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Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign

October 15, 2014
Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign | View From The Fridge

Last weekend we had a party at our house.  It’s been a while since we’ve had a crowd over, and I have officially decided that I’m just not a good host.  We hosted a ‘Living Room Concert’ by Ben Kyle from the band Romantica (they’re local in Minneapolis, but have also played at SXSW and other bigger venues, so you might know ’em).  I had grand plans for the food, drinks, and decor, and then I always run out of time.  My sangria wasn’t made.  Matt’s Apple Cider Bourbon drink was still simmering in a pot on the stove.  My cute chalkboard labels for the food were sitting in a pile at one side of the table …. blank (where they remained the entire party). The food was still on the catering trays (I totally wanted to put it on my own trays and pretend like I made and prepared it all …  #liar).  I was just lucky to be showered and dressed, I guess.

But … I did make a cute Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign for our porch (priorities, I tell ya!).  I’m sure no one even really noticed it  … or cared about it (probably would have much preferred the Sangria to be made instead), but anyway … I’m sharing it with y’all today.

The Living Room Concert, however was a total blast!  He sings a little … tells some funny stories of growing up in Ireland (and then in North Minneapolis), his wife and 4 kids, his career as a singer/songwriter/band member, and his family and life in general.

Here’s a little snippet from one of his songs (Baby Ben and I were chillin’ in the back row for the show, and this is the best recording I could manage with one hand free and only a phone on me):

It’s hard to tell from that little snippet, but he was AWESOME and so entertaining!  I just hope everyone else that came enjoyed it as much as we did!

But, back to the all important details on the night (ha!), and the reason why you’re probably here …. the Tree Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign on the front porch …

Now … I’ve seen a lot of these tree stump signs popping up around the Pinterest world, but I thought I’d give mine my own little twist using tree branches and actual REAL leaves (because you know we’ve got plenty of those around these days)!!

Here’s how I made this fancy little guy …

First, you’ll need:

SUPPLIES

  • Wood stump plaque … similar to this ONE
  • Orange Craft Paint
  • White Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes (one larger for orange paint, one smaller for the wording)
  • A 1/2″ Wooden Dowel cut down to 6-8″ long
  • Drill and and 1/2″ drill bit
  • A stick from your yard (will be the stem)
  • A couple leaves from your yard (will be the leaves of the pumpkin)

And here’s the How-To:

PROCESS

  1. Paint the face of your tree stump orange.  No need for measuring, tracing, stenciling … you don’t need to be exact or perfect here.  Just leave a little bit of the tree showing around the edges.Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge
  2. Let that dry, then I simply used a pencil to sketch on the word WELCOME and used a smaller paint brush with white paint to create the word.  Again … nothing near perfect, here.Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge
  3. Next, you’ll need your drill and drill bit.  Make two holes:
    1. The first hole in the top of the stump for the stemWood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge
    2. The second on the back of the stump, near the bottom (about 1″ up).  This will be where the dowel rod goes to hold the stump up.Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge
  4. Cut your dowel rod down to about 6″ long and shove into the hole you just drilled to act as a stand for the signWood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge
  5.  Find some leaves and a stick that fits in the hole you just drilled from your yard.  Place the stems of the leaves into the hole and shove the stick in after to secure them.Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge

That’s it folks!  My twist on the tree stump sign for Halloween using a couple items from your yard.

Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge

Wood Stump Pumpkin Welcome Sign  |  View From The Fridge

 

Welcome your guests this Fall with this easy Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign with a little paint and some items from your yard!  Check out the simple step-by-step tutorial here!

Our fancy 5 Minute Wreath on the door also says WELCOME.  Think it’s overkill?  We just really want to WELCOME  you, apparently.  I don’t really care (and also, I’m pretty sure maybe two people from the party probably noticed my signs).

Welcome your guests this Fall with this easy Pumpkin Tree Stump Welcome Sign with a little paint and some items from your yard!  Check out the simple step-by-step tutorial here!

 

Thanks for stopping over today! I’d love to hear your tips for hosting. Does it just take practice? Better preparation? More Organization? Less wine (ha!)? Can I even learn to be a better hostess or should I just give up now?!? I need some help in this department, people!

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47 Comments

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts October 15, 2014 at 6:15 am

    This is really cute! I love the little stick/stem and leaves that you added. I wish I could give you some awesome hosting advice, but I’m just like you! Lots of grand plans and if half of them get done I’m lucky. Fortunately I hang out with people who don’t really care about the details as long as there’s beer in the fridge :)
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    • Reply Katie October 15, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Well… Most people we hang out with also couldn’t care less about my cute details. There was plenty of cold beer and wine available, so at least we had that going for us! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!! Made me smile!

      • Reply Jan October 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

        I made these before I saw yours but I made mine from oak trees and afte painting them and finishing with stems and leaves, about 2 days later, big cracks appeared in them, starting splitting open. I tried sealing them before painting but that didn’t work either. Bummer! :(

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl October 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I love your welcome sign. Hosting can get really nerve racking for me, but I have decided that is just me and the day of a get together, I am going to be a mess running around trying to get it all done. I have learned a glass of wine right before everybody arrives really helps! 😉
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  • Reply Leslie @ House on the Way October 15, 2014 at 7:07 am

    This project is so cute! I love it and pinning!

  • Reply Leigh Anne October 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

    This is so cute! Your porch is very welcoming, I love it :-)
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  • Reply Jillian October 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

    This is such a great idea! I have 3 cords of wood waiting to burn. I may have to give one log an executive pardon and slice it up for some sort of Christmas decor. Wait, is that really a pardon?
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  • Reply Katie @ Little House of Four October 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This is SO cute! Seriously, the best wood slice project I’ve seen in a long time! I love the addition of the stick and leaves. I would love for you to link this awesome project up to Your Designs This Time! The party goes live at 8:00 every Monday! P.S. I would have totally noticed that awesome pumpkin if I came to your party :)
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  • Reply Kristi October 15, 2014 at 9:38 am

    First of all … a concert in your very own living room! What a brilliant idea! SO much fun!!!

    And that little pumpkin is the cutest! LOVE the twig and leaves and that dowel in the back is totally genius! LOVE it!
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  • Reply RandiG @FrugElegance October 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Really Great Idea!! I wanna make one!!
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  • Reply Mila October 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Ha, it reminds of my Halloween party from 2 years ago. No food on time,no food labels ready. But I was in the costume and whole house was covered in fake cobwebs (& real ones probably too;)).I think that people don’t really care that much about this stuff, as long as they’re having a good time :)
    I love wood crafts and I love pumpkins, so this is perfect combo if you ask me!
    I would love if you share it with my fall themed party Big Autumn Bash,so I can feature you:
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2014/10/big-autumn-bash-the-link-party.html

    xx
    Mila
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  • Reply Funky Junk Interiors October 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Sooooo adorable! What a great idea to use with those wood rounds! Pinned!

  • Reply Maryann @ Domestically Speaking October 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    That is so stinkin’ cute! Love it!

  • Reply Breanna October 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    SO stinkin adorable!! I love it :) Pinned!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney October 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Wow this pumpkin turned out adorable! Your whole front patio area looks so inviting.
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  • Reply AmieJo October 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I love it. It is so cute.
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  • Reply Michelle @TheGraciousWife.com October 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Cute! We had a tree fall at our house this summer during a storm, and I’ve been looking for things to do with the leftovers. This is super cute, and looks simple too (If I can convince my husband to cut it! I’m not so handy with the tools! lol) Pinning
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  • Reply Sarah October 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Love it! What a fun little project!

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  • Reply Yasmina @ Mina and Her Blog October 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Your patio is inviting! And the pumpki?? Gorgeous..Of course you tipped it off with an actual Leaf haha

  • Reply Cathy October 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Loing this idea, so cute, creative and easy to make! The perfect project! Love the real stem top! Stopping by from I should be mopping the floor link party.
    Cathy

  • Reply Jenny October 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    What a cute idea! Simple and yet makes a statement!

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  • Reply Nici October 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

    This little pumpkin welcome sign is absolutely darling! I love how you added some real leaves to it. I’d be thrilled if you shared this at my Creative Ways Link Party this week! It goes live at 8pm central on Wednesday. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici
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  • Reply Kayla October 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    This is so incredibly simple, but it’s just so cute! I love it!
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  • Reply Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle October 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    This is just too cute for words! I love the leaf on the top and the color, and what wonderful idea to add the dowel to make it stand up, I totally would have just used something to prop it up. We would love for you to join us at Party in Your PJs…I am sure everyone would enjoy it
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  • Reply heather @french press October 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    so cute and perfect for a fall front porch

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    This is such a cute and creative idea! I have never seen a tree stump pumpkin sign before but I definitely have to make one now.

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  • Reply Angeline P September 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    What a great idea! I love this! I totally understand the pressures of being a good hostess. Never really works out for me either :) But I have learned that it is better to spend time with the people you love than worry if everything looks right!
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    • Reply Katie September 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Amen!! Thanks for stopping by, Angeline! Happy {almost} Fall!

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