Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
Heavy sweaters, hot cocoa, and pumpkins from the garden are all signs that fall is here! Paint this festive pumpkin sign to welcome friends and celebrate this fun season.
- Wooden items: plaque, 6-3/4”x15-1/2”; plywood or basswood, 1/8” thick, 6”x12”
- Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Antique White, Pumpkin, Poppy Orange, Black Green, Green Sea
- Fall color silk leaves, two stems
- Black craft wire, 19-gauge, 25” length
- Branch, 3/4” diameter, 24” length
- Scroll saw
- Drill with 1/8” bit
- Wire cutter
- Paintbrushes: flat; liner; shader, small, large
- Checkerboard stencil, 1/4” and 1/2” squares
- Sponge scrap
- Brown antiquing gel
- Satin varnish
- Crackle medium
- Wood glue
scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, paper towel, old toothbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)
6-3/4”x15-1/2” (not including hanger)
Pumpkin Welcome Sign
1. Print and cut patterns along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Transfer two pumpkins, two leaves, and outline of sign to plywood or basswood; cut shapes from wood. Sand all rough edges; remove dust with damp paper towel.
2. Drill holes in pumpkins and oval (sign) where indicated by “X” on patterns. Use Figure 1 as guide to drill holes in plaque.
3. Use flat brush to basecoat all surfaces of the following: pumpkins Pumpkin; plaque, sign, and leaves Black Green. Apply crackle medium to front and sides of plaque; set aside.
4. For pumpkins, use large shader brush double loaded with Pumpkin and Poppy Orange to shade sections. Paint stems Black Green. Use 1/4” square stencil and sponge to checker leaves with Green Sea. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint dots and broken lines/stitch marks on stems and leaves, close to edges. Use toothbrush and Black Green to lightly spatter pumpkins.
5. For sign, use 1/2” square stencil and sponge to checker sign with Green Sea. Transfer lettering to sign; use small shader brush and Antique White to paint letters. Use liner brush and Pumpkin to outline right edges and add dots to letters. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint broken lines/stitch marks on sign, close to edges.
6. For plaque, use flat brush and Antique White to paint over crackle medium. (Note: Use long strokes and paint each area only once for best results.)
7. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply one coat antiquing gel to plaque and shapes. (Note: For a lighter antiqued look, apply one coat varnish before applying antiquing gel.) Apply one coat varnish to plaque and shapes.
8. (Note: Use photo as assembly guide.) Adhere leaves to pumpkins. To attach pumpkins and sign to plaque, cut 18, 10” lengths from raffia. Holding six lengths together, insert raffia into left hole in shape; thread through left front hole in sign. (Note: For easier threading, tape raffia ends together tightly; tape can be cut off after threading.) Insert raffia through remaining hole in back of sign and shape; tie bow in front to secure.
9. For hanger, cut two 4” lengths, two 6” lengths, and three 2-1/2” lengths from craft wire. Fold each 6” length in half and insert ends through holes in top of plaque from back to front, leaving 1” loops in back of plaque. Bend loops up so they are flat against plaque; wrap wire ends around loop to secure.
10. To attach branch, insert each 4” length through loop; wrap wire around branch and twist ends to secure. To attach leaves, hold stem against branch; wrap remaining wire around branch to secure.
- Use pre-cut wooden pumpkins instead of cutting your own with a scroll saw.
- For a year ‘round “Welcome” sign, make different embellishments to replace the pumpkins, such as turkeys, Christmas trees, hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, flags, etc.
by Linda Lover