ic Kathe With an E: Simple Wooden Pumpkin Family

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Simple Wooden Pumpkin Family

I have seen this idea done by far craftier people all over blogland so I am not going to claim that the idea originated with me.  

Mr. B and I had done some fence repair last year and we had some post material left over.  Rather than send it off to the landfill, I decided to try my hand at making some wooden pumpkins with it.

I had Mr. B cut this piece into 3 different sizes for me.  I hope to someday get over it but, power tools scare the heck out of me.  Sure, I can use a sander but a skil saw?!  Ummm...I like all 10 of my fingers thankyouverymuch!

I then took out my craft paints and painted each one a bright orange.  I didn't care if it didn't cover completely as I wanted kind of rustic look. 

I searched around until found a long piece of bamboo out in the shed that I must have used at some point in the garden and cut it  with a hand saw (yes, all by myself!) and painted the pieces green for stems. Lastly, I tied a bunch of raffia around the stems for "hair".

The hardest part, for me, was making the faces.  I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination! Seriously, I can screw up a stick figure! But, armed with a black sharpie I did my best.  I figured I could paint over any mistakes (and I did, several times).

I think that they came out pretty cute!  I see Mr. B on the left, me in the center and Max, our Jack Russell, on the right. If you have been wondering what we look like, there you go :) The fun part is that I can have them with just the orange showing for Fall and turn them around to have the faces showing for Halloween!


  1. Oh I just love your fall decor! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

  2. Thank you for the tutorial on how to make these cute little pumpkins... You did a great job, and I think they would make a lovely gift as well. Might try some myself. ":o)

  3. Those are adorable. I think the faces turned out fantastic and I love the rafia around the stem. I do the same thing with some cloth pumpkins that I have - turn the faces to the wall until Hallowe'en so I can enjoy them as pumpkins for awhile.

  4. I love these! They are super cute! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Running with Glitter link party.

  5. These are adorable!! Such a great idea! You're definitely creative!! Happy Fall!

  6. OMG did those turn out soooo cute!!! Love the creativity and sometimes it's just jumping into a project pushes us out of our comfort zone.

  7. Thanks for rocking the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop with this awesome post. Hope you'll continually join us in the weekly party :)

  8. so cute!!!Would love for you to share at my link party "Creative Halloween Ideas"

  9. They are so cute! You are a girl after my own heart, never throw anything away! I would love for you to link up Thursday (actually it starts tonight) to It’s a Party!

  10. What a great idea. I am a new follower, please followe me back at lefthandedideas.com

  11. Ha!! So adorable, these are too cute!!

    I have just linked up with Laura's party!

    Art by Karena

  12. Your pumpkin art pieces are unique and wonderful. Great idea!

  13. your talents are amazing! thanks for sharing your wonderful decor wisdom! i am really new at this..thanks for the lovely pics!

  14. Love em even more at second sight.

    Thank you so very much for linking up to Fall In Love Wednesdays.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  15. What a super cute idea! I would love for you to share this with us at http://www.thesasselife.com/2011/09/link-party-5.html. I hope to see you there.
    Your newest follower,

  16. REally adorable. Their faces would make anyone feel welcome. I have got to learn how to use a saw so I can do more fun wood projects.

    I am having a giveaway of a Williams Sonoma Copper soup pot. Today is the last day, come visit.

  17. They are toooooooooooooo cute. Love them. Very clever!

  18. This is so lovely.. I love it.. I would LOVE for you to link it up to my fall crawl blog party.. I'm officially following ya with smiles - I found ya on linky..GREAT blog with Lots of inspirations here :)) - the link to link up is http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-12-blog-party.html

  19. Thanks for sharing this great craft idea. I'm visiting from Inspiration Friday. I hope you take a visit at my blog if you have time.

    I'm your latest follower.


  20. These pumpkins are super cute and I love "simple" crafts.

    I would love for you to share your post at my Freshmen Friday linky party for newer bloggers at:


  21. Adorable! These are seriously making me smile. I think the middle one is my favorite. :) I'd love for you to link them up to my pumpkin craft challenge, going on right now!


  22. How cute are your pumpkins! I just found your blog and am now your newest follower. Stop by and check me out sometime!


  23. What a cute pumpkin family! You are a thrifty girl for sure. I use to teach tole painting. I think your faces turned out great. Your little one will love them. Visiting from Fall Craft Challenge. Now a new follower.

  24. How creative you to create a whole pumpkin family using things on hand. You are a very clever gal and it's so nice to meet them...they are very attractive.

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

  25. Kathe, Your pumpkin family is adorable! Loved, loved, loved your Tuscan tablescape as well. The colors are rich and vibrant. Beautiful green stemware and beautiful plates. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The puppies are Australian Cattle Dog/terrier mix.
    Hugs, Beth

  26. I love these. I especially like that you can turn them around for a more formal look. Awesome.

  27. Love those. To cute.

  28. Those are so cute! Love the little faces you went with! :) Thanks for partying at Truly Lovely!!!

  29. Your trio of pumpkins turned out wonderfully, and I love that you upcycled a piece of wood that would have otherwise been destined for the landfill! The faces are absolutely charming!

    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!


  30. these are so cute! I love them! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  31. Very cute! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  32. Going to features these Kathe on Thursday afternoon at Bacon Time, thanks for sharing.

  33. Super cute idea, Kathe! Bet you could sell loads of those at a craft show. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  34. Love how it turned out! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Hope you’re joining us again this week!


  35. Kathe, this is a great project and your post makes me laugh! You're featured today at Freestyle Friday. The post will go up in a couple of hours, but I wanted to drop by and thank you for linking up!


  36. How cute. Don't sell yourself short when it comes to using a Skil saw. The blade is scary looking sharp but I bet you use big knives in the kitchen without chopping off all your fingers! I'm sure you can use a circular saw too. GO FOR IT!

  37. Darling. Thanks for linking it up to Fabulous Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

  38. I love your pumpkin so I featured it today! Check it out here. :)

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Have a great weekend!!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  39. Oh my goodness, Kathe! Those are wonderful!

    Power tools scare me, too. If hubby is around, I'll get him to do it, but I'll use a skill saw if I HAVE to. The table saw...that's a different story. He uses it w/o the guards, but I won't. Nuh uh, no way. I have iused it with the guards, but it (lterally) took hours to work up the courage! And, I was desperate to get whatever-it-was done.

    Anyway, love the pumpkins (did you put them on Pinterest? That's the easiest way for me to share them with my daughter)!!!

    P.S. I've seen MUCH worse photography on PorB!!!

  40. Even more things we have in common, power tools are scary! I have my own jigsaw and that I can use but the one time I used the table saw was one of the scariest moments of my life!
    I also can't draw to save my soul!
    I think you did a fantastic job on your pumpkins! The faces are great, I love that they are at an angle. This has been on my to do list for years but just can't get the nerve to make them..
    Way to go Sensei!

  41. That looks like something my kids would love to do!! Thank you!


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