I love decorations that can be used for more than one holiday. It was easy to make these blocks into fun pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns by putting vinyl faces on one side of the blocks and decorative scrapbook paper on the opposite side. These 4×4 2-Sided Pumpkins are fun decorations for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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Supplies needed:

4×4 cut to 4″, 6″ and 8″
3 vinyl jack-o-lantern faces
small blocks of wood for stems
scrapbook paper
mod podge
wood glue
twine
orange and brown paint
sand paper

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Use a saw to cut your 4×4 to the sizes you want, mine are 4″, 6″ and 8″. Or you can have the 4×4 cut at your local lumber yard. You can use a scrap piece of wood for the stems. Sand all of the wood pieces so there are no sharp corners or raw edges. I chose Americana Jack-O-Lantern Orange and DecoArt Country Maple for my pumpkin colors. Mostly because that’s what I had in my paint drawer, but I really like the colors and think they’re perfect for the pumpkins.

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You can cut the vinyl faces yourself using scissors or use a personal cutting machine such as the Cricut. I have also seen jack-o-lantern stickers at craft stores that could be used. These are my kind of jack-o-lanterns, anything that doesn’t have to be carved I’m good with. My poor kids have to paint pumpkins, I don’t think the younger ones have ever carved a pumpkin.

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I decided to use scrapbook paper on the other side so I could display the pumpkins during Fall and Thanksgiving. Just cut the paper to size and apply to the wood with mod podge. Wait for it to dry then apply a coat of mod podge over the top to seal and protect the paper.

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Attach the stems to the pumpkins using wood glue and let dry for about an hour. Wrap some simple twine around the stems to represent the vines.

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I love cute and simple projects like this one that come together so quickly!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Love the papers you chose for the back! Super cute Leanne!
xoxo

Laurie August 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

These are adorable! I love the two-sided idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

NaDell August 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I LOVE when decorations work for more than one season. I do that with a stuffed pumpkin I have. It has a jack-o-lantern face on one side and I turn it around after Halloween to decorate for Thanksgiving.

Jess from Cox's Corner August 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Oh my goodness we almost chose some of the same papers! How funny! I love the way yours turned out!

Lea moore August 30, 2012 at 6:35 am

I love these and winning them on my birthday would be wonderful :)

Nicole August 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Very cute! I had not heard of Fab Decor before, thanks for the heads up!

Chris August 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

LOVE this! Just ordered a set. =)

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