This project started with something so simple. Take a stroll down the cleaning aisle at Dollar Tree, and grab some of these copper color scouring pads… They make great pumpkins! When added to these cute chalkboards (also DT!), they make a cute little decorative accent.
Here’s what you need to do this project…
- Chalk board frame (from Dollar Tree)
- Copper scouring pads
- Gypsy Green paint from Debi Design Diary & DIY
- Waverly Chalk Paint Wax, Antique
- Wood block or twig (to simulate a pumpkin stem)
- Fake moss
- Fabric or paper autumn leaves
- Burlap scrap or ribbon
- E6000 adhesive
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Here’s how you do it…
First, paint that frame! Be careful not to get paint on the chalkboard when you are painting the frame. You can tape it off to just paint it quick and easy or be a little slower and careful cutting in the edges. If you do get a little paint on there, no worries, just wipe it off before it dries or use a sanding sponge to remove it. Also make sure you get the edges really good so it can be viewed from all angles.
Now that you’ve painted it really well all over, take that sanding sponge and scuff it up and distress the frame to bring some of that wood grain back through. Doing it this way by painting it completely and scuffing it up all over makes the effect more believable.
Take the scouring pads and smoosh it down a little to flatten it slightly. Place it in the bottom corner of the sign. This is a good opportunity to cover up a slight imperfection in your paint job, if you had one. For the pumpkin stem, I used a wooden Jenga block, but any stem or twig would also work great, and you wouldn’t have to paint it. I used Waverly Antique paint to color the stem.
When it come to gluing on the scouring pad pumpkin you are going to want to use E6000 adhesive and hot glue. Because it is made of meta,l the hot glue doesn’t always want to stick so using the E6000 in addition to the hot glue makes sure it will.
Many of you have commented before about the key I use on paint tubes and metal glue tubes. It is super simple to use and helps get all of the stuff out of the tube. You can find one like it on Amazon.
After you have glued down the scourer, it is time to glue on the leaf and stem. Like before, you want to use E6000 and hot glue. I added a little fake moss, as if there was some grass growing with my pumpkin. I also twisted up a little jute twine to really make it pop.
Then, I glued a little burlap ribbon (mine came from Hobby Lobby in the ribbon section) to the center of the chalkboard, and added the “thankful” tag right on top. I also found these tags at Hobby Lobby a while back.
Finally, you finish it with the wood bead garland to hang it. I can’t believe you can find these wood beads at Dollar Tree! Love it!
If you missed the live where we did this craft, check the recording below…