Hanging Gutter Planter Privacy Shade

Hello! Hello! Are you guys ready to see the final outcome of my hanging gutter planter? I had the perfect spot for a hanging planter and didn’t even know it until this project. My front porch has a couple pillars that could use a little dressing up so I decided to hang the planter there – so here is my hanging gutter planter privacy shade!!

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So fun right! I love that they sort of block the view of my front porch from the road and my neighbors house! They were really easy to make too, and since I know you want to make one now — YOU CAN!! Head to your nearest Home Depot on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 and you will learn how to make this beauty!

(If you want to see how I made mine with the fun chain — just keep reading!)

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You can register before hand by clicking right HERE – it will take you to the registration page so you can get all set up to build your own hanging gutter planter! The  Workshops are free, demonstrative classes. While attendees won’t always be able to make and take the project (changes by store), you will walk away with the skills to recreate the project at home.

  • The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.
  • There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.
  • Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.
  • Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

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DIY Hanging Gutter Planter with Chain Tutorial!

First, I bought 3 10′ lengths of vinyl gutter from Home Depot and cut them down into 4′ pieces. You can use a jigsaw but I used my miter box.

Second – I painted them this fabulous Ocean Mist color from Rustoleum!

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While my gutters were drying, I cut 3 Treks pieces of fencing to 45″.

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Then I ripped them in half on the table saw.

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When my gutters were dry, I drilled tiny holes in the bottom so I would have drainage.

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Next, I drilled a 3/8″ hole (using the 3/8 drill bit) one foot (12″) away from the edge. I centered the treks piece on the inside and clamped it down to drill.

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On four of gutters, I drilled an extra home at 14″ from the side.

Next I gathered up all my hardware. You will need:

(12) 12″ pieces of straight link chain
(20) 5/16 x 4″ Eye Bolt with Nut
(20) 5/16″ nuts
(40) 3/8 x 1 1/4 washers
A package of 30 1 1/2″ S-Hooks

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The Order goes like this: nut, washer, gutter, washer, nut

So, on your outside holes – the ones you drilled at 12″ – the bolt goes inside the gutter. Put on a nut, then washer – insert the bolt into the gutter and then add a washer and a nut.

The inside hole  – at 14″ – goes the opposite way. The bolt head goes underneath.

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Once you have all your blots, washers and nuts in place you can start to hang up your planter. Use your chain and your S-hooks and find the length that you like and make sure everything is nice and level. Then tighten up your nuts real tight.

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Next, add on your gutter ends. I didn’t paint mine because I loved the contrast of the white and minty-bluish color. The gutter ends just slip right on.

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Now comes the really fun part – the flowers! Pick some fun flowers that you like and find a good pattern and then start planting.

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I added all the flowers to the planters and then filled in the rest with soil.

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And then you are done!

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Remember to head on over to the Home Depot website and register for the April class! You will love it!

Amanda

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#DIHWorkshop – Hanging Gutter Planter Announcement!!

Hello! Hello! I am so excited for this post today because I get to tell you all that I am participating in a virtual party with The Home Depot, next Monday – April 11th and I want to invite all of you to tune in to see all the fun takes on the project – hanging gutter planters!

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A team of really cute blogger, including myself, have been busy building our take of the hanging gutter planters to share with you next Monday! There will be lots of plants, lots of gutters and lots of color!

And of course you are going to fall in love with them and want to make one for yourself to hang up in your yard – so you are in luck! On Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 – 8:00, at your local Home Depot, they are holding a #DIHWorkshop (do it herself) and will teach you how to build your own! awesome right? So click on this link right here and head on over to their website to register to make your own hanging gutter planter!

Displaying DIH_16_Hanging_Gutter_Beauty_Shot.jpgDisplaying DIH_16_Hanging_Gutter_Beauty_Shot.jpgHere are some fun key facts about the Home Depot Workshops:

  • The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.
  • There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.
  • Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.
  • Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

Alrighty! So now we know – tune in next week to see all our fabulous hanging gutter planters and in the meantime register to make your own and have a dang good week!

See you soon!

Amanda

 

Dear Readers…

The first 12 days of this year have been rough – it seems like nothing in life is going right at the moment and I have really been thinking about all aspects of my life – including this little ole’ blog.

Spencer and I (yes, more me than him!) were so excited about this blog and the new adventures it may take us on. I was out and about and mingling with so many talented bloggers and wonderful companies and having a great time being a “blogger.” I was sharing home pictures and we had so many fun projects planned.

Spencer even took a hammer to a wall in between our front room and kitchen and started a HUGE remodel project…

and then life happened — and Spencer and the partner in his company – decided to dissolve their company. It was a time of uncertainty for our family and instead of using the money we had saved on the home remodeling projects we used the money to pay for our home – ya know… like the house payment and heating and all the “have to” bills and the “want too projects” were just cast aside.

To cope, I would build furniture projects here and there and even though building a dresser or bed from scratch saves money over buying it – wood still costs money and pulls and paint and sand paper.

It just got to the point where I stopped making projects.

I gave up.

and then I gave up on the blog.

because if I cannot make projects – how am I supposed to blog about them.

a vicious circle really.

I would look at other bloggers and think – “How to do they have so much money to do all of these project – they are so much better than I am and so much richer than I am” The comparison game is nasty business and only brings misery.

Then Spencer and I dug ourselves out of our hole and he is doing great on his own with his new company.

And I thought, I have a few projects I could blog – but I didn’t.

And then I was pregnant – so I was in baby stuff mode.

And then I had a newborn – so nothing really got done – other than holding her and smothering her with lotion and kisses and snuggling her.

And I am totally okay with that because I still have the mint dresser that I built for my daughter over a year ago – it looks the same (other than a couple pencil marks my three year old artist drew) and will still be the same for months – but my baby girl just turned 8 months and she is changing every day and I would rather have the snuggles as memories than anything else!

However, during this whole time and while going through this past year I still had the thought in my head that I need to blog. That I needed to share what I made and how I felt and little bits of our lives but (obviously) I didn’t.

Our house, still, is not finished – we have made A LOT of progress in the nearly 2 years since we pulled the wall out and only have a few projects left but I feel like I need to share our road of progress with you because I am sure there is someone out there with a torn apart house who wants to give up – and to you I say – that’s okay.

Take a break and focus on the things in life that really matter to you and in so doing you will somehow find the will to keep going and keep building – keep building a home for your family.

I don’t know what the rest of this year will bring – I mean it is only the 12th day of the year but really it can only get better from here. I can’t promise that I will be here every day or every week but I am going to try harder to let more people into my life. To share with you what is happening and how I felt as I navigated around a hole in my front room floor for weeks! To share more of my family and my life and chronicle our stories of making this house our home!

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Christmas Wreath

Hello friends! If you are reading this then you deserve a cookie because you  are still here after all these weeks of non-posting!! Big hugs and thank you! thank you!

I think about this blog every day and how I need to post on it all the time. I wonder about my readers about the opportunities I missing. But then I snuggle my sweet baby and build Legos with my oldest boy and don’t feel quite so bad.

Recently, Nick over at tree classics emailed me and asked me if I would be interested in one of their beautiful wreaths. I had turned down post after post after post and thought for sure I would turn this one down as well. After taking a quick peek at what they had to offer I decided to go ahead and say yes.

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I looked over a few wreaths and decided to go with the Alpine Grand Fir Wreath. I love the apples and the pinecones. The cranberries and the snow… And it is a true beauty when it is all lit up! I was totally impressed with the quality too! It feels soft and looks real – almost like you can smell the pine!

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Maybe this might be the thing that gets me back into blogging… at least once or twice a month.

If you are in the market for some truly beautiful and quality wreaths, head on over and check them out! You will not regret it!

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p.s. This is a sponsored post. The company provided me with product for an honest review. All comments and thoughts on the product are mine.

So we took a leave of absence…

So we took an unplanned leave of absence – but we have some fun projects coming up that we are excited to share with our awesome readers.

In September we found out we were expecting our fourth baby — and in October all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and feel sorry for myself. Spencer was working crazy hours and I was too tired to do anything productive other than feed my kids!

I was doing a lot of soul searching and decided that something had to give and decided to spend a few months working on being a mom and wife and let the blogging die down. I didn’t realize it would be 5 months later that I would be back.

In November we took an impromptu trip to Disneyland as a family and started celebrating the Holidays a bit early. It sounds crazy but that vacation saved our family in so many ways and has been one of the best things Spencer and I have done.

In December we found out that our new baby is going to be a girl!

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We are so excited and cannot wait to welcome her in May!

I finally caught the nesting bug and have been organizing and building a few projects and figured it was time to share them with all of you!!

Thank you for hanging in there and for all the sweet “where are you?” emails and messages we have received! You guys are the best!

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Halloween Thistle Spiders

It’s October!! One of my very favorite months and we are getting ready to decorate for Halloween! You can’t have Halloween without Spiders, so last week the kids and I headed out on a walk down by the river to gather up thistles so we could make some Halloween Thistle Spiders!

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Thistles are funky little weeds that live and grow in the mountains, by canal roads and down by the river. They grow in groups so if you find one, you find a lot – they grow on sticks and we just take scissors and simply snip them off! They are a tiny bit pokey but not too bad.

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The best way to spray paint them is to stick them all in a box – I like to use boxes from Costco because they are large and you can fit quite a few in there!

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I use Rustoleum Black in semi-gloss and give them a nice coat of black.

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You have to turn them and get them from all angles.

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When they are nice and dry… add some googley eyes! Use the stem part as the nose and hot glue the eyes on right above.

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For the legs, you use simple black pipe cleaner. You cut them into fourths and hot glue four legs onto each side!

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Bend the legs and set them all around your house!

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I just cannot get over how super cute they are!!

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Take your family on a walk to a nearby river or head up the mountains in search of thistles and have fun making Halloween Thistle Spiders!!

Here are some other really great Halloween projects you can check out:

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Brave and Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

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Here I am! All dolled up – ready for date night or girls night out or maybe I just felt like getting extra ready for the day!

But honestly…. this is what I look like most days:

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I took this “selfie” in my living room with my iphone last week sometime in the middle of the day. If you drop by in the middle of the day I have my hair in a pony, no make-up or make-up left over from the day before and most likely pajama pants/yoga pants and I am usually braless…

Can you relate?

This shirt in this picture is pretty nice – I am usually in a shirt covered in paint/stain/caulking and mismatched pants with paint/stain/caulk to match. Most days I am working on home projects and don’t leave the house so I just chill in work cloths and a pony tail.

When I was younger I never went anywhere without make-up but these days – I don’t feel so self conscious and jump in the car with my three cute kids in tow and head to the store. The older I get the more I realize that beauty is more on the inside than the outside and the way people treat other people goes a long way for their beauty.

I love to get dressed up and go out with Spencer, but he loves me in a paint shirt with no makeup and I love that I can just be myself and I don’t have to worry about what he will think. He doesn’t care if I am still in my jammies when he comes home – he is just happy to be home!

My neighbors and my besties have all seen me make-up- less and some have seen me at my worst and they still love me and think I am beautiful because of the service I offer them, the love I show them, the way I listen to them and the no-judge zone I try to have.

I am not perfect – and since we are being completely honest, I struggle with this… a lot – but I am striving to be a better person, to show more love and to love others for who they are and not for what they look like and I hope and pray that more people will do the same. I have a lot (A LOT) of flaws inside and out but I hope that people will look though those flaws and see the desires I have to be a good mom, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor and love me for being brave and beautiful – for being me!

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

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Wooden Fall Flower Pots

Fall is in full swing around these parts and I have been busy working on my porch and fixing it up for the autumn weather! Today I am sharing a fun little fall project with you that is just perfect for sprucing up those fall porches – wooden fall flower pots – and just perfect for adding in color!

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All you need for this project is a 1x6x6 and a 1x4x6 – unless you want to make a few (like I did) and then you need a little more!

CUT LIST:

(4) 1×6 @ 5 1/2”
(1) 1×6 @ 7”
(2) 1×4 @ 5 1/2”
(2) 1×4 @ 8 1/4”

Use your miter box and cut your 1×6 into square pieces. A 1×6 is actually 3/4 x 5 1/2 so cut four (4) 5 1/2 pieces.

Glue and nail your pieces into a square.

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Your piece for the bottom will be 7” long.

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Cut, glue and Pin nail it on!

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I stained the bottom of my box cherry and painted my border pieces using DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic. When everything is dry, glue and pin your border pieces onto the box. I attached my 1” from the top.

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Drill holes in the bottom so the water will drain. Also, I took a sponge sander to mine and roughed it up a bit – just to make it look a little more rustic!

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Fill it with your favorite fall flowers and you are done!! I found my mums at Walmart for $5!

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I love how simple the boxes are but how much personality it add to my porch. You could paint them any fall color or stain them any color too! I think a gray stain, orange paint and yellow/red mums would be darling too!

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Other Fall projects include:

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25 Fabulous Fall Porches – Fall Wreath – Best Ever Pumpkin Bread

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Add Planking Around Your Fireplace

My sister and her husband purchased a new (to them) home this past spring and spent a few weeks remodeling before they moved in. They still have a lot of work to do but are trying to get settled and finish up big projects. I was over at her house helping with cabinets when she asked me about her fireplace. I told her “We should Add Planking Around Your Fireplace” and so we did! And it turned out really very cute!

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Cute right? I love love love how it turned out and I love the wooden mantel! The floors in her home are the walnut wood tile so the walnut mantel totally ties it all together!

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Do you want to add planking to your fireplace too? Here is what we did!

Here is what the fireplace looked like before…

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First you need your planking material. Kait (my sister) had a bunch of 3” wide 1/2” MDF slats from a previous project in her garage so we used those. You can use MDF or you can use utility plywood and you can cut them to the size that you like. I really liked the 3” wide slats. yes, we had to cut a few more planks than if we had used a wider plank, but I liked having more planks on the wall.

To start, I measured across the entire area and had the measurements of 65.5”.  Using a level and my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer and 2” pin nails, I nailed the first plank, completely level, right above the fireplace.

Each piece is mitered at a 45 degree angle to lay flat against the adjoining wall. The longer pieces are mitered on both ends and the smaller pieces have a straight edge by the fireplace and a miter on the side against the wall.

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From there we worked our way up the wall and down both sides of the fireplace, using 2 quarters to help us with the width in-between each plank.

She has a light switch on her fireplace wall so I needed to cut out around those.

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I measured the lights and drew lines on my planks and then used my Ryobi Jigsaw to simply cut out the pieces for the lights. You want your lights to sit on top of the planking.

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In order to bring the planking all the way to the floor, we had to cut out a bit of the existing baseboard. I simply used the Ryobi Multi Tool and cut off the baseboard.

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After all our planks were nailed on, I cut two side pieces. Where the fireplace wall and the walls in the room met was a little wonky because of the dry wall and so our pieces seemed off. We wanted nice straight edges so I cut two pieces the length of the fireplace wall and mitered one side to the 45 degree angel on my table saw so it would sit flush. The side pieces also worked perfect for tying into the baseboard.

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And then we were done building and just needed to putty, caulk and paint! We puttied all the nail holes and sanded the whole wall down.

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The only place we caulked were the side pieces next to the wall so there would nice, clean straight lines. Everything else was left alone to give the look of real “planks.”

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When everything was dry, we whipped the wall down with a damp rag and then taped off and Kait painted the whole thing white to match the white in her home.

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While Kait was painting the planks, I built the mantel using the same pattern I used to make the Rustic Shelf in my sons room. Kait wanted her mantel to be a little deeper so instead of using 1×6’s I used 1×8’s.

I built the whole thing in about 10 minutes and then used Mixwax wood finishing cloths in Walnut to stain the whole thing. I let the mantel dry over night.

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We let the paint dry over night.  We almost left it like this! It looks so nice and fresh and clean, but she wanted a mantel over the fireplace so we added it!

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To hang the mantel, I used a 2×4 and using 3” nails, secured it the wall where the 2×4’s in the wall were. The mantel is 5’ long so I cut the 2×4 to be 4.5’ long.

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Then I centered the mantel on the 2×4 and used four (4) 2” screws to screw it into the 2×4 from the top. You can find a tutorial for that here.

And then we were done!!

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All we had left to do was decorate!!

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I love how this fireplace turned out and it is definitely the center piece/accent wall of the room! If you love it too… we would love your pins and shares!!

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Scrap Wood Pumpkin

 Since we are going into cooler fall weather, I wanted to share a fun and simple Fall project that anyone can make with wood from your scrap pile – A scrap wood pumpkin! 

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All you need for this project is a couple pieces of 2×4 wood and 2×6 wood! I found both in my scrap pile – but feel free to swing by Home Depot and grab a one of each a make a few of these for your home! Cut your pieces down – I cut two 2×4’s at 6 inches and two 2×6’s at 7.5 inches. I just did what I thought looked best – but make some bigger and smaller if you want too!

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I used Rustoleum Cinnamon and sprayed the wood down.

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When they were dry, I used my cornercat and sanded the edges a bit.

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Lastly – and the thing that makes the pumpkin – I tied the whole thing up with green ric rac! I love it! I makes it look wavy – sort of like a real pumpkin!

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I tied the top in a bow to look like “leaves.”

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and your done! so simple but super cute!!

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Other Fall projects include:

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