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!