DIY Fall Pumpkin Monogram

Sometimes I see one of those blank die-cut pieces of wood at the craft store… you know, the ones around the holidays, like a snowman or a heart or a shamrock… and I know instantly know what to do with it. That was this project.

I spotted a blank wood pumpkin on sale for $5 and knew I wanted to create a monogram sign for our front door. And here’s what I came up with…

fall monogram pumpkinSUPPLIES:

  • Fall wood blank pumpkin
  • Monogram letter
  • Green raffia
  • White and orange paint
  • Stain or brown paint
  • Wax (optional)
  • Glue (E6000 or hot glue)
  • Wire
  • Paint brush

fall monogram pumpkin suppliesSo I started by making the pumpkin stem brown. I didn’t have brown paint so I just used a bit of stain instead. Actually, after I stained the stem I thought the entire pumpkin would look cool stained, but that’s another project for another day.

fall pumpkin monogram DIYNext I painted the main part of the pumpkin with orange paint.

monogram fall pumpkin DIYWhile the plain orange paint looked just fine, I decided to take it up a notch and use some dark and clear wax. I started at the top near the stem and brushed the wax around the sides towards the bottom, basically following the outline of the pumpkin.

DIY fall pumpkin monogramWhile that dried, I painted the H letter in white and again used dark and clear wax to give it an antiqued look. Then I used E6000 glue to adhere the H letter to the pumpkin.

fall DIY monogram pumpkinAnd finally it was time to add a little “bow” near the stem using raffia. I just cinched the center with some green wire to make it look more like a bow and glued it to the pumpkin (use E6000 or hot glue).

fall DIY monogram pumpkinAnd your final product should look like this…

fall monogram pumpkinWhile it would look totally fine without the wax shading,
I’m loving the final effect.

autumn pumpkin monogram

fall pumpkin DIY monogram

DIY fall pumpkin craftThis is a pretty cheap project if you have the paints on hand. The pumpkin was $5 on sale, and the letter was $1.25 on sale. Raffia was $4 at full price but I have plenty leftover for future projects. So under $10 for my new door monogram is a big deal in my book!

DIY pumpkin monogram

 

Fall Burlap & Pumpkin Wreath

My sister is moving into her new home this week and I thought it would be nice to make her a housewarming gift. The one thing she requested was a Fall wreath… something to last from September to November she said. Yep, that I can do!

DIY fall burlap wreath

SUPPLIES:

  • straw wreath (still in plastic)
  • greenery pins
  • burlap (on clearance from Michael’s at 70% off)
  • (2) boxes of Fall foliage from Hobby Lobby (50% off)
  • large sunflower
  • floral wooden picks

fall burlap wreath suppliesDIRECTIONS:
The first thing I did was wrap the wreath form in the burlap. I just pinned it into place using greenery pins.

fall burlap wreath ideasHere’s what it should look like after the wrapping…

burlap fall wreath tutorialNext I added the burlap ruffles. Just loop and pin into place. You really can’t mess this part up. And if one part doesn’t look right in the end, just unpin that area and start over again.

fall burlap ruffle wreathTo add the Fall foliage (pumpkins, leaves, gourds, berries), I used some floral wooden picks. This worked perfectly since the Fall foliage are made out of styrofoam. I just stuck one end of the wooden pick into the foam décor item, and one end into the plastic wrapped straw wreath form. Might take a minute to get it through the burlap, but then it should slide right into the wreath form.

fall pumpkin burlap wreathI spaced my Fall foliage around the wreath form first before I began adhering them with the wooden picks. It just helped me space everything out. Also, for the orange leaves, I just used greenery pins.

And soon it will look like this…

DIY fall burlap wreathI have to admit, I’m kinda sad that I have to part with this wreath.
I’m kinda in love with it.

fall burlap wreath

fall burlap wreath DIY

fall burlap DIY wreathI have some more Fall projects coming up this week. Crazy that’s it already time to start thinking about it, but my kid starts school next week and the cooler weather will be here before we know it!

DIY fall burlap wreath tutorial