Thumbtack Pumpkin Art

Do you know why jack-o-lanterns never quarrel? Because they have no stomach for fighting. Do you know how to repair a broken Jack-o-lantern? Buy a pumpkin patch! How do you make super cute Fall art? With thumb tacks! And mind you, just because this pumpkin is made from tacks, does not mean it’s a tacky pumpkin! And I could keep going with this, but I like you, and I want you to keep reading my blog, so I’ll stop now.

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I thought I’d get with the program and put some Fall stuff out and about…but my “Fall” decor is synonymous with my “thanksgiving” decor so feel free to fire me on those grounds. I happen to think there’s worse things than being reminded to be thankful two months early. This is my pre-Thanksgiving/Fall mantel…I say “pre” because I highly doubt I will refrain from tinkering with it for an entire 2 and half months yet.

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You too can make a non-tacky, tacky pumpkin for your very own Fall enjoying self by doing the following. Gather some tacks, a hammer, paint of your choice and a piece of random wood. Some vinyl letters are optional, they just make adding words easier.

Thumb Tack Pumkin Art

Here is what I did in a nutshell, or a pumpkin shell, whatever.

  1. Painted wood dark brown. Let dry.
  2. Stuck vinyl letters in desired location.
  3. Painted white over top, in a streaky sort of way.
  4. Pulled the letter off while the paint was still wet.
  5. Used a printed out pumpkin as a general guide as I gently tapped gold thumb tacks into the wood.
  6. The end.

One think I might mention, there’s no need to rare back and really wang at those tacks like you might a nail. Just a sturdy tap will do the trick, you don’t really want to flatten the tops of the tacks. Or your thumbs.

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I like that it adds a little sparkle in an unexpected way. I begged the use of the deer antlers from the Mister, to infuse some rustic splendor into my display. Silly man, he thinks antlers are to be used for hunting or manliness or some such nonsense. I was made to understand however, that neither principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, would preserve me if I should take it into my head to spray paint them. More’s the pity. I think they would look simply smashing with gold tips, don’t you?

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Now we’ve come to the part where I must confess. I actually made this piece upside down, the curly wood part is supposed to be at the top, not the bottom. So, instead of this being for sale in my shop as I intended, it’s on my mantle…to remind me, crafting whilst refereeing small children bent on the destruction of one another (and my house) is not always a good choice. Are you getting in the mood for Fall yet?

Isaiah 48:17   Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I amthe LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way thatthou shouldest go. 

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Sugar Bee Crafts
Chef in Training
Not Just a Housewife
Kammy's Korner
Lady Behind the Curtain
Someday Crafts
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11 Responses to Thumbtack Pumpkin Art

  1. Kathy says:

    I love your mantel pieces, the sign showing thanks is such a great idea, and paired with old windows and sheaths of grain makes for a welcoming hearth.

  2. Ooohhh! I like it so much! I will attempt to recreate this. Probably with foam board though since I’m a wimp with tools. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!

  3. Christine says:

    That is wonderful…..I’d have never thought of that. You’re a genius, thanks so much for inspiring me!

  4. Jenna says:

    So, so, so cute and clever! Love it!

  5. Love the thumbtacks! What a simple idea that turned into something beautiful. Love it!

  6. This is perfect for fall! I love focusing more on giving thanks rather than the spooky Halloweeny stuff. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow.

  7. antonella says:

    What a perfect idea… Pumpkins are just fun, aren’t they? Love the thumb tacks, because they are so simple and shiny, but make such a statement!
    I linked over from the Work it Wednesday Party where I am participating too with Spooky Spider Card and would love it if you’d stop by.
    Hugs, Antonella :-)

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  9. jamala says:

    very creative & cute… love it

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