So I had been wanting to do a pumpkin craft with my 2 1/2 year old for Halloween but thought it would be fun to use something around the house. I saw the pile of branches and stump pieces my husband had collected after cutting down one of our orange trees, and envisioned a cute little stump pumpkin. Well my vision was a little thwarted after realizing the stumps were not exactly ideal (lots of bumps and lumps and pretty dense from not being dry yet). But after promising for my son for a week that he could paint the "pumpkins" I decided to go for it and just cut it with a hand saw in the garage as my two sons watched as mommy worked up a sweat cutting through the thick would. Well after a good workout I had two stump pieces and two branch pieces for the stems, not perfect but good enough.
So we took the stumps outside and I mixed some orange paint with a little water and let my son go crazy with the orange paint. But of course he quickly yelled "all done" after painting one swipe on each stump, so mommy had to finish the job while fighting of my one year old from grabbing the paint. Once they were dry I had my husband drill a hole through the little branch piece (so it wouldn't split) and then nailed it into the stump.
It's definitely not the most perfect pumpkin craft but we had fun making it and it adds a lot of character to our house for the holidays. I was thinking it would also be super cute to make a frankenstein stump with branch pieces nailed into the sides :)
Enjoy! And send me pictures of your own stump pumpkins or other stump creations!