Best of DIY Link Party Scrappy Junky Pumpkins

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Best of DIYI’m totally exhilarated!

Today is The Best of the Best of DIY Link Party!

I’m thrilled to include in the group of such talented and inspiring ladies.

If you love Shabby Chic, Vintage or Farmhouse styles and re~purposing and DIY home projects…

...this is the place for you!

Everything will be here from painting furniture, remaking furniture, crafts, seasonal ideas, all…The Best of the Best!

Today I’m sharing a new project in one of my old styles for my Best of DIY.


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This group of talented ladies is all Best of DIY!

Picking through the dead

I love the broken and pieces of trim that usually gets swept up in the dustpan.

Yep, I pick through the dust, dirt and even the dead bugs {okay maybe I pick through with the end of a paintbrush} just to get that piece of scrap wood.  I have buckets full of broken chunks of wood, metal, and hardware.

Those things I use as the texture for home projects…

and pumpkins!

This is an easy project.

There are no rules!

The plywood base

simple cut outs #scraps #junk #pumpkinsI drew basic pumpkin shapes on a piece of leftover plywood.

Let me tell you, I’m glad that piece is getting cut up!  No more stabs by that point.

A jigsaw was perfect to cut the shapes out.  It took about 3 minutes to cut them out.

A quick sanding and they were ready for scraps and junk.

The junk

junky pumpkin #scraps #junk #pumpkinsOne was covered in metal junk.  A quality wood glue is all that was need to keep the junk in place.

scrap pumpkin #scraps #junk #pumpkinsThe next pumpkin was covered in straight wood trim pieces.  I just cut the trim with tin snips.  Softwood makes the trim and it’s easy to cut.

It’s definitely not that I’m strong!!!

wax to make sanding and aging easier #scraps #junk #pumpkinsThe third pumpkin was covered in scrolls, a bit of metal and those dustpan pieces.  I wanted the pumpkins to be white but also very distressed.

To make sanding easier I covered some of the high areas with a bit of soft furniture wax mixed with burnt umber tint.

ready to rust #scraps #junk #pumpkins

I painted the metal pumpkin with iron paint.  Modern Masters makes an iron paint.

We break from this exciting project to bring you…

Now back to the project.

scrap metal pumpkin #pumpkin #fall #junkypumpkinThe now iron pumpkin was next sponged with the Modern Master Copper stuff!

Which makes it rust when dry.


It’s not a paint but a beautiful colored blue water that smells bad.

Although not as bad as that iron paint!

scrap trim pumpkin #fall #pumpkin #scrapThe trim pumpkin was painted a creamy white and distress with sandpaper.

scrap wood pumpkin #pumpkin #junk #fallSo was the “scrolly” pumpkin.

Hang or sit

hanging or sitting #scraps #junk #pumpkinsFor now, I want the scrap junky pumpkins to sit on our mantel.  But later I might hang then running down a narrow wall.  A sawtooth for hanging was adding to the back.  A 1/4 inch hole about 1 inch up on the back to place about a 2 inch 1/4 inch dowel helps these guys sit upright.

Scrappy Junky Pumpkins made from plywood cutouts and junk sitting on DIY fireplace mantel | countrydesignstyle.comThat’s what they are doing now.  Sitting around on the scrap wood mantel looking scrappy and junky!

I picked this project for the Best of the Best of DIY because it’s simple, cheap, easy and makes into any style or shape.

Here are two other projects I’ve made that I feel are of the Best of DIY.  TV Shelf, DIY that solves a problem.  My Re-purposed Desk where I work and write my posts

Knick of Time, Prodigal Pieces, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Girl in the Garage, Our Southern Home, Meegan Makes, Restoration Redoux, Artsy Chicks Rule, At Home with the Barkers, Lilacs and Longhorns, All Things Heart and Home, Simply Fresh Vintage, Shabby Art Boutique, White Lace Cottage, Mrs. Hines Class, Concord Cottage, Virginia Sweet Pea, House on the Way, Cupcakes and Crinoline, Confessions of a Serial Diyer, Fresh Idea Studio, Unskinny Boppy, Little Snazzy Things, Postcards for the Ridge, Petticoat Junktion, Stone Gable.

Now it’s time to click away on the Best of DIY Link Party Scrap Junk Pumpkins.  Make sure to pin your favorite projects to remember which ones you want to try next.

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  1. HI Jeanette! Stopping over to see your project from the link party. I love your pumpkins and the best thing is that you can use ANYTHING. Love how simple the project is! So neat. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting. ~Michelle

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