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It’s time for another #DIHWorkshop project? This months is focused on fall and I couldn’t be more excited! Plus, I asked four of my blog buddies to join the fun, so you’ll be getting all kinds of fabulous inspiration! How about we build this Rustic Pumpkin with Mason Jars?
2 – 1×4 common boards
1 – 1 x 2 x 4 feet long
Circular Saw (or miter saw)
Let’s do this…
STEP ONE: Cut all your boards.
Cut four 18″ long pieces of wood from the 1 x 4 and two 20″ long pieces from the 1 x 2. I used a scrap piece of wood from other projects; however, cut one 8″ long piece from your 1×2 as well if you don’t have scrap wood on hand. So, you’re making SEVEN cuts total.
*Note that you can use any size wood and cut your pieces to any length, there is a great deal of flexibility with this project.
STEP TWO: Attaching boards for Pumpkin.
Lay the four 18″ pieces on your work surface (for me, that it my garage floor). The overall width is approximately 14″. Place 13″ long 1x2s on top, with about 1-1/2″ gap on either end. Use wood glue and staple gun to secure the 1x2s to the four pieces that will create the body of your pumpkin.
Flip your project over and add additional staples for extra security.
STEP THREE: Sketch your Pumpkin.
Sketch your a pumpkin shape on the front of your boards. Avoid drawing where your supports are. Have fun with the shape and remember that pumpkins aren’t usually perfect in form — so make it as fun and unique as possible. For mine, I went for the tall and slender.
STEP FOUR: Cut your Pumpkin Shape and Sand.
Use jigs saw or tool of preference to cut out your full pumpkin shape. I used my Dremel Moto Saw, it worked perfectly. I also cut my stem so it wasn’t so square (see image #5).
Once my pumpkin shape and stem were cut out, I sanded any rough edges with my sander.
STEP FIVE: Attach Stem.
Place stem in center of pumpkin and attach with glue and staple gun.
STEP SIX and SEVEN: Stain and Paint.
I decided to start by staining my pumpkin with Minwax Provinicial Stain. I let that dry overnight, then applied a couple coats of white paint. The final touch was sanding it a bit using a sanding block so the stain would peek through.
STEP EIGHT: Attach Mason Jars.
I decided on three mason jars and attached them using hose clamps. Most people attach the hose clamps to their surfaces by drilling through the metal. I’m not sure why, but I happened to have THREE fence nails that worked perfectly. Random, I know….
That’s it — now you can add fresh flowers, use for silverware while doing some holiday entertaining, etc.
And… wait for it... there’s more!!
Check out these Rustic Pumpkin Stands too.
So much inspiration, right? What do you say? Ready to attend September DIH Workshop and make your very own Rustic Pumpkin Stand? The Home Depot’s Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate-led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. The workshops are also for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels! Materials can be purchased to make your own project too. For more information, contact your local Home Depot store.
Register today and don’t forget that I’ll be in Waukesha, Wisconsin (Store #4918)!