Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"It's a Pumpkin Totem Pole!!"

That's what my friend Carrie said when she saw these guys!! Too funny. The stacks of pumpkins - I told you I was painting pumpkins like crazy- are for the silent auction at our  church craft show  this weekend. They are a spin off of the the large flower I made this Spring.
They are painted on old burner covers, metal platters from the dollar store and pizza pans. I had some of  these on hand but they sell the burner covers, metal platters and pizza pans at the Dollar Tree so even if you buy new - $3.00 for the pumpkins. A spritz of metal primer and then just paint them orange and put some super cute faces on them. The bucket was a dollar at Michael's. I added the polka dots with craft paint.
I used some quick set cement to secure a 1x2 in the bucket. It's 4 feet tall and painted green. The 1x2 cost 98 cents and it made two totems! The 50 lb. bag of quick set cement was about $6.00 at Home Depot and I have enough left to do 2 or 3 more and I made 3 already. So a good deal. You could use Plaster of Paris if you were keeping the totem inside but the cement makes it ok to put outside
 on a protected porch.
I put some crinkly Easter Grass in the bucket to cover the cement.

I tied ribbon and strips of torn fabric and tulle around the 1x2.
 The pumpkin faces are just screwed to the 1x2 post.
I put these guys outside my office door where the flower was all Summer. The kids noticed it right away this morning and loved it!! It's pumpkin time and it actually feels like Fall this week in Atlanta!!

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  1. Wow, that is great. I hope you will link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.


  2. What a fun way to use your old burner covers!


  3. I love how you make this sound so easy. It would not be for me, but I love the results. Can't believe you made this so cheaply. This is nicer than most store bought decor. I am a new follower from Whatever Goes Wednesday. Vicky from www.messforless.net

  4. Just wanted to swing by and let you know that I featured your project tonight on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

  5. Adorable. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to our party Show and Share. Make sure to come back this week and link up your latest projects. We would love to see them.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  6. This is so cute that I'm pinning it. Thanks. ~ Maureen

  7. Love this! It is our craft project for the week :-) Thanks!!

    1. david and michelle, Thank you for featuring this project :)

  8. I LOVE how these turned out! So cute and festive :)

    Thanks for linking up to the Great Pumpkin Party this month! I'll be featuring them this Sunday over at www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com!

    xo, Meredith

  9. I think this is super cute!

    Just wanted you to know that I've featured your Pumpkin Totem pole in my 36 Halloween Party Decorating Ideas. You can find the post here: http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/10/36-halloween-party-decoration.html

    Thanks for Sharing!
    Anna @ Bean Bug Crafts

  10. Your cute totems have inspired me! We do an art auction each spring & each class has to have a creation. I am going to use your totem idea & have the children paint sunflowers - yellow/red/orange handprints & in the center brown thumbprints & finger dots. I told our PTO I wanted my very new K class to start working on this soon so I don't have it hanging over my head at the last minute. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  11. What is the 1x2? Where did you buy it for 98 cents?

    1. The 1 x 2 is the board that all of the faces are attached to. I bught it at Home Depot. It's a 1x2x8 and I cut it in 2 four foot sections and it makes 2 pumpkin totems.