I wanted to make something lightweight to hang on the knob of my china cabinet for Thanksgiving. I like the looks of a wooden pallet project but I know wood would be too heavy. Plus I don't really have very many decorations for Thanksgiving.
I came up with the idea to use foam core board and cut it to resemble pallet wood.
To begin this project I roughly drew a fat pumpkin and a stem on the form core. Next I cut both pieces out with a craft knife.
Once I had my pumpkin cut out I marked it into 5 pieces vertically. I numbered them 1 through 5.
And cut them apart.
I then cut papers to fit each piece of foam core and 6 small tags to stamp the word "Thanks".
I used Mod Podge to glue the strips of alternating orange papers to the pumpkin, let them dry and lightly sanded the edges with fine grit sandpaper.
Next I distressed the edges of each strip.
Then I cut and hot glued three supporting pieces of foam core to the backside of the pumpkin and also glued a piece of twine at the top for hanging.
Then I cut 5 freehand leaves, folded the leaves where the veins are and sanded the veins and edges.
The next step was to distress the veins and edges.
Then stamp the word " thanks" on the tags.
I strung the tags on a piece of twine and hot glued them to the pumpkin.
I curled the ends and hot glued them in place on both ends.
Then covered the stem in burlap, glued that on and glued the leaves to the pumpkin along with a few pieces of twine swirled and glued in place.
It's the perfect weight. Looks substantial yet it is very, very light for it's size.