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

 

Monogram Wall Art

monogram wall decorI’m finishing up some last minute projects for my big Kitchen reveal on Monday and I needed something for a blank wall right when you enter from our Great Room.

I thought a monogram would be a nice touch, and the final product only cost me about $7 for new supplies. Come take a look…

I gathered my supplies:

  • Scroll frame ($4 from Michaels, used 40% off coupon)
  • Large H monogram letter ($3 from Michaels)
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • 1 piece scrapbook paper (25¢)
  • Paint
  • Dark Wax

I first gave the scroll frame a coat of Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can really use any acrylic paint; this is just what I had on hand.

When the paint dried, I gave it a quick coat of dark wax to age it a bit.

Ain’t the final effect purdy? I love dark wax in the crevices of wood.

Next it was time to work on the actual monogram. I traced out the monogram letter on scrapbook paper and cut it out.

Use a little Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the letter and you’re ready to hang. I put up the pieces separate with the H floating inside the frame. Perfect little craft for my kitchen that cost me less than $7 of new supplies. Gotta love that.

mongram wall art

I wish I could show you some better photos of this,
but I don’t want you to see the rest of my kitchen quite yet. Stay tuned!