So I saw this idea on a blog of a cute gal from my hometown in Oregon. She made this cute pumpkin board. I thought it was a great fall decoration, and I set out to create one of my own! I ended up at Wood Connection (if you live in Utah, then get on over there!)
Here is what you need:
- wood board (sized to where you want to put it in your house)
- pumpkin cutouts
- scrapbook paper
- modge podge
- embellishments: twine, raffia, glitter, ribbon, etc. (optional)
- magnets (or something like that, like velcro)
- hot glue/gun
I started off by painting my board black. We use a lot of black in our house, and I thought it would help my shapes to pop out more. You'll probably just want to make sure you use some sort of neutral color.
While that was drying, I first traced the edges of my pumpkins.
Then I painted the edges of my pumpkins.
While they were drying, I cut out the pumpkin shapes.
Then I modge podged the scrapbook paper onto the pumpkin cutouts. I used my pampered chef pan scraper to smooth out any bubbles.
Next I sanded the edges of the pumpkins.
And then I sanded my board a little bit, too.
After that, I glued magnets on to the board....
And on the backs of my pumpkins. (You could just glue the shapes directly on the board, but you'll see below why I used magnets instead.)
Then I stuck my pumpkins on (I later went back and tied some raffia around their stems) and it was done! I'll staple gun some ribbon on the back because I am planning on hanging mine.
***Make sure you glue the right sides of the magnets down. I thought I did, but I have a couple that are a little wonky when you try to stick them on!***
While I was at Wood Connection, I saw a bunch of other cute seasonal shapes, so I decided I would use magnets so that I could switch out the shapes for each month or season.
I haven't decided if I'll do anything different for November, but I made these for December....
I also have some snowflakes for January, but I didn't have white paint, so they will have to get done some other time! I'll keep on the lookout for other shapes to go with other holidays/months/seasons. I know Michael's and Robert's, and I would assume Hobby Lobby - really any craft store - will have cut outs!
This would make a great gift!