Monday, October 24, 2011

Guest Post: Lolly Jane Boutique

Hi Mommy by Day Readers!  We're happy to take over Ashley's blog for a day.  She's so cute & talented, we're honored she asked us to visit (:

Here's a little bit about us:
We're identical twin sisters, Kristi & Kelli from Lolly Jane.

We run a DIY craft blog full of ideas and inspiration to help you spruce up your space!  You'll find everything from:
Check out our always growing page of tutorials.  

Today we're sharing an easy project you can use for both Halloween decor or fall/Thanksgiving.  Enjoy! (:

I was looking for inspiration for my Halloween swap gift and of course began browsing my Pinterest Halloween board where I saw this cute tut.  I got to work and within my daughters naptime, had a fun pumpkin trio set for my swap partner:
Note: I did alter the original tutorial slightly :)

To make your own, you'll need:
  • (1) 2x4: Cut in sizes 6", 8" and 10" heights 
  • (1) Chunky stick, cut into 3 pieces with saw
  • (3) Headless nails 
  • Chisel & Hammer (wear gloves)
  • Mouse sander
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint 
  • Coordinating brown ribbon

To make these bad boys:
{Part 1}
1. Cut a 2x4 into 3 sizes: 6", 8" and 10"
2. Use mouse sander to sand away splinters/rough edges
3. Use chisel to create pumpkin-like grooves
4. Discover 4-year old's pictures while you were chiseling ;)
5. Smother blocks in orange pumpkin-y paint
6. Distress pumpkins with black paint

Take a break and catch up on DVR'd shows wait for paint to dry :)

{Part 2}
1. After paint is dry, drill nail-size hole into wood
2. Add wood glue onto headless nail
3. Insert headless nail into drilled hole
4. Cut wood stick into 3 pieces (mine are between 1.5-2.5")
5. Drill hole into stick
6. Lightly hammer stick into nail so there's no gap
When wood glue is dry, top with ribbon and that's that! 

Your pumpkin trio set is all ready for display:

Thanks again, Ash, for letting us hang out.  Feel free to swing by our weekend link parties, chat with us on FB, tweet along or pin with us! 



  1. Love the Lolly Jane girls! These pumpkins are adorable! Great tutorial.


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