Faux Wood Block Pumpkins

smoothfoam wood block pumpkins

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year, but living in Florida leaves me wanting more cool weather, more changing leaves and more pumpkins! You can never have too many pumpkins! I am always trying to think of new ways to use products like Smoothfoam because it is so versatile. I discovered that trimming off the sharp edges and painting with a distressed technique turns the Smoothfoam into faux 2×4 blocks of wood.

Materials:

Two 2″ x 4″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Blocks
Kunin Felt Eco-fi Rainbow Classicfelt – Olive, Kelly Green
Americana Paints – Canyon Orange, Dark Chocolate, Tangelo Orange
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Ruler, pencil, paint brush, scissors
Hot Wire Foam Cutting Tool
Twig, brown paper-covered wire, wire cutters
Brown ribbons

Instructions:

1.  Cut one 12″ block into a 3-1/2″ section and a 7″ section with the Hot Wire Foam Cutting Tool. Trim the second block to 9″ and trim off the corner edges from all three blocks.

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2.  Paint all three blocks with Dark Chocolate, set aside to dry.  TIP:  I use a sheet of Smoothfoam with straight pins inserted as a drying rack.

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3.  Paint the small and large pumpkins with Canyon Orange with a dry brush in random strokes to create a distressed look. Repeat with Tangelo Orange on the medium pumpkin and set aside to dry.

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4.  Cut three 6″ lengths of wire and wrap around a pencil, then remove, to create tendrils.  Cut three leaves from felt. Cut three 4″ lengths of twig 4″ with wire cutters. Cut three 10″ lengths of ribbon and tie each in a bow.

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5.  To assemble each pumpkin – use a pencil to make a pilot hole in the top center of the pumpkin, squeeze in small amount of Tacky Glue and insert twig. Place a wire next to the twig stem. Fold a felt leaf in half and glue it with a ribbon bow to the top of the pumpkin.

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