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.
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