Tree Branch Mini Pumpkins

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As you may have read from my Scrap Wood Candy Corn post, I tend to hoard scrap wood from prior projects in my garage.  Since I recently started giving my garage a makeover, the many, many boxes of scrap wood have been getting in my way.  So I started picking out the pieces that were in pretty good shape and tossing the rest.

A few months ago, I was working on some projects that involved tree branches.  I was collecting branches from my backyard and cutting them into small pieces that I could use for various reasons.  So when I came across a box full of tree branch scraps during my garage cleanup, I decided to brainstorm some ideas for the pieces that would add to my Fall decor.  That’s how I got the idea of making mini pumpkins.

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I fished out a few pieces that were oval-shaped and could stand up on their own without rolling.  I took them down to my basement craft studio and got to work.  I chose an orange acrylic paint and painted a few layers on the surface of the wood.  I didn’t even fill in the whole face.  I left an outline.  Don’t ask me why.  I just did.

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Once the face of the branches were painted, I decided they needed stems.  I had some craft twigs leftover from another project.  I cut them down into little pieces.  Twigs from the yard would work just as well.

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I used some very thin green ribbon I had to tie bows to the bottom of the twig pieces to give them a little bit of color.  Then I used my hot glue gun to secure the twigs to the tops of the branch pieces.

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Once my mini pumpkins were complete, I added them to the rest of my Fall decor that I just pulled out of storage.

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Mason jars are a must-have when decorating for fall

I think they complement the other items pretty well.  Another easy, free project to help decorate for the new season.  Check out how they look as a part of the full display.

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You can also check out my posts for the Scrap Wood Candy Corn and the It’s Pumpkin Season sign.

 Enjoy!

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