We did it!! It only took like 7 1/2 hours but we got it done. It’s tough to get anything done with 2 hungry, little babies eating every 2 hours and not napping. Best part… Ours didn’t fall apart after we put it together.
We literally took all the “what not to do” from our demo the other day and applied it to this project… we followed the directions and used glue. Who would have thought that following the directions would result in an actual, finished piece… not pieces on the ground.
We had to get a little creative at home since we didn’t have clamps so cases of soda were our clamps. It reminded me of trying to press flowers when I was a kid. I actually think this project would have been super quick if we had some babysitters. But that’s life… the kids were actually pretty good. They slept through lots of hammering so that was awesome.
Now the question is what to fill it with.. flowers or candy?
2 – 72″ x 5 1/2″ Fence pickets – square edged preferred
1 – 1x2x4′ (can cut a 8′ long 1×2 in half for use on two projects)
Clamps (or something big to hold everything still while the glue dries)
Solid work surface
Carpenter’s pencil (or a highlighter)
Medium or Fine Sandpaper
4 – Fence pickets cut into 18″ long pieces2 – 1×2 @ 20″ long
1 – 1×2 @ 8″ long
1 – Fence picket @ 17″ long
2 – Fence pickets @ 5 1/2″ long
1 – Fence picket @ 16″ long
- Bring Home Depot the cut list and have them make the cuts. Unless you really want to make the cuts yourself and then well more power to you.
- Lay the four fence pickets on the work surface so the overall width is around 23″. Make sure you like the look of the pumpkin. Our fence posts were a textured on one side and varied in color so we played with the styles until we liked it. After you’re done designing, flip them over so the finished look is placed down.
- Place 20″ long 1×2 on top with about 1-1/2 gap on either end. We used the stems as a guide so that our pieces were straight. Apply wood glue and either clamp (or put a heavy box on there) and allow to dry for a little bit. Then hammer 1-1/4″ nails to secure. We used a lot to be sure it wouldn’t move.
- Draw your pumpkin pattern using either a highlighter (we used orange) or a carpenter’s pencil. Start 3″ out at the bottom edges. Avoid drawing so that the 1×2 supports will be crossed. Pumpkins are generally “bottom heavy” so consider a smaller rounding on the bottom and larger rounding on top. You also need to draw a little half-circle on the top for the stem to go later on.
Position the project so the area to cut out overhangs the work surface to allow for your jigsaw blade to cut freely. A buddy comes in handy on this step because they can help steady the project while you jigsaw away. Cut along the shape you’ve drawn.
- Place the stem in the center of the pumpkin and attach with liquid nails and 1-1/4″ nails. If you want to add a little flair to the stem, you can paint it with acrylic paint or stain it. We opted for a soft green color.
- Now it’s time to make the planter box. Use liquid nails to attach the front box to the sides. You can use a 12-pack soda box to keep the box steady as you hammer 1-1/2″ nails into the front of the box and secure the sides. I started with hammering the middle nail and then the sides. We chose nails with a bigger head to give it more of a “rustic” look.
After the front and sides are assembled, apply wood glue to 3 sides of the bottom piece and slide into the bottom of the box. Secure with nails.
- The last step is to attach the planter box to the pumpkin. Place the soda box under the pumpkin and align bottom edge and the start of the pumpkin shaped cut with the outside corners of the box. Hammer 1-1/2″ nails into the back of the pumpkin to secure all the sides of the planter box.
Make the pumpkin your own by decorating (like by adding a cute little bow) or filling the planter box with flowers or candy.