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 wood blank pumpkin
- Monogram letter
- Green raffia
- White and orange paint
- Stain or brown paint
- Wax (optional)
- Glue (E6000 or hot glue)
- Paint brush
So 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.
Next I painted the main part of the pumpkin with orange paint.
While 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.
While 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.
And 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).
And your final product should look like this…
While it would look totally fine without the wax shading,
I’m loving the final effect.
This 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!