I think if I put all of my favorite things in a bag and shake it up, I would pull out this chippy wood pumpkin DIY. It is literally a combination of all of my VERY FAVORITE things! And the best part? It’s the featured project in the monthly DIY Decor Box for August! Each and every box is filled with a combination of beautiful DIY’s and coordinated decor for your home! Literally the only thing left to do is enjoy the curated decorating experience!
Does that sound like a fun time?
Well, let me just sweeten it up even more for ya. In addition to receiving the wood needed to make this chippy wood pumpkin DIY, I also craft it LIVE in a private Facebook membership! You get the project, private assembly inspiration and instructions along with a coordinated 8x10 frameable picture, and other fun items to complete your decor! All while becoming a part of an online sisterhood of other creative women!
Come see what we made together from our August kit!
What the August DIY Box Included:
- 3 hand cut oval-like wood chunks (I personally think they look like jelly beans) We decided on this shape to give our members the freedom to create their own whimsy and irregular pumpkins!
- 1 hand cut stem
- 1 chunky wood word cutout
- 1 fall print
How to make a Chippy Wood Pumpkin
The process began with staining. I used a baby wipe to apply one of my favorite antique glazes by waverly. Truly any stain during this step is fine.
Once the stain was dry I buttered white paint using a large popsicle stick. It’s literally as simple as loading your stick and scraping the paint across the surface. This buttering is absolutely addicting! It’s so fun and incredibly simple to create that authentic chippy look we all love!
I repeated the buttering for with piece of wood except for the stem, which I left stained.
I sped up the drying process of the paint with my heat gun. I’ve noticed that the rapid, intense heat from the gun causes the areas of thicker paint to crackle. Personally, I love the added character and authenticity it adds to the chippy paint! You can avoid the cracking by letting the paint dry slowly on its own.
Next came assembly,and yall let me just tell ya, this is about as simple as it gets. I pressed 2 of the wood pieces together with the curves facing inward, to make the base. Then, using a combination of E6000 and hot glue , attached the third piece on top, in the center.
Press into the wood long enough to give the hot glue time to dry. The hot glue will help the pieces of your chippy wood pumpkin stick together in the short term while the E6000 will be important for durability in the long run.
The last little bit of this project is left up to the creator and their imagination! Attach the stem the same way as the other pieces were assembled and embellish to suite your own personal taste.
I completed this look with a floral stem in our shoppe that I disassembled and twisted. This can be done with similar florals for the same effect. You can shop our florals at Roost and Restore Home.