So…I thought, lets combine the two and build something for Halloween. Thus came about Picket Pumpkins.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
1) An Old picket fence with at least 3 “pickets” on it
2) Small ½ inch nails (can recover from taking fence apart)
3) 1 can of orange spray paint (~$4 at Home Depot)
4) 1 can of black spray paint (99 cents at Home Depot).
5) Several sheets of paper (8.5 by 11 inches, standard sheets you put into a printer)
6) Disposable Gloves (optional)
7) Old paint for primer (optional)
8) A large soup can or bread crumbs container or a large plastic cup.
2) Jig saw (alternative: coping saw, or even a hand saw)
5) Sand paper
6) Workbench (optional)
8) Paint brush (optional)
10) Clamps (optional)
11) Fast square (optional)
12) Circular saw (alternative: hand saw)
14) Face mask
15) Spray paint holder (optional)
17) Something with a straight edge (Fast Square for example)
Step 2: Take the Fence Apart
Take the fence apart carefully. Pop each picket off the picket fence. You should just tap them in the back with a hammer and they should come right off. Usually only small nails are holding the fence together. Make sure you save the pickets and the backboard that held the pickets together.
Step 3: Clean Up the Pickets and Take Out the Nails.
Step 4: Prime the Pickets (Optional)
Step 5: Setup the Picket Tops
Take your soup can and one picket, and put it so a quarter of the circle is at the top of the picket. Draw out this quarter on the picket.
Step 6: Cut the Picket Tops
Take another picket, and line the backs of the two pickets (the one with the drawn quarter circle on top) together. I recommend clamping the two pickets together. Next take your jig saw, and cut the quarter circle out of the two pickets. You want the two together so you get the same quarter circle on both sides.
Step 7: Draw the Outline for a Face in the Pickets (Optional)
I highly recommend doing this step at the same time as steps 5 and 6.
Take an 8.5x11 sheet of paper and put it long ways along one picket. Draw straight lines along the sides of the paper onto the picket. Next, get out the soup can and line it up next to the two lines to get a 1/8 of a circle line above (and one below) the lines you drew from the paper. These will be the marks you need to cut out the face.
Step 8: Cut Out the Face (optional, Goes With the Last Step)
Take another picket, and line the backs of the two pickets (the one with the lines drawn on it). together. I recommend clamping the two pickets together. Next take your jig saw, and cut the 2 straight lines, then the 1/8 circles out of the two pickets. This will give you the two sides of the face. When done, combine the 2 pickets with a third for the middle to make the picket pumpkin.
Step 9: Cut the Supports for the Picket From the Backboard.
Take the 2 pickets you cut from the steps above, and get a 3rd uncut picket. Put them together (if you have not already done so) so the cut pickets are on the outside. Take the backboard from the original picket fence, and roughly draw a cut line along it that is a ½ inch shorter than the width of the 3 pickets. Then cut off that piece of wood. Repeat this again for a top piece for the 3 pickets.
Step 10: Cut a Stake for the Pickets From the Backboard.
Again using the backboard, cut a 45 degree angle at the bottom of the backboard (for the bottom of the stake). Then cut the stake off the backboard about 12 inches up.
Step 11: Put the Pickets on the Backboard
Step 12: Put the Stake on the Pickets
Just as in the last step, put the stake onto the bottom of the pickets, make some pencil marks as to where to put nails into the stake so that it will be attached to the middle picket. I put in about 3- 4 nails into the stake.
Step 13: Give It a Coat of Orange Paint
First, remember to put goggles, face mask, and latex gloves on. Especially with younger ones. Next, take your can of orange paint and lightly stray it back and forth on the front of the pickets. Do this till the entire front is orange. When done, set the pickets somewhere safe to dry.
Step 14: Create an Eye, Nose, (optional Ear)
Step 15: Create a Half of the Mouth, Optional Nose With Whiskers
Unfortunately I did not get a picture of this step, I was a bit rushed for time and the kids where already done cutting and wanting to do the next step before I got around to take pictures.
Step 16: Spray Paint the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth
Once done, proceed down to the nose (and whiskers if included). Let the entire thing dry out, then find a spot in the ground to push the stake in.
Originally we built 5 of these on one can of orange paint. Unfortunately 2 went home with my kids friends before I got a picture.