Autumn is officially here! I love all things fall and have been daydreaming about all the adorable home decor changes to be made. I thought it would be fun to share this easy DIY Block Pumpkin Trio fall project with video tutorial below.
DIY Pumpkin Block Trio
- 3 brushes, 1-2″ brushes work best for this project.
- 3 Wooden Blocks, heights are 12″, 9″, and 6″ if you would like to cut them yourself.
- Random twigs for the stems
- Paint- I used Bungalow 47 Terracotta Tile (orange) Lava Lamp (turquoise) and Lamp Post (black) and white craft paint for stenciling.
- Various Stencils (optional)
- Glue to attach twigs
- small fan for drying (optional)
- Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel to seal and make it glossy (optional)
First, have your 4×4 cut into three various sized blocks. I cut mine into 12”, 9” and 6” lengths then sanded the edges a bit to get rid of the roughness. For the pumpkin stem I went scavenging in my yard for twigs! Use a drill bit to drill a hole, about an inch deep into the center of the top of your blocks. This is where your stems will go in so use the bit size that will work for what you select. Wait to put the stems into place until after you are done painting.
I really wanted the orange to be my main fall color so I painted the 12” block Terracotta, the 9” block Lava Lamp and the little 6” block Lamp Post.
In the video, I start with the 12” block and give it an all over even coat. You may need to do two coats for a smooth finish. While the first coat dries work on another block and then you can go back around as needed.
I love the Bungalow 47 Paint especially for raw wood like these. It does a great job covering evenly and makes less work for you. I planned on doing two coats on these raw would 4x4s but ended up not needing to!
You can use a fan to speed up the drying process. I get too excited to see the finished project, who wants to wait?! But to stencil you have to be able to lay the block on its side so don’t rush it too much.
Once all three blocks are evenly coated and have had a bit of time to dry its time to stencil!
I have cute checkerboard and polka dot stencils and painters tape to make painting stripes easier, but you can use any you like. A chevron or even floral would be cute!
Line up your stencil on your block. Don’t overload your sponge with paint, you can always add more! Lightly pounce the paint onto the stencil and block. You don’t want to squish or push because the paint will go up under the stencil.
I am not going for full opaque coverage and don’t worry if there is a little bleeding because we are going to be distressing this cute DIY Block Pumpkin Trio.
If you need to move the stencil like I do, overlap the stencil top row over the bottom row of what was painted to make sure everything is aligned. Work your way around stenciling each side. I followed these same steps for my 6” black block with the checkerboard stencil.
To add a stripe to the third block I use a ½-¾ inch width painters tape. I chose to do a vertical line but you could do horizontal! Just eyeball where each strip of tape should go. I don’t want you to worry about making these perfect! These are distressed fun DIY Block Pumpkins remember haha!
Make sure to press the tape down well to prevent bleeding. I have a flat craft paint brush that I paint the stripes in with the same white craft paint. Use light coats, you can always go back around. Let this dry before you remove the tape. Don‘t worry if there is some bleeding, this is why we are distressing!
Now we can add some Whimsical Distressing!
I saved all my paint brushes in plastic bags so that I can reuse the paint that is left in them. If you are using a clean brush just make sure to use a minimal amount of paint. Like a dry brushing technique make sure you have very little paint on the brush.
On my Orange Polka Dotted Block Pumpkin I will use the black and turquoise, the 9” turquoise wil be distressed in Black and Orange then the 6” Black will have Orange and turquoise.
Lightly start on the edges and pull across the full length and top of the block. The edges will collect a little more color. The trick is to blot your brush off on a paper towel first. You don’t want too much, just a very light dry brushing.
I chose to clear coat this with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel to seal and make it glossy. The colors will look more vibrant too.
Glue your stems into place. I used a hot glue gun because I will be using my Block Pumpkin Trio indoors and it sets so fast, but you can use any glue of your choice. I like E6000 for outdoor porch projects. It will hold up a bit better in the elements.
You can watch all these steps and see exactly how I use the stencils in the video below!
If you like this tutorial you may enjoy my blog where we building an easy DIY Welcome Sign perfect for changeable seasonal attachments.
This DIY Block Pumpkin Trio is a quick project to create and perfect for a table centerpiece, mantel, or anywhere in your home!