Our Pottery Barn Knockoff Metal Pumpkins are the perfect DIY fall decor for those looking for big style on a small budget!
Another year, another fall, and another opportunity to decorate for the season! This year, I asked Greg if I should buy some fall decoration instead of our usual DIY fall decor.
He nearly spit out his martini and asked if I was feeling ok, LOL! He was looking at me a little strange, but then he said something that sounded a tiny bit like a “yes.”
Good enough for me!
Before he could think about it any further, I went online to see what I could find. After a time, I finally found a beautiful pumpkin at Pottery Barn! It had all the qualities I wanted: it was interesting, it was big and it was galvanized metal, so I could use it both indoors and outdoors. But there was one teensy weensy problem with it: it was $99… yes $99! For this galvanized pumpkin!
Well, you can guess what happened next, right?
After contemplating whether I should buy 2 or 3 of these pumpkins, I added 2 of them to my cart. Then, thinking what a great find it was, I took a sip from my wine and decided to get the third one. You know…just for fun! After all, we have a big money tree in our back yard, and all I needed was to pick some $100 leaves from the tree to pay for these metal pumpkins…
LOL. I WISH! What a wonderful dream though, right?
Ok, here’s what really happened.
After trying to get over my sticker shock, I asked Greg to take me to Home Depot. I already had some galvanized metal strap on hand, so I only needed some 1/4 inch nuts and a 1/4 inch threaded metal rod to come up with something similar, and that is how my Pottery Barn knockoff Metal Pumpkins project started.
Before jumping into the tutorial, I’ll list the supplies for you:
Pottery Barn Knockoff Metal Pumpkins Supplies List
- Galvanized metal strap
- 1/4 inch galvanized hex nuts – I used 3 for each pumpkin.
- 1/4 inch threaded rod – I bought a 24 inch long threaded rod, because I wanted to make 2 pumpkins. But you can also find 12 inch long threaded rods, if you are planning to make only one.
- 1/4 inch T-nuts – I used 1 for each pumpkin.
- Aluminum lawn edging – I used this to make the pumpkin leaves. As I bought mine at a tag sale, I am not sure where you can find this. My best guess would be your local hardware store. But if you can’t find it, then even burlap would be a good substitute, since you will be making leaves out of it.
- Vine-wrapped craft wire.
- Power drill and a step drill bit.
- A pair of scissors – something strong enough to cut metal.
- A pair of pliers.
- Flat black spray paint.
Pottery Barn Knockoff Metal Pumpkins Tutorial
First, I prepared the metal straps. I cut 6 metal straps, each 42 inches long for the big pumpkin and 4 metal straps, each 22 inches long for the small pumpkin.
As the straps want to curl, you will need someone’s help with this step. After cutting 10 of them, I asked Greg to help me mark the mid point of the metal straps. He took his sweet old “man time,” but eventually he helped me mark the mid points of all 10 metal straps 🙂 Look at him though – isn’t he the cutest when kneeling before his queen?? LOL. Back to the tutorial…
Once the mid-points were marked, I started drilling holes in both ends and in the mid-points of the straps. I drilled the holes slightly bigger than 1/4 inch, so they wouldn’t have a problem fitting the 1/4 inch rod.
Next, I marked the threaded rod at 12 inches (and at 6 inches for the small pumpkin), and cut it with a hacksaw. [Excuse me – who cut it with a hacksaw? -Greg]
As all of the pieces for the metal pumpkin’s body were ready, I started putting it together. First, I screwed the bottom end-nut. I chose a T-nut for the bottom end, so the pumpkin would stay nice and balanced when I put it on the floor.
Next, I threaded the straps on the rod…
…and screwed on a hex nut to secure the straps in their places.
Once I was finished with the bottom part, I started working on the top. I screwed on another hex nut about 2-3 inches below the top of the rod.
Then I started threading the straps to the top and then screwing another hex nut to secure them in their places.
Once the straps were all in, I started working on the shape of the metal pumpkin. I slightly bent the top and the bottom parts of the straps to make the whole thing resemble a pumpkin.
After I was done with the shape, I cut the excess top part of the rod with a hacksaw [*ahem!* Who cut it?? -Greg] as I had a great plan for the pumpkin’s stem. But before working on the stem, I wanted to lessen the shine of the galvanized straps. To do so, I lightly spray painted the metal pumpkin from a good distance…at least 18-20 inches away.
I only sprayed a very little bit, so only a little paint would find the metal straps. After all, I wasn’t trying to paint it entirely, but I was just trying to take the shine off by giving some black splotches here and there. Do you see the picture below? That is the effect I was going for.
Once I finished spray painting, I focused on the stem and the pumpkin leaves. I found a pumpkin leaf clip art online and printed it out to use as a pattern. Then I cut the leaf shapes from the aluminum lawn edging I had.
As I didn’t want the sharp metal to hurt anyone, I filed the edges a bit. Once I was done filing, I drilled 1/4 inch holes in the stems of the leaves.
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