Fence Board Pumpkins

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 Fence Board Pumpkins #fall

Just last week I shared with you my humble home all decked out for fall.

All Things Home Fall Tour with Marty's Musings

Fall is everywhere in my home, but one of my favorite places is the way we greet friends and family with a good ol’ southern welcome!

Fence Board Pumpkins #fall 

Here’s my DIY hubby to give you all the details on our fun fence board pumpkins.

From Tim: You loyal readers of MM’s will know that I will make just about anything out of re-purposed fence boards!  It is a completely free resource if you just keep your eyes open while driving around.  Folks are always more than willing to let a pile of wood disappear from the yard.  

One thing I have noticed is that it is important to stage the wood in various degrees of readiness.  Some of mine is an actual fence in our backyard, but it’s just leaning on another wire fence – that’s in the weathering stage.  Another stack has been de-constructed and the nails have been removed – this is the almost ready stage.  The last pile is inside the workshop, dry and ready to go.

 You’ll notice that the wood is pretty green looking in the picture below.  That’s not new wood, it has just weathered that way.  Sometimes I’ll pressure wash or even sand the raw slats, depending on how the wood will be finished.  For this pumpkin project, a light over-spray with spray paint was coming so the green tint was not an issue.

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The real appeal of this material is its raw, naked beauty.  To take advantage of that, I typically let the project take on an intentionally distressed, imperfect feel.  

For these pumpkins, I chose not to use a perfectly symmetrical pattern traced on the wood and then cut out.  I first determined the length for the widest middle piece, then backed off each direction roughly two inches with each slat.  The ends were cut with a chop saw and then rounded with a jig saw.  

For extra distressing, I used a grinder with a 60-grit wheel (which is like gravel glued to sandpaper) and roughed-up all the edges.  This also helped grab the orange paint a bit better.  Since these were going in a flower bed, the vertical center stake was the anchor point and also the stem of the pumpkin, with a point on the other end to penetrate soil.

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This was a super-fast, super-simple project.  To finish it off I taped off each end of the center stake (props to my Frog Tape friends!) and over-sprayed with the Valspar orange gloss spray paint.  Two coats here, just to enhance the color.

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 Same for the larger pumpkin.  I love how the wood takes the color but also retains the imperfections in the grain.

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 Here’s a similar paint that would work just as well.

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Remove the tape and my work here is done!  My bride will put on her finishing touches, but these are pretty cute and incredibly easy!

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Marty here: I loved the pumpkins Tim made, but I just had to add my own twist to it.

I hauled out my trusty Cricut diecutting machine and went to work. I chose the Lyrical Letters font for this project.

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 You can see the details of the exact process on how I use my vinyl letters on fence board on this post or see how I made a family gallery wall with vinyl lettering here. 

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 A good vinyl and transfer paper are necessary (this is my favorite vinyl and transfer paper).

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Here’s the pumpkin without the greeting.

 Fence Board Pumpkins #fall

And here it is so much more welcoming and happy!

Fence Board Pumpkins #fall

There you have it! 

What’s your favorite part of fall?

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Comments

  1. kirby carespodi says:

    Love it! We just took down our picket fence (okay–my neighbors told us to take it down…they were willing to pay for a completely new fence, so it was okay), and I am salivating over the wood. Not sure what I’m going to do yet, but it will be interesting!

    • Hey, Kirby. Late to comment but didn’t want you to think I missed you! I’d love to know what you do with the picket fence! Projects abound, limited only by time and energy! Good luck!

  2. These are so cute! You make the coolest rustic stuff… that sink is so cool too!

    • Hey, Donna. Wow. Such a compliment from the queen of rustic junk! My husband is quite handy and I can find him enough projects to keep him busy! The sink in the bathroom and his fence board shelves are the best! But I love my pumpkins. Happy Fall Y’all!

  3. These make me smile!
    Kelly

    • Thanks, Kelly! They make me smile, too. But now everyone can see them because we just had two trees taken down in the front yard and removed all the plants for a deck to come soon. Well, hopefully soon. If I can get a sponsor or two :)

  4. You don’t really tell us how tall or how wide you made this.. it is awesome though I guess we can figure it out… we are going to use new wood because it is hard to find used fence pieces and/or used pallets. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Carrie Alexander-Quinn says:

    Hey, I just came across this, and love the fence pumpkins. When i try the link for Tim’s directions I cant seem to find it. Any ideas where i could find where else on the site i could find it. I may just be BLOG dumb…

  6. Hi, Marty! I just found this on Pinterest and thought it would be a great project to do for Fall! Can you tell me how big it is? The dimensions? Please and thank you!
    Looks super cute, by the way!

    • Hi, Felisha. Here’s what I just told another reader: I don’t have the actual dimensions since the pumpkin is still in storage :( It’s really up to you what size you want to make it. Here’s what my husband says in the post: “I first determined the length for the widest middle piece, then backed off each direction roughly two inches with each slat.” I hope that helps!

  7. i would love to know the demensions on this! Wanting to make it as soon as possible!! Thank you! So cute!!

    • Hi, Ashlea. I don’t have the actual dimensions since the pumpkin is still in storage :( It’s really up to you what size you want to make it. Here’s what my husband says in the post: “I first determined the length for the widest middle piece, then backed off each direction roughly two inches with each slat.” I hope that helps!

  8. what font did you use for this

  9. What nails did you use for pumpkin?

  10. What a creative and fun idea! I love this! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday!
    xoxo
    Lisa

  11. Super cute and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – hope to see you again next week!

  12. This is such an adorable pumpkin project! :) Thank you for linking up at “A Little Bird Told Me” Wednesday link party. You have been featured on Mama’s Happy Hive blog! :)

  13. Thank you for linking up with the OMHG WW! Please link up with us again this week and share your great posts! xx

  14. These are so cute and simple to make! Love it!

  15. Just a friendly note to let you know that this project was featured today on my post of 20 Pumpkin Crafts! Hope you’ll come by and check out the amazing Halloween inspiration!

    http://www.thejohnsonsplusdog.com/2015/10/13/fall-favorites-20-pumpkin-crafts/

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