So my friend Jena was surfing Pinterest one day and discovered all these super fun crafts made out of 2x4s. They were so adorable, and seemed really simple, that we decided to try a few. Now, she made her set of pumpkins first, so I have stolen a few of her tips to pass on to all of you. Also, here is the original blog post where we got all of our directions.
What you will need:
- 2×4 cut into 3.5″, 6″, and 8.5″ blocks.
- orange and brown craft paint
- paint brushes
- jewelry wire
- raffia or ribbon
- pieces of a branch to make “stems”
- wood glue or hot glue gun
- paper towels
Our hubbies were nice enough to do all the cutting for us Now, you do have the option before proceeding to drill a hole in the top for your stems, but I ended up feeling like this was an unnecessary step (more on that later).
Before painting, we took our blocks outside to rough them up a bit. This actually seemed to work a lot better than a sander or sanding paper. We just used the concrete in the driveway to rough up all of the corners and edges. Just enough to give them a slightly softened look.
Next comes paint. I tend to like my colors to be a bit darker, so I chose a more burnt orange for my pumpkins. Jena preferred a happier, brighter orange.
After the coat of paint, you want to sand the blocks a bit, especially at the edges and corners, but also the face of the blocks. Just remember that anywhere you sand and can see natural wood, is going to soak up the brown wash in the next step.
Brown-washing something is pretty easy really. In a cup, mix a nice sized blob of paint and a little bit of water. The more water you have, the less potent your brown wash, and vice versa. Just paint the wash onto your blocks and give them a minute or so to soak in. The longer you let it soak, the darker they will be. After letting them soak for a minute, go ahead and wipe all the excess off with a paper towel or rag. Again, I prefer mine a bit darker, so I ended up doing a second coat because I wanted them darker still.
Next come the stems. If you drilled a hole in the top, use the wood glue to put down in the hole and then stuff with your stem. If not, just hot glue the stem on the top.
Side note: I ended up liking these so much, and they were so easy to make, that a few girls and I made 8 sets for our MOPS Harvest Brunch to be table centerpieces and door prizes. During our mass assembly, we had some with holes drilled, and some without. We ended up deciding that without was easier and saved us the step of drilling the holes, having to whittle down then end of the stem to fit, and then gluing them. We felt they were just as secure when using a hot glue gun and it was much quicker.
The jewelry wire part is super easy, but slightly time consuming (if you are making 8 sets, that is…) I wrapped the wire around the stem first, and then used a pen to curly cue the wire ends. You just wrap it around the pen, and then pull the pen out through your curls. It is easy to adjust how tight the curls look, just wrap it closer together on the pen for a tighter look.
The final step is just tying the raffia/ribbon to the stem. The original post had both, but I felt it looked simpler and less cluttered with just raffia. I used some left-over green raffia from my “Boo” sign to achieve the same green stem effect. I just love how they turned out!!
Price breakdown: $2 for wood, $2 for jewelry wire, and $2 for sand paper. Add about $10 if you don’t already have craft paint, and raffia.
Have you made any fall crafts lately?