Quick and Easy Faux Pumpkin Tutorial

Can you believe that it is already October? This year has gone by way too fast. I feel like it was just summer. But boy am I ready for the fall weather, this heat really takes a toll on ya!

Since October is here and welcoming us with fallen leaves and (slightly) cooler weather, I'm coming to you with the perfect DIY pumpkin to rock your fall decor. I'm a huge fan of pumpkins, but the real ones go bad too quick. No one wants a rotting pumpkin outside of their door. Plus I'm trying to decorate now, not wait until it's closer to Halloween! Lucky for me (and you), the craft stores are filled with foam pumpkins that are not only affordable but they don't rot! Woo woo. 

Let's get into the tutorial!

Here's what you'll need:

  • A faux pumpkin
  • Battery Powered Lights
  • Paint Pen (optional, depending on if you want more design)
  • Sharpie
  • Drill or Dremel
  • Knife

Step 1:

Let's get the boring part over with. Cut a small hole in the top of the pumpkin with your knife. Make it just big enough to fit the lights in at the end of the project. 

Step 2:

Using your sharpie (or any other marker you have laying around), map out where you want your drilled holes to be. Keep in mind this is where the light will shine through. If your holes are too small, the light will not shine through. The drill must go all the way through the pumpkin!

Step 3:

Starting with your biggest drill bit, drill the center of the flower design marked with sharpie. If you want all the dots to be the same size, you can use one bit. I chose to make my center hole bigger and surround it with smaller dots. 

Step 4:

Using your smaller drill bit, finish drilling holes on the marked dots. 

Step 5:

Let your creative juices flow as you determine a design and overall theme for your pumpkin. Naturally, I chose a very bohemian theme filled with flowers and geometric shapes. 

Step 6:

Enjoy yourself. Don't take this project, or any project, too serious! Just let the art flow. I suck at drawing, I even "messed up" a few times on this pumpkin but knowing that I am creating this with my own hands is badass enough!

Step 7:

Pop your lights into your pumpkin and turn them on! 

This project really is so quick and beyond easy. The whole thing probably took me about 25 minutes. And did I mention how easy it was? Even if you don't have a drill or aren't sure how to use one, I'm sure you can make holes with a nail or screw. This plan is pretty fool proof, I promise!

Here's the pumpkin at night. Oh, spooky! Just kidding. It's got kindergarten style flowers, how can it be spooky!?

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What's your favorite fall decor item that you have made?

Bohemian Wood Slice Clock

This week I come to you with a DIY for one of my new favorite decorative pieces in my apartment. I've never had an actual clock in my space so when I got the idea for this wood slice clock, I knew it was just what I needed.

The best part about this clock is that it is so easy. The most complicated part is drilling the hole to put the clock and battery pack in. Which if you know how to use a drill, or have a person in your life who does know how, this step should not be a problem at all.

This clock is so versatile and has infinite design options. You can customize it just the way you want it!

So let's get right into the tutorial!

You will need:

  • A wood slice - I chose a small piece but you can choose whichever size fits your space best. I got mine from Michael's for about $6. You can find one online here.
  • A clock set - I found mine at Michael's for around $9. Make sure you pay attention to how thick the wood slice is in comparison to the clock shaft, the packaging should tell you this information. The one I chose was a 5/8th of an inch thick clock set. BTW - Michael's always has 40% off coupons on their app so I used that to get this bit. If you don't have their app and aren't signed up for their email newsletter, you are missing out on some serious savings!
  • A dremel (or drill) - The clock set you purchase should tell you how thick of a drill bit you will need.
  • A paint pen or sharpie - This is optional but this step is where your creativity shines!

Just like with my last tutorial, I will put a very detailed description below with plenty of pictures. If you want to get straight to the nitty gritty, go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom for a condensed version of the tutorial.


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For the first step, you'll need to determine the center of your wood slice. If you're feelin' crazy and want to put your clock base off center, then do your thing! I wasn't sure my OCD would let me base it off center, so I stuck with the middle. Drill a hole where you want the base of the clock to sit. 

If you plan on decorating the entire wood slab, you can do this first step last. I knew going into this that I wanted very minimal design, so I was content with getting this part over with. 

2

Once you know your drilled hole is big enough for the clock base to fit, get your paint pens and let your creativity flow. I went for a henna/mandala style with a gold paint pen. Like I said, I wanted the bare minimum with my designs but you could definitely go wild and cover the whole wood piece. Even a solid color paint or chalkboard paint would look super cute with this clock.

My original plan was to get my wood burner and design a small 6 and 12 onto the clock. But I decided I like the lightness and simplicity of the finished piece after all. 

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The third and final step (I told you this was easy) is to set up the clock hands and battery pack. The set I bought only takes one AA battery, score! This is where the importance of the length of the clock shaft comes into play.  You will not be able to get the hands on if the clock set you bought isn't thick enough. Mine had a little extra room, which I am totally okay with. Better to have extra room than not enough. 

Was that easy or what! Now that you have a custom, one-of-a-kind clock that you made with your own hands show it off to all your friends and family. These would also make excellent gifts considering the holidays are just around the corner!

 

Want a quick and condensed version of the tutorial? See the steps below.

  1. Drill a hole in the wood slice, making sure it is the size of the clock shaft you purchased.
  2. Double check to make sure the clock fits into place. 
  3. Let your creativity shine with your markers and paint. This is the fun part, so don't hold back! Just start doodling if you don't have a plan.
  4. Position the clock parts into your freshly decorated wood slice. 
  5. Put some batteries in and be so impressed by the awesomeness you created! Ahh.

If that's not simple, I don't know what is!

If you do make one of these, make sure you send me a picture. You can reach me at bohemiancrossroads@gmail.com.

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