HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND TO MY CANADIAN READERS.
Today I’d like to share how I decorated my little wooden ladder for fall.
To make your own ladder you can find a quick tutorial here.
Last year we lost a lot of our decorations in our flood and I had actually purged a lot the year prior before packing up after the Fall season. So this year when I found myself with only my trio of wooden pumpkins and 1 foam pumpkin to go on the ladder I had to get creative, it had to be quick and budget friendly, budget friendly sounds so much nicer then cheap but I am frugal, cheap and PROUD OF IT!
I almost always have scrap wood laying around the garage, and when I don’t family and friends are always replenishing my stash, along with curb side freebie bins from local businesses. Even if you had to buy the wood it is still inexpensive and craft paint is available at Michaels and most dollar stores, as long as you are using your project indoors its all you need to use.
First I made the 2×4 pumpkin, simply use a cut off of a 2×4 or cut a piece down, paint it orange (or white or black or blue, no rules here, I actually keep meaning to make a teal one and participate in the candy alternative trick or treating)
I dry brush my paint on as I like an old chippy distressed look, for the same simply only dip your brush in slightly and paint the surface as if you have no paint left and need to make that baby last! I recommend pouring a bit of paint on a paper plate or a square of cardboard and using a 1 inch painting brush (also found at many dollar stores) One coat only! You can see here one I did in white.
*IF YOU DON’T KNOW THIS TRICK ALREADY, NO NEED TO KEEP WASHING YOUR BRUSH IF YOU PLAN AND DOING MANY PROJECTS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND WEEKS WITH THE SAME COLOUR. SIMPLY SLIDE YOUR BRUSH IN A PLASTIC BAGGIE AND FREEZE IT. THAW AND USE AS USUAL, REPEAT UNTIL NO LONGER NEEDED OR IT IS LOOKING GRUNDGY, YOU CAN THEN ALMOST ALWAYS WASH IT AT THAT POINT.
Once your pumpkin is painted slightly sand it for a further distressed look.
Now find a dowel, or in my case a tree branch, for the stem, drill a hole in the top and hot glue it in.
I keep wanting to make a large pallet type pumpkin but still have not got around to it, I decided the bottom of the ladder could use a smaller version one so I got to work digging through my scraps.
To make your own just simply find wood that is the same thickness, you will need an odd number of pieces because the center one becomes your stem as well.
Simply lay them side by side until you get the look you like, then the 2 end pieces cut them on and angle at the top and bottom outer sides (see in the picture below)
At this point paint the pieces you would like painted or stained, and sanded.
I left my end pieces as they were (old fence board scraps) stained the center ( you can also just stain or paint the tip of this piece and paint or leave the rest) and painted 2 pieces.
To keep the slates together I used a wide scrap piece of wood on the back that I screwed through 2 screws into each of the front pieces. I often use several narrower pieces in the back as well, whatever I have on hand.
My ladder has a hook on the bottom step underneath and I simply attached a hook to my pumpkin stem and zip tied the 2 hooks together ( easy snip off at the end of the season and bag of small zips is found at most dollar stores)
Alternatively if you love the pallet pumpkins but cant find the time or have the supplies to make one here is a simple print out you can frame. I have mine framed and amoung more pumpkins on a hall table.
I ended up taking the sparkly wire pumpkin from our games room and added it on the ladder for now, or until next year.
I also printed off some pumpkin seed packets and used paper picture frames I found at the dollar store (6 in a pack for $2 -meant to create a picture garland) and hung them from the hooks on the side of the ladder. How cute would real vintage pumpkin seed packs look hanging there?!
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