like mine was.
  • Buttons (I used some from Dooodlebug Designs last fall.

First you will need to find a monster face you like in a cutting file format. This was quite the task as there’s not really that many ‘cutesy’ Frankenstein faces out there in SVG file land (hello, SVG making peeps! We want cute monsters!) So, I remembered I had THESE cute cupcake graphics and with some little editing, I used one of the faces! I liked the girly face as well, but with the lashes being so long and lack of hair, it wouldn’t have looked so ‘Frankenstein’ish’

I loaded some vinyl into my Sizzix eclips and cut it! I LOVE that the preset ‘vinyl’ setting cuts the ‘perfect’ kiss cut! AKA:  It will cut just the vinyl and not through the backing. This makes transferring WAY easier) Make sure you change your blade setting on the machine, too!
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I like to use my Sizzix die pick to weed the vinyl. It comes in the Sizzix TOOL KIT for the eclips, which is a must have kit!

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Hello, perfectly cut vinyl pieces! Come to mama!!! I’m-ma ’bout to slap ya on a bucket! And you’re gonna like it!

Sorry.. getting a little strange for you now?…

 

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I cut my vinyl into pieces like this to layer and position easier. First I did the hair/scar, then smile, then the whites of the eyes, and last was the black parts of the eyes. You have to layer them like so:

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I did a darn good job! *back pats* I am usually not all that great at layering vinyl just right. There’s a science to it, I swear.. But these.. these came out perfect!

*Says the expert vinyl layering chick who’s currently reading this*…………

LOL! OK, I won’t go there again.. (And if you didn’t read this looong post all the way through you might not ‘get’ this.. so go be a good little blog visitor and read the post!…. or ignore me and just look at my cute bucket. Either way I am glad you’re here!)

And that’s it! Add your ribbons, tag, etc. to personalize it! A quick and easy project perfect for gift giving!

Likey? Pin it! I love seeing my stuff pop up on Pinterest!

 

GIVEAWAY!

Want one? Maybe you don’t want to bother making your own.. maybe you don’t have a way to cut vinyl.. maybe you just want something that I have breathed on and might contain a sample of my DNA?.. Well just leave a comment to enter to win! I will pick one winner on Friday, 9/7! You will get the choice of having a name and a bow added or not! These buckets are about 7″ wide (with handles) and 4″ tall. A great size for some Halloween treats!

See ya!


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