Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Trio from Kelli

Today we are excited to learn about Kelli from Lolly Jane!
1: Tell us a little about yourself: My twin sister, Kristi, and I run our blog, Lolly Jane. It's a great outlet from my busy life with 4 kids and a police officer husband who's gone a lot.

2: What are your favorite materials to craft with? I love wood and paint. Paint can make the BIGGEST difference with a little effort. And if you hate it, just re-paint it!

3: What keeps you motivated and inspired? Kristi & I motivate each other, lol! We're always bugging each other with a new craft to work on or technique to try. We're inspired by what's around us, Pinterest is a current fave too.

4: What do you think is most rewarding about crafting? The end result is the most rewarding. Looking at something that was headed to the dump but is now pretty and functional always gives me a sense of accomplishment. I have to craft on a budget, lol, cops just DON'T get paid enough!

Today I'm featuring my Pumpkin Trio. I saw the idea on another blog but slightly altered it. {I try not to copy other projects exactly and try to put my own spin on it}. It's great for fall AND Halloween and that's the best craft, a multi-use one. (:

I was looking for inspiration for my Halloween swap gift and of course began browsing my Pinterest Halloween board where I saw this cute tute. I got to work and within my daughters naptime, had a fun pumpkin trio set for my swap partner:

To make your own, you'll need:
  • (1) 2x4: Cut in sizes 6", 8" and 10" heights

  • (1) Chunky stick, cut into 3 pieces with saw

  • (3) Headless nails

  • Chisel & Hammer (wear gloves)

  • Mouse sander

  • Orange acrylic paint

  • Black acrylic paint

  • Coordinating brown ribbon

To make these bad boys:

{Part 1}

1. Cut a 2x4 into 3 sizes: 6", 8" and 10"

2. Use mouse sander to sand away splinters/rough edges

3. Use chisel to create pumpkin-like grooves

4. Discover 4-year old's pictures while you were chiseling ;)

5. Smother blocks in orange pumpkin-y paint

6. Distress pumpkins with black paint

Take a break and catch up on DVR'd shows wait for paint to dry :)

{Part 2}

1. After paint is dry, drill nail-size hole into wood

2. Add wood glue onto headless nail

3. Insert headless nail into drilled hole

4. Cut wood stick into 3 pieces (mine are between 1.5-2.5")

5. Drill hole into stick

6. Lightly hammer stick into nail so there's no gap

When wood glue is dry, top with ribbon and that's that!

Your pumpkin trio set is all ready for display:

I am getting SO STINKIN' EXCITED for the holidays as my home is getting more & more festive each week.

Thanks so much Kelli!! Love that this can be used for Halloween or Thanksgiving!


  1. I LOVE my pumpkin trio!!! Thank you so much for making them for me. :)

  2. So cute - gotta love multi- functional decor :)

  3. those are so cute!!!