A few weekends ago when we were working on our basement remodel we were in the process of putting the new air ducts in. When I say we, I really mean Tad. He has done 99% of the work so far. I am more of the design and decorate part of the remodel. He is the demolition and build part. So right now there isn’t much for me to do since Tad is working on framing and plumbing. I do help hold things up when he calls for assistance.
It was during one of these assisting times where I noticed some discarded venting laying on the floor. Having fall fever, I couldn’t help but notice that it looked somewhat like a pumpkin. A cute galvanized pumpkin. My mind started working on how to make my idea come to life. I asked Tad if he would be needing those venting pieces. He did need them so I made a quick trip to Home Depot to get what I needed for this project. You can find the supplies you will need to make your pumpkin in the air duct aisle at Home Depot.
This is what you will need:
- 4 – 4 inch elbow pieces
- 1 – 3 inch Vent Pipe collar
- Hot glue gun and glue
- red solo cup
- floral foam
- something for a stem, I used a stick
- filler (for around the stem)
- any other items to decorate the stem
Be careful when handling the metal pieces. The edges may be sharp and you could cut your hand.
The first thing that you are going to do is to turn each metal elbow piece so that they are all curving the same way. The elbows have the ability to pivot at each line that runs around it.
Once you have them all curved correctly place them in a circle, with a ridged edge near a smooth edge, like you see in the picture below.
Now this is the tricky part.
You are going to have to put each end together to form the circle. Only they are not going to want to all fit in. You will get to the last one and one side will pop out. This is what I figured out in my 20 minutes of wrestling with it trying to get it all to fit. They will fit, just not all the way down. Maybe if you have He-man muscles you might be able to get them to fit all the way down so that the ridged edge doesn’t show, but I do not. So you are going to end up with just a little bit of the ridge edge sticking out.
– It adds more character to the pumpkin-
Now that you have it all together carefully slip out one connecting spot and run some hot glue around the ridged edge and then slide it back together. Work semi quickly as the glue tends to dry fast. The good thing about gluing on metal is that the glue easily pulls off! So if your glue does dry to quickly, just pull it off and start over. Now it is starting to look more like a cute galvanized pumpkin and less like building materials!
Now we are going to add the Vent pipe collar or what I like to call the circle disc, to cover up the large hole in the center of your pumpkin. You can see mine in the picture below is a little beat up.
Here is what happened:
I thought- oh wouldn’t it be cute to bend the edges of the circle disc down so it could slide right into the middle of the pumpkin?!
I found out that:
1.You would probably need some special tools to bend it down correctly.
2. Yet again, I do not have He-man muscles and am not that strong that I can bend it with my hands.
My circle disk is a little beat up from being hammered with heavy objects trying to get it to bend and then trying to get it back to its original form. Lesson learned, just leave yours the way it is!
Take your glue gun and put a dab of glue on each of the raised edges that the circle disc touches.
Remember to work semi quickly as the glue tends to dry fast.
Now we are going to create a holder for our stem. If you want your entire pumpkin to be galvanized then they do sell vent caps that you can buy for this next step. If you want to save some money, grab your red solo cup. You are going to take your cup and cut off the bottom portion of the cup. We will need both pieces so do not throw it away! I cut from the top edge of my cup and cut across the cup near the middle. Once it was cut I placed the bottom part of the cup inside the top part as seen below.
Then I took some tape (painters tape of course, because what else does a re-modeler have on hand?!) and securely taped the bottom of the cup to the top portion of the cup. I then flipped my pumpkin upside down and glued the rim of the solo cup to the rim of the the circle disc. Once you have done that flip your pumpkin back over to right way.
Then, I take your floral foam and cut it down to size and glued it to the inside of the solo cup. Get the item that you will be using for a stem and press it down into the floral foam. If your item is wobbly, add a bit of hot glue to the bottom of it.
To decorate my pumpkin I used flexible Gold Wire and wrapped it around my finger to make a coil.
For the filler I used dead ferns that were in my yard. This would make another great filler for your pumpkin.
You can decorate your pumpkin with any form of fall accessories that you like.
You can leave it natural.Add some berries for a pop of color.
Or you can go more neutral and add some Cotton Stems.
Now you have your own Galvanized Pumpkin to add to your fall decor!
You can find my $2 Thanksgiving pillow tutorial here.
How do you like the pumpkin decorated the best?
Natural, berries or cotton stems?
Check out more DIY pumpkin projects in my round up post of 25 DIY Pumpkin projects
I will be linking up HERE.