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“DIY Halloween Pumpkin Pillars”

Create a Halloween centerpiece or room decoration by topping black pillars with miniature pumpkins. Mix post and spindle sections to make dozens of shapes.

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Tools
Table saw, miter saw, or handsaw and miter box
120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
Wood glue
Paintbrush
White chalk

Materials (from Lowe’s)
2-1/4-in x 2-1/4-in x 36-in Colonial treated deck spindle, #7954
4-in x 4-in x 54-in Colonial treated ball-top post, #42602
4-in x 4-in treated post cap, #7687
4-in x 4-in treated post cap, #7970
Valspar Signature interior satin paint, Safari Brown, #6009-1

Instructions

Step 1

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You can cut and combine sections of the spindles and ball-top posts with post caps to create the height and shape of pillars you like. In the photo above, for example, the far left pillar combines post section A with two different post caps. The center left pillar combines sections A and B from two posts, and the two pillars on the right combine short versions of post section B with spindle section E. You can make pillars (not shown) from individual sections, such as post section C, post section D, and spindle section F.

Step 2
Cut spindles and posts at different locations along their turned profiles or the square sections. Note: When cutting spindles and posts, trim the flat, square sections last. You’ll need these to anchor the parts to the base and fence of a miter saw or the crosscut fence of a table saw.

Good to Know

When working with pressure-treated wood products, wear a dust mask and eye protection when cutting the wood. Wash your hands after handling the wood, and launder clothes separately afterward. Never burn leftover scraps of treated wood; discard them with your trash.

Step 3

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Use the 4-in-wide post or 2-1/4-in-wide spindle sections alone or in combinations, or mix sections of posts with spindles. You can also add post caps to serve as a base or display area for pumpkins. Where necessary, glue and clamp the sections together.

Step 4

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Sand the spindle and post sections in the direction of the grain (wear a dust mask and eye protection). Then brush on a coat of paint — we used Valspar Signature in Safari Brown (#6009-1) — and let dry.

Step 5

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Rub chalk over the painted pillars, working it into the grooves of the profile. Then use a soft cloth to wipe off the chalk until you achieve a look you like.

Step 6
Place pumpkin-shape gourds or small pumpkins on the flat tops of the pillars and group them as you like.

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