Pallet Wood Pumpkin

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That’s right… more pallet projects!  I know, I know.  It’s a little overkill.  But they are just so easy!  I can’t help it.  Once I start, it’s hard to stop.

Today’s post is my easy pallet wood pumpkin.  The perfect piece to complete your fall lineup.  There’s not much to say other than I needed a little rustic to go with my more modern look.  So wooden fruit it is!  Side Note: Can you believe I actually had to Google “Is a pumpkin and fruit or a vegetable?”.  I was almost positive it was a fruit, but I don’t actually think I have ever referred to it as such before today.

So let’s get right to it.  I started with a pallet (obvi).

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I used my easy method that I created a tutorial for here to dismantle said pallet.

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Once I had my planks cut, I drew out my pumpkin on a sheet of sketch paper.  It took a few tries to get the size I wanted.

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Once I got the dimensions right, I cut my shape out and placed it on my lined up planks.

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Then I traced the outline onto the wood and used my miter saw to cut each piece along the lines.

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Once I had my shape, I flipped the planks over and measured out some thin wood pieces to attach to the back.  I used my impact driver to screw them on to each plank in two places.

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I flipped my wooden pumpkin over and sanded the edges a little until they looked even.

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I wanted to give the piece a little color, but I didn’t want to cover it in a thick layer of paint.  I wanted the wood to show through.  So I decided to dilute some orange paint to make it thinner.  I started with a paint sample I found on the discount shelf at Lowes.

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I poured a small amount of paint into the bottom of a plastic bowl.  Not even enough the cover the bottom.

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Then I added some water to the bowl.  The ratio was approximately 1:3, paint to water.

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I mixed the water and paint really well and used that to paint the wood.  It gave the piece a nice color, but still showed all the wood imperfections.

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I covered the front and edges of the pumpkin.  I didn’t bother to paint the back.  No need.

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While the paint dried, I went in search of a branch to use for the stem.  I just picked something up from our backyard and cut it into a few pieces.

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I used a saw to cut right down the center of the branch.  Then I cut the front piece off with a few angles.

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It took a little bit of trial and error to get it right.  I wanted the notches to fit right on the front and leave a piece on the back that I could use to secure the pieces together.

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Once my branch fit onto the top of the pumpkin the way I wanted, I drilled a screw through the back of it to secure it.

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All done!  So easy.  I added it to my other fall decor.

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Perfect!  It looks great with my new vase from Home Goods, my DIY wine cork pumpkin, and my dollar store glass wrapped in twine that I placed on the cute little owl candle holder I found at Goodwill.  Fall rocks!

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