Hello Pumpkin

As the fall breezes start to blow the golden leaves over the landscapes and pumpkin pie spice everything appears in our kitchens, lattes and candles, let's get cozy by the fire and create a unique and eye-catching String & Nail Pumpkin with a DIY Art kit from Three & Me. I wish I could be teaching this popular class in person again, but I guess 2020 had different ideas for us!



Order your kit here and follow along to create your beauty!

Or source your own supplies and find inspiration in this post.



The DIY Art Kit includes:


  • 1 wood pallet 

  • 1 string and nail pumpkin template

  • 1 oz of 1 inch nails

  • 0.8 oz organic, undyed natural cotton string 

  • natural PNW stem

  • raffia

  • paint in burnt umber, white and orange

  • reusable sponge brush

  • 1 stencil wedge

  • 1 stencil 


  You will need from your end:

  • paper plates

  • paper towels

  • hammer

  • scissors

  • hot glue or super glue for pumpkin stem


Note before you start:


There are a number of ways to do this, depending on how arty you feel. You can either paint your own pumpkin freehand or you can use the included tissue template.

  • If you choose to paint your own pumpkin shape, then you should paint before you hammer in the nails.

  • If you want to use the template, then hammer the nails through the template, remove the template and then paint.

I'll cover both techniques during this post and hope it feels as though you are a part of a real live art class!



You'll start with a blank, but pre-assembled pallet.



It has be sanded for you, but if you want it even smoother sand the edges for a more rounded look.



Smooth and lovely to touch!



Mix up your stain. Your kit includes an acrylic burnt umber. Mix up some of your brown stain with water, making a puddle. You can add a splash of white or grey to it, for dimension and texture, but this is not necessary.



Rub the paint onto your board with the broadest side of your sponge brush and wipe off excess with a paper towel.

Allow it to dry fully. As it dries the color will become a little more opaque.




At this point you have a choice to freehand your pumpkin or use the template.

This is what the template looks like if you are choosing to nail the pumpkin shape first and then paint it.




Method 1: Freestyle Pumpkin

If you are drawing your own pumpkin, use a piece of chalk or a pencil to outline a pumpkin shape. Pumpkins aren't perfect, so there's no pressure to be exact.




Blend some orange paint with with a bit of white paint for natural texturing on your pumpkin. Leave it streaky!



Keep the lighter streaks on one side of the pumpkin for more accurate shadowing.



You are now ready to hammer in your nails. Without using a template, keep your nails about a thumb width apart.

Please note: If you painted the pumpkin yourself, do not use the template for the nailing- it will not match up!



Method 2: Template Pumpkin

If you are using the tissue template, lay it over the stained and dried pallet, leaving enough room for the stem at the top and the word at the bottom.



Standing up while you hammer, will give you a better angle on your nails. You want to hit the nails as perpendicularly as possible, so that they go into the wood around 90 degrees. Hammering at an angle, will cause your nails to be crooked.




Hit the nails into the wood until they are stable. If they feel like wiggly milk teeth, then they need to go in further! Wiggle each one as you go along. You can even them out at the end. You'll find your groove. Some people start timidly and by the end they're hitting those nails with much more courage! It's a great stress relief!




Once all your nails are in, tear off the template, and then paint the pumpkin.




Make sure the paint is dry and wipe excess paint off the nails, or your yarn will get paint on it!




Starting at a natural junction, tie your yarn around a nail and make a knot. Be sure that there is a sufficient 'tail' left to neaten up the design at the end. Do not clip the end off at this stage, in case it unravels your stringing!




Wrap your string around each nail and outline the perimeter of the design for a neat edge. Do not cut it off! If your string breaks during this process, just tie it to the closest nail and carry on from there with a new piece of string.




Ziz-zag back and forth across the segments until they have enough coverage for your liking. I like to fill out the outside thirds first, so that the inside seems to pop a bit more, but as long as you aren't going outside of your outline, you will be fine!




You can, if you choose, add another outline around the center if you want more dimension. Tie the end of your string to the starting tail for a neat finish. Tie a triple knot, cut off the long ends and tuck the ends under the design. You can use a bit of clear nail polish or hot glue to secure the ends in place.




Only you will know where the ends are!




To show you what others have done in my workshops, take a look...

They are all beautiful and unique pieces! There are no rights and wrongs in art!



Glue your stem onto the top of your pumpkin with hot glue.




Optional extra is to tie raffia around the stem before gluing it in place.




Stenciling:


Stencil the word underneath your pumpkin with the white paint provided.

To illustrate the technique I have used images from a previous blog post.

Peel off the grid layer backing, to expose the sticky stencil.




Apply the stencil sticky-side down onto the wood and remove the connective top layer.




Using the sponge wedge provided, apply 2-3 SUPER thin layers of paint onto your stencil, allowing the paint to dry between each application. Do not use too much paint, or it WILL run.




Once the paint is dry, remove the stencil, using a spare nail to help.




Display your unique new piece of art with pride!!! Below is a bit more inspiration from past workshops I've held:



Please share your completed projects with me via Instagram or Facebook with tags @threeandme or #threeandme


Wishing you a lovely, healthy and cozy fall.


#fall #autumncrafts #pumpkin #stringandnail #stringandnailpumpkin #thankful




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Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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