When I created the Happy Fall Y’All sign I really wanted to hang it over the TV cabinet in my Great Room but it was the wrong proportion. Instead of putting it in that spot, I decided to sell it, and it did sell. I figured I would make something fallish for that spot. Inspiration struck and I had an idea. Join me in creating a shiplap pumpkin.
When I got this small pallet from work I had no plans for it. That is until I went to Dollar Tree for something else and saw Fall-Themed Felt Décor. They are good size cut outs in the shape of an owl, leaves, and a pumpkin. I guess you know I bought the pumpkin cut out.
And I could have gone the easy route by gluing it on the pallet, but I didn’t.
The pallet is the perfect size, 20 inches x 30 inches and I only needed to cut the bottom off. And sand down the roughness.
As I started painting it, using the leftover paint from the repaired rocking chair it made me think of shiplap. And that may be the closest I ever get to having it in the house.
I watered the paint down and once it dried applied the crackle medium.
Once the crackle medium dried, I used the other left over paint from the same project for the next coat. It really didn’t crackle like I was hoping, plus the colors are so close there was no contrast so that step can be skipped unless you use contrasting colors.
I sanded the shiplap pallet to distress it a little and to smooth it out. This is so easy. Place the pumpkin on the shiplap pallet and trace around it.
I selected 6 coordinating colors from my craft paint supply. Using them like watercolors I started painting. It was amazing to see the pumpkin take shape.
As the paint dried I went back over the pumpkin with a small brush to paint in details. Be careful not to muddy the paint. I change the water and rinse the brushes frequently.
After a while, I have to walk away and then look at the piece with fresh eyes. So going back to it I added some darker highlights.
Once it looked how I wanted it to look I waxed it. To hang it I screwed in screw eyes on either side and added picture hanging wire.
I hope you will join me in creating a shiplap pumpkin. It really is an easy project that will bring a little bit of autumn into your house. I think I am going to go back and get the leaf and try that on a pallet.
Small Pallet or create a pallet look with boards
Light color paint
Various Craft Paint Acrylic and Metallic (suggested)
80 & 120 grit sandpaper
Oscillating saw to saw pallet
Fall Themed Felt Decor
Picture Hanging wire and eye hooks
A Novelty Lamp For The Man In Your Life
I’ve paired up with 19 other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!
Amanda | The Kolb Corner
Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures
Kim | Made in a Day
Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation
Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles
Pili | Sweet Things
Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea
Sherry | Savvy Apron
Stacy | Anastasia Vintage
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I’m not sure which came first, the lamp from Good Will or the fishing lures from my friend. By now my friends know to ask me if I want whatever they are getting rid of. Actually I think the lamp came first. But I ended up creating a novelty lamp for the man in your life with both.
I don’t usually buy lamps but this one made me think of the outdoors. The base looks like a rope. It didn’t come with a shade so it sat naked for a few weeks. Then last week when I was in my thrift store shopping mood I found a lamp shade. It was between a flamingo pink one and this one. I am glad I choose the beach looking green shade.
A Novelty Lamp For The Man In Your LifeMy friend, Michael gave me the fishing lures. I really had something else in mind for them. As things so often happen, as I was looking at the lamp now dressed with the shade and decided the fishing lures would be perfect on the lamp shade.
A Novelty Lamp For The Man In Your LifeAnd adding the lures certainly added a little something different. What man doesn’t like to fish? And if fishing isn’t his thing try gluing on golf tees or any small items pertaining to his interests. It is a good way to show the man in your life he is special.
A Novelty Lamp For The Man In Your LifeBefore I spray painted the lamp base, I used painters tape around the socket and cord and then taped a torn up plastic bag over both to protect them. Then I used a spray paint in a satin white to freshen it up. As it dried I got to work on the lamp shade.
Novelty Lamp in spraypaintededitI got out the tape measure to measure the circumference of the shade. It is approximately 28 inches. I measured approximately 3 inches all around the shade and very lightly made a pencil mark. I used the width of the tape as a guide from the edge of the lamp shade to the edge of the tape where I made the marks. Now I realize I have an inch left over but I allowed for the thickness of the lures.
A Novelty Lamp For The Man In Your LifeI took the awl and very carefully punched a hole at the marks. Then I took the lure and inserted it into the hole. I wriggled the hook into the rolled edge of the shade and hot glued it. I did this all the way around. And be careful because the hooks are sharp.
A Novelty Lamp For The Man In Your LifeTo dress up the shade, I hot glued rope around the edge. It looked ok but I was worried about the hooks so I hot glued 3 more rows of rope around the shade. I have 2 rows on the outside and 2 on the inside of the shade. Then I felt it needed something at the top so I hot glued 2 more rows of rope on the top of the shade.
I think a novelty lamp for the man in your life just in time for a Father’s Day gift is pretty special, don’t you?