Crafting Holidays

DIY Rustic Pumpkin Vases

Fall is officially here and I’m insanely excited about it! As I’ve said many time before, fall is my favorite season. I love the colors, the weather, and the excuse to wear a flannel shirt every single day of the week. Also, this fall is especially exciting for me because I am embarking on lots of new journeys – 200 hour yoga teacher training (I start Monday!), dissertation proposal for my PhD program, and applying for doctoral internships! But, with everything that my brain is so excited for, I have been reminding myself that it’s important to find some time to create. So, with that in mind, I made a trip to Michael’s this weekend, picked up some craft pumpkins and got to work on a super simple fall project for my home.

How To Make Rustic Pumpkin Vases

When I started my blog a few years ago, it was to find a creative output for my insanely busy brain. Graduate school had just started and I was feeling so uninspired. So, I put aside a day a week for crafting and building and began to share my ideas with readers.

Being that’s it’s fall again, that means school obligations are starting up, and I’m promising myself that I’ll still put aside some time every week to create. Also, since it’s fall, what better way to do that than with pumpkins!? Here’s how a few hours of free time turned into some cute pumpkin vases.

What You’ll Need:

Box Cutter or Carving Knife

Craft Pumpkins from Michael’s
Chalk Paint
Metallic Wax (optional)

The Steps:

1. Use a box cutter or carving knife to cut a hole in the top of your pumpkins.

2. Use your chalk paint and brush to paint thin stripes of color along the creases of your pumpkins. I chose to use CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint for this project because it’s easy to manipulate once dry.

3. Use a wet cloth to rub off some of the chalk paint for a faded, rustic look.

4. This part is optional, but I applied some CeCe Caldwell’s Metallic Wax over the chalk paint for a slight metallic touch.

5. Add some flowers to your vase for a final touch! As you can see, I used fake flowers because I am 100% the opposite of a green thumb and wanted the vases to look in bloom all season long.

There you go! Super simple and only took about an hour to complete!

Although I have a lot going on in the fall, I can’t wait to share lots of project ideas in the coming months. The fall and winter always inspire me.Also, just some last minute business:

I am teaching a workshop on October 17 in New York and would love for you to attend. Make sure to check out my event post for details on how to get involved!

Also, there is a fun giveaway taking place on Instagram this week! Maker’s Mark Branding and I have teamed up to giveaway an awesome custom package! Check it out here!

Come follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Periscope (hint – I may be hosting a fun interactive video there in the near future)!

Lastly, keep tagging those projects to #diyhunted! I love them!


Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




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