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Reclaimed Wood Pallet Porch Pumpkins

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10632798_10202803673321521_8757737877177655788_n^well that’s a mouth full! It’s October, and if you weren’t already sick of seeing pumpkins, here is a great tutorial on some fun pumpkin porch decorations. Step one is to comb your local town for discarded wood pallets. Living in Charleston, I find these all over the place. If you live in a place where they are less common to come by, check out craigslist or ask you local chain stores if they’ll lend you some. The type, size, length of wood really doesn’t matter. Just rip apart your wood pallets and try to keep as many boards intact as you can (you may have to recruit some strong man friends for this). I got a good number of the 1×6 boards, cut them all to the same length, and lined them up in a row, about 3 ft wide, 2ft high. The size of your wood square will determine the size of your pumpkins. I took a small thin strip of wood and laid this horizontal across the row of boards. Screw this strip of wood into each board, to secure them into your square shape. Next I just sketched out a general pumpkin shape, and used a jigsaw to cut out the design. I screwed a small 2×4 into the back towards the base to make sure it doesn’t fall over, and you can screw this 2×4 piece into a base piece of wood for the pumpkin to sit on if you’d like it be a little sturdier. For the stem, I drilled a hole into a small river birch branch I pulled from our wood pile, and then screwed it into the middle board towards the top.

I did put a light stain on the boars to give it more “pumpkiny” color, but the look of the plain wood pallets is really cool too, especially if they have weathered a bit.

Give this a try for your Halloween/Fall season, and please comment if you have any questions! Throw a real pumpkin nearby and maybe a large candle!

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Making Halloween a Little Prettier!

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I got this cute family of pumpkins for a total of about $8. Each little pumpkin was $1 and I found the large one at Publix for $5!. I was thinking about carving them, but since I live in an apartment and didn’t have any of the necessary tools, I decided to do a no carve pumpkin. These we very easy to dress up and turned out really cute in my opinion. I bought a variety of black and white ribbon from a craft store, like Hobby Lobby. I got about 5 different types of ribbon. If you can find double sided ribbon with a different design on each side that’s great because you get more variety for your money.

I used the pins you usually use for sewing to secure the ribbons into the pumpkin. I pinned the ribbon at the top first, then wrap the ribbon underneath and cut it where it intersects the bottom of the pumpkin. Pin the bottom as well! There is no need to be perfect on the bottom, because as you can see its covered up and no one will see. I tied some bows with the left over ribbon to dress up the top of the pumpkin. You can also do a horizontal ribbon on the pumpkin if you want to mix things up a bit!