Earlier this month I attended this amazing Reclaimed Wood Fall Pumpkin Workshop at a local business. I am not a very crafty person and I don’t do much DIY. I would love to do more, but I pretty much lack that talent. It does not come natural or easy for me at all. When I saw the class come across my Facebook newsfeed I felt a little bit interested. I’m a sucker if it has anything to do with the holidays. Then, ironically, my friend messaged asking if I wanted to attend this class together. This sealed the deal. It was meant to be. So I contacted the shop and signed up for the Reclaimed Wood Fall Pumpkin Project.
How I Made A Reclaimed Wood Fall Pumpkin
Upon arrival, we were instructed to select our preassembled pumpkin. All were similar in size and shape but varied by woods and colors. I selected this guy. I was drawn to the large piece of wood in the center and most fond of the thin bamboo tiki-looking piece on the right side.
Here’s a photo of the backside to show how the piece was constructed:
Then they set us loose on the supplies table to select materials to complete our project. I must say I was slightly intimidated by all the possibilities. There was craft papers, foils, napkins, ribbons, stencils, wax, Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and more. So much to look at! My mind did not have any immediate vision for my pumpkin and really thought that I may have made a mistake signing up for this Reclaimed Wood Fall Pumpkin project. Luckily there was food and drink available. I took a moment to eat some lasagna soup and enjoy a glass of caramel apple sangria. Yum!
With a full tummy and a little sangria, I was ready to roll. I went back to the drawing board with slightly improved focus. I selected a fall paper with leaves and a fall themed napkin. Yes, you read that right, a napkin! I thought this was crazy and wondered how the heck this was going to work, but they knew what they were doing and it was one of the options so I went with it.
As I stared blankly at my pumpkin, one of the class assistants approached to discuss what I was going to do. I shared my basic thoughts with her and together we set my direction then I went to work. Selecting my colors was the easiest part. I like burgundy and champagne/pale yellow tones. So those colors coupled with an off-white were the paints of choice for me.
I painted the piece on the left prior to applying the napkin. Then cut the napkin to shape, set it on top of the paint, and covered it with a coat of Mod Podge.
I really liked the raw wood of the next piece. So at the suggestion of the master craft woman and owner of the shop, I applied wax over it. Wow, the wax provides a really neat effect! Then I added a barely visible vertical stencil that says “blessed”.
The board in the center is the focal point and I wanted that to be painted my favorite burgundy.
The next board was painted and dried, then coated with adhesive, and swiped with gold foil. Again, a totally cool effect! I had never used foil in this way.
The skinny bamboo wood was what initially caught my eye. I liked it just the way it was so I didn’t do anything to it.
Next to that piece I applied the fall leaf paper and Mod Podge coated over the top of it.
The last piece to the far right was almost white. By great suggestion from my friend, I swiped black wax over it. This made it blend better with the rest of the pumpkin.
To finish the look of my reclaimed wood fall pumpkin I sanded the edges, everywhere. This was key to give it the aged distressed look. I also sanded some areas of the skinny bamboo looking piece. Then I applied a generous coat of wax over the entire pumpkin. Glued some metal roses on the sheet of fall paper and topped the pumpkin with a bow and leaves.
This class was super fun and I learned a lot of crafty techniques. I haven’t worked with Mod Podge since I was a kid. The foil technique and wax were all new to me. One lesson and a bit of advice…do not apply wax to a surface you plan to stencil. My stencil wouldn’t stay in place for the painting application. To correct this I sanded the wax a bit and applied a light coat of Mod Podge over the stencil to lessen the paint running then carefully removed the stencil.
In the end, I was proud of my reclaimed wood fall pumpkin. I like it more every day! My family likes it too.
By the way, if you are ever in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Eclectic Avenue is a must stop shop. Or visit them online. They specialize in hand-crafted and re-purposed furniture, lighting, and home décor. This place is amazing!