OK, I have a quick little Fall DIY for you today!! Seriously, if you leave the beads unfinished this DIY wood bead pumpkin will take you 5 minutes to make!!
How To Make A Wood Bead Pumpkin
Dyeing The Beads
For this project, I’m using 16mm natural unfinished wood beads. I am going to dye mine but you can totally leave them the natural wood tone and your bead pumpkin will come out just as cute!
When I recently made my wood bead wreath, I used this fun technique for quickly dyeing wood beads without the hassle of trying to paint each one.
I filled a plastic container with super hot water added a couple of tablespoons of dark brown rit dye and gave the beads a bath for a few minutes.
Drain it out after about 5 minutes and give the beads a quick rinse and they turn out looking like you painstakingly stained each one!!
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Using 18 gauge copper wire ( I found it over with the picture hanging supplies at Lowe’s; I’m sure you could pick it up with the jewelry-making supplies at the craft store too). This wire is thicker than floral wire and stiffer.
Next, I cut 4 pieces to about a foot long (totally eyeballed it!) and crisscrossed them on my work table.
I just twisted them all together in the center…by the way, this craft is super simple…we’ll be done in a couple of minutes!!
Then I threaded the 12 beads onto each branch of the copper wire.
This project can be adjusted for size…less or more wood beads depending on how large you want it to be.
Making the Wood Bead Pumpkin
After I finished stringing on the beads I twisted the wires tightly to secure the wood beads in place ( I put on my work gloves because it was a little tough on my fingers).
Just use your hand to shape it into a pumpkin shape then push the bottom down flat to make the base.
I yanked a leaf off of a Fall pick and brushed it with copper paint to pop on top of the pumpkin.
Finished Wood Bead Pumpkin
And here’s my little pumpkin!! I love the darker wood and copper tones in my kitchen this Fall!