Did you know that tomorrow is the official first day of Autumn? I had to check. That makes this post and Happy Fall Y'all reclaimed wood pumpkin a fun way to welcome in the season.
I'm not the best at looking at something old and seeing how it can become new again. But every now and again, the light bulb comes on. I made a cute little autumn decor sign for my front porch out of a piece of a broken wedding gift.
We had been given this nice wooden salad bowl 11 years ago. I still can't believe I've been married that long! Anyway, a few weeks ago, it fell apart. If you can't tell, we've used it well. As I stood there looking at the pieces of my bowl, I knew I had to use that bottom piece for something. I mean, it was this perfectly round piece of wood just waiting to be used. And since my front porch has been seriously lacking lately, I thought why not use it there.
First I sanded the board to remove any old stain. Also the bottom had warped some, probably why it fell apart, and sanding helped work out some of those raised edges. Next I painted with a simple flat white. Then sanded again to add some texture lines.
All that was left to do now was add some embellishments. I added a leaf cut from burlap, some rope twisted up for the stem, and a pretty ribbon. Then, I sketched "Happy Fall Y'all" onto the "pumpkin" with a pencil and traced over it with a Sharpie.
The only thing was that pumpkins aren't circular, so I tried to find a way to make the sign look a little more squat and pumpkin like. So, I put all the pieces on a little low hoping it help my pumpkin look less round. I don't think my plan worked all that well, but I still like how everything turned out.
It was a pretty quick project to do and I love this happy Southern greeting sitting on my porch making me smile whenever I drive up.
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