A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin

We are in full fall here and it is time to add a little Halloween decor to the house!  Today I have a fun DIY wall decor project to share with you...
making a pumpkin with old wood spindles!

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I am joining my fellow Thrifty Chicks for our monthly re-use challenge...
wood spindles!

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I had a few odd spindles, and an old crib panel...

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I wanted to make a basic pumpkin shape, so the spindles were cut in descending lengths. You can see it was a mixed pattern.

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Then scraps of beadboard were nailed as back fastening strips...a nail gun makes it much easier!  You could probably fasten with construction glue, too.

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

You could leave them in this state, or paint/stain them.  Since so many of my spindles were unfinished, I decided to paint!  You could make your pumpkin any color you want...I decided on a dark orange. You can see there are differences in wood tones...I gave the darkest spindles a second coat of paint.


A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Then I gave the lighter spindles a wash of burnt umber brown paint, which evened the color tones out nicely. I like some color differences, and the brown paint also helped highlight the detail.



A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Once I had the spindles painted the way I wanted, it was time to add the little details to bring this pumpkin to life!  I found this wooden leaf branch at the craft store and glued it into a hole drilled into the the top of the tallest spindle.  I purposely had left the center spindle taller to become the stem.


A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I also found some wired jute that was perfect for wrapping the "stem", 
and for curling tendrils!

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I love how the pumpkin turned out!  It can be set on a shelf or hung on the wall...
I hung this one on our entryway wall.


A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

It would be fun to make other colors, too!
Pin me...
A DIY Wood Spindle Pumpkin Wall Hanging From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Be sure to visit the other Thrifty Chicks bloggers' fun projects, too!


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Little Vintage Cottage~ Repurposed Spindle Valance


Before I go, a big thank you to all the entered the Winnie's Picks paint by number giveaway!  Congratulations to Sue~
"Canadian hut by the river is my choice. Looks really beautiful".


Until next time...

13 comments

  1. This is fabulous Linda - I had no idea how spindles were going to become a pumpkin, but I sure do now. Even right up until the end, in my mind I had the spindles going the other way, but once I saw how you created the stem, well, that was brilliant! Off to pin this little guy :-)

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  2. I didn't see this coming at all! Love this version of a spindle pumpkin, and so easy (with a nailer). I've got so many spindles...could make a whole patch of these.

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  3. Hi Linda,

    I love this and it was so much fun seeing it come together. You have the best stash to make pieces like this. Love it.

    I'm finishing fighting a head cold from the devil. Been horrible

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! It was a fun project! So sorry you haven't been feeling well! Hope you are better SOON!

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  4. Oh my goodness...this turned out so cute! I couldn't imagine what you were going to do to make this into a pumpkin. Great idea!
    Debbie
    xo

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  5. I love how your pumpkin turned out! Such a fun use of spindles. Pinned!

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  6. So cute! I love how you all are using the same items, but repurposing them into something completely different!

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  7. Love this idea, when will we see the bachmans tour?

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  8. What an innovative idea! I also didn't expect this, but love the end result! Now I'll have to try this project myself since it adds such a fabulous vintage and modern vibe to home.

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