I love nothing better than to create something new that would have otherwise ended up in the trash. And that is truly the case with my reclaimed wood pumpkins.
Truth be told, I am quite the sentimental girl. All of the wood we used was salvaged from my Grandfather’s house, that he built by hand, piece by piece. It had to be torn down 2 years ago AND I SALVAGED WHAT I COULD. This project seemed like a perfect way to actually use the wood and get it out of storage.
New York City stylist Marissa Corwin put a cheeky spin on the very word jack-o’-lantern with her three glowing silhouettes of old-school lamps. “They’re a bit more sophisticated than your average spooky face — something adults can appreciate, too,” she says.
HOW-TO 1. Cut your pumpkin around the stem, remove the top, and scoop out the pulp. (Or to avoid visible cut lines, carve a hole out of the bottom of the pumpkin and remove the pulp that way.)
2. Print the desired lantern template and resize it on a copier, scaling the image to fit your pumpkin.
3. Cut out the stencil as directed on the template and center it on the pumpkin, affixing it with masking tape. Outline the shape of the stencil onto the pumpkin with a fine-point Sharpie.
4. With the stencil still affixed to the pumpkin, use an awl ($3.39; createforless.com) to punch through the asterisks marked at the top of the lantern.
5. Remove the stencil and carve out the pane(s) of the lantern, following the lines you drew.
6. Then carefully fill in the design using a fine-tip brush and black flat acrylic craft paint ($1.39 for two oz.; createforless.com), and let dry.
7. Light the pumpkin with a two- by three-inch battery-operated votive candle ($3.95; epartyunlimited.com). If you’ve removed the pumpkin’s top, fit it back into place.
It’s time to get ready for Fall and that means all things pumpkin, right? I love how these wood slices look as pumpkins and will look great in your home this season. Let’s break down the DIY.
Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year because of the color palettes and rustic projects you can create. There are just so many beautiful additions you can make to your home during the season, it really is never-ending.
While adding some pins to my Pinterest boards, I came across this cute and unique project perfect for any fall setting. Though there are many mason jar projects out there to choose from, this one caught my eye because it utilized the lids instead of the common glass jar.
Using items you can find at your local craft store, take the time this weekend to add a little DIY to your home and be sure to share what you’ve created on my Facebook page.
Get the full project details from Pen n’ Paper Flowers.