DIY Fall Pumpkin Harvest and polka dot painted birch logs

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This has to be one of my all time favorite crafts that I have made to date. It is a classy statement piece. Pair the large pumpkin with a smaller birch log pumpkin and these Harvest pumpkins can be displayed from September through November. Perfect for Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving.

Harvest Log

First gather your round birch bases – Luckily we scored these from an awesome neighbor who had a lot sitting by the side of her house. She was kind enough to part with them! Each log is cut into a 4″ thick slab. The dimensions around the flat surface of the log are approx. 12″ to 14″.  So you can imagine these are a nice size.  The smaller pumpkin is about the same thickness just half the surface size.

When you are ready paint a round circle approximately 1.5 inches from the edge in the color of your choice. Since it is fall we choosing Pumpkin orange for the large round log and cream color paint for the smaller log is easy!  Leave the edge of the log exposed as this allows the pumpkin to look more rustic.

Painting Rustic pumpkins

Allow the paint to dry. Next cut the stems for the tops of the pumpkins (which are also out of smaller birch branches). Or you can cut the vinyl for the large pumpkin. We put vinyl on the large pumpkin. To match the cute smaller pumpkin we cut our vinyl out of cream colored vinyl. Measuring the dimensions of the pumpkin we cut the word “Harvest” out of vinyl according to size of the pumpkin. Using a fancier font just adds to the classiness of this pumpkin!

Once the paint is dry you’ll want to add the vinyl. Use clear mod podge over the vinyl because the rustic wood can make it difficult for the vinyl to stay stuck down.

Applying Vinyl to Harvest Pumpkin

Using hot glue apply the birch stems onto the tops of the pumpkins. Additionally, for the small white pumpkin you can either use a polka dot template or free hand the polka dots.  Furthermore, Mod podge comes in handy for the polka dots as we used it for the base of each dot then sprinkled gold glitter onto each dot.

Bedazzle the stem of each pumpkin by using multiple types of fall ribbon, leaves etc. to create a junk bow. Each pumpkin free stands easily on their own. Ultimately I Absolutely love how these pumpkins turned out and I feel they were an easy craft to make and add to my fall decor’

Harvest Pumpkins

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