What’s better than decorations that can be used for more than one holiday? I love decorating for holidays but I also don’t like storing a lot of stuff. It’s 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 the perfect decorations for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.
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Use a saw to cut the 4×4 to the sizes you want, mine are 4″, 6″ and 8″. You can easily use a miter saw to cut the pieces. Or you can have the 4×4 cut at your local lumber yard. They will usually do 3 cuts for free and after that it’s just a small fee. Use a scrap piece of wood for the stems and cut them to about 1/2″ slices. Sand all 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.
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 always painted pumpkins, I don’t think my younger kids have ever carved one. Aren’t these faces the cutest? You can even paint them on if you don’t want to use vinyl.
Use scrapbook paper on the other side so you can display the pumpkins during Fall and Thanksgiving also. 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.
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. You could also use wire and even add faux leaves if you like.
I love cute and simple projects like this one that come together so quickly! I’m thinking of making a few more to line the table for Thanksgiving or to display on the mantel.
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