Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pallet Pumpkins


When I did my "Hello Sunshine" pallet sign I mentioned that I was done with pallet projects.  Well, since we still have a few pallets laying around the house, I just couldn't resist another project.

Fall is just around the corner and that means it's almost time for all the fall festivals and activities.  Some of my fondest memories with my kids are playing in the leaves and going to the local pumpkin patch for a hay ride and pumpkin picking.  With pumpkins on my mind and pallets in the yard I decided to combine the two and make pallet pumpkins. 


I started by cutting the boards apart with a circular saw. Once I had the boards cut from the pallet I started cutting them into smaller pieces.   I wanted the pumpkins to look rustic, so I didn't worry about my lines being straight or measuring.   Plus, it was about to downpour and I had about 2 minutes before the rain was about ruin my project.  There was no time for perfection. 
I layered the wood until it formed a shape that resembled a pumpkin.  Once I was happy with the shape I glued each piece together with wood glue, tightened them with clamps then let them dry overnight.
I know pumpkins are orange, but orange pumpkins would stick out like a sore thumb in my house.  I decided to do a white wash technique by mixing gray paint with water.   I applied the paint to each pumpkin then wiped off the access paint with a paper towel.  

I let the pumpkins dry overnight and the next day worked on the stem.  My original plan was to use wood pieces that I had in my craft stash, but my husband thought that was a horrible idea and told me to use tree branches.  Of course it was pouring outside, so I grabbed my rain boots, rain jacket and his golf umbrella and went down to the woods in search of a broken tree branch.  I have to agree though, his idea was better than mine and the branches looked much more realistic.



Out of all my pallet projects, this one is definitely my favorite.  I ended up making 5 of them (yes mom, you can have one!) and would love to offer one as a giveaway if there is enough interest.

72 comments:

  1. LOVE these! SO creative Katie! And I'm definitely in for a giveaway!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristi! I think I'm definitely giving one away next week!

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  2. What a creative idea. They are adorable.
    Bev

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  3. Cute!! I haven't seen this pumpkin version yet... can't believe it's almost fall.

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  4. Thanks girls! Fall is just around the corner, before we know it we'll be changing the clocks! I love Fall, but HATE the time change.

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  5. Thanks are adorable! Such a great idea ;)
    Hugs, Jamie

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    1. Thanks Jamie! I appreciate you stopping bye :)

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  6. Oh my word, seriously adorable! Pinning and would love to have you link up with us at the DIY'ers! http://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/the-diyers-14/

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  7. Thanks so much Ashley! I'm all linked up!

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  8. These are so adorable and clever, Katie!! Never in a million years would I have come up with that. I hope you do a contest because I will be the first to enter!!

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    1. Aww, Thanks Bre! I think I'm going to do a giveaway next week!

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  9. Darling! And such a great way to use up some of those extra pieces of board that get left lying around. Coming to you from Sweet Haute. If you're looking for new link parties, I'd love to have you over at Gingerly Made. There's a party going on right now.

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    1. Thanks so much Ginger! I'm always looking for new link parties and would love to link up! Thanks for the invite. Have a great weekend!

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    2. Just wanted to drop by and let you know that you are being featured this week at the Gingerly Made Show & Tell party. The party is already live. I hope to see you there this week!

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  10. What a unique idea! It is so hard for all of us to come up with new and unique projects. I always enjoy seeing something created that I haven't seen before. These pumpkins can be made to fit into just about any decorating style.

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    1. I agree, it's so hard to come up with unique projects. I'm so glad you liked the pumpkins! Thanks so much for stopping by, Jamie!

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  11. These are super cute, Katie!! I really like the simple branch top as well. I'm loving the rustic fall feel to them! Pinning. :) Visiting today from Thursday Style link party :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Amanda and pinning!

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  12. These are so cute!!! Great job!!! Don't you love how rain makes you work faster, lol. I have some pallets outside that I think want to be pumpkins now :)

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    1. Thanks Tracy! You should totally make a few pumpkins! They are super easy and so cute for Fall!

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  13. These are so cute. Started following you on bloglovin when I saw your dollar store bins and then I found this. Would you link up one or both of these projects to Friday Favorites going on now!!! laura

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    1. Thanks Laura! I just linked up both projects! Thanks so much for following along and I look forward to linking up weekly to your party! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Love this idea! I'd really like to pin these to our talent board for a party I cohost DIY Sunday Showcase. It starts today at 5pm.

    Shelly@ minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Shelly! I'll be sure to check out the party! Have a great weekend!

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  15. I love these Katie :) And would totally love to win! :) I think it would look adorable on our new mantle! Great project!!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Thanks Kendra! I'll be doing a giveaway next week!

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  16. These are great! I love fall/Halloween projects that aren't blaring orange and black. And great choice for the steps (props to your husband!). Thanks for linking up to Best of the Nest!

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    1. Thanks so much Kris! As much as I hate to say it, my husband was right, LOL! Thanks for hosting such a great link party.

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  17. Well' aren't those cute! I thought I had seen every pallet project possible but you proved me wrong! I'm pinning to my what to do with a pallet board! http://www.pinterest.com/vintagecottage/what-to-do-with-a-pallet/

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania! You have some neat projects pinned to your "what to do with a pallet" board, I just started following! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  18. LOVE these! Super cute



    Sarah @ EDEA Smith
    www.edea-smith.co.uk

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    1. Thank you SO much, Sarah! I'll be offering one away next week as a giveaway, so be sure to stop back!

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  19. These are SO cute and such a good idea!!

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  20. So cute and I love that they are white, goes with everything!!!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! White is definitely the way to go! I'll be offering a giveaway for one of the pallet pumpkins, so be sure to check back tomorrow for a chance to win!

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  21. Great idea! I have a pallet that we cant really tear apart because of the nails but I could make these out of it by cutting it apart! Love the white wash technique!
    -Kristina @ Myownhomeblog.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kristina! This would be a perfect project for your pallet. I would love to know if you end up making one!

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  22. These stacked wood pumpkins are on my to do list and I just hope mine turn out half as good as yours, they look awesome! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

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    1. Thanks Katie, I'm sure yours will turn out great! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  23. Hi Katie- Big surprise- these are a Friday Favorites feature at I'm Not a Trophy Wife! Thanks for linking up and hope you link up again this week! Thanks Katie!!! laura

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    1. Wow, how exciting! Thank you so much for the feature!

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  24. Hi Katie - I just love these pumpkins! Visiting from i heart naptime and pinning - thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Cindy! Have a great weekend!

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  25. I'd love to have one ! In love :) thanks for sharing !

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    1. Thanks Shelly! Don't forget to enter the pallet pumpkin giveaway going on now!

      http://littlehouseoffour.blogspot.com/2014/09/giveaway-pallet-pumpkin.html

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  26. Very creative idea!!! Going to make some!!

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    1. Thanks Kris! I hope you make some, they are super easy.

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  27. Visiting from TT&J link up.

    Love this idea, such a different fun take on the wooden pumpkins. Cute modern look.

    :)Liberti
    www.loaly.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment! Enjoy your Sunday :)

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  28. Katie, I just love these pumpkins! Very creative and cute! Thanks for sharing at Pin Worthy Wednesday!

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  29. Wow, that's super cute. I love pallets (especially when I find them outback of Home Depot just waiting for me - he he he). Thanks for sharing at Get Your DIY On!

    Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Luckily, we've had pallets of materials delivered for our addition so I haven't had to sneak around to pick them up! Ha! I can only imagine you darting out of your car trying to get them as fast as you can without anyone noticing, LOL!

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  30. Just gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board

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    1. Thanks so much Keitha! I really appreciate the Pin!

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  31. These are darling! I love it! Pinning and thanking!

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  32. So clever! I think the white wash was perfect. Thanks for linking up to the Outside [The Box] link party!

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    1. Thanks Elisha! The white wash was definitely a better idea then just painting them.

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  33. Oh, my goodness! These are fabulous! What a great way to use up those pallets! I'd love it if you would share these at my Creative Ways Link Party. A new one goes live every Wednesday at 8pm central. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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