DIY Aspen mini log pumpkins.

“ Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.”

Emily Bronte

Been up north spending a little time up at Our Little Red House. Some peace and quiet from the city. I can’t believe all the yellow flowers they have up there everywhere. All you hear are birds and the rustle of wind through all the trees. It takes some time to get used to not hearing sires and helicopters from city life.

I will do a more detailed post on that later, but first I thought I share a little craft project with you all. I am using some little logs I made from Aspen branches my son and I collected at our favorite place up north.

It looks like Spring right now from all the storms we had.

There are hundreds of these tiny lavender daisies every where.

Every thing is so green and you can feel the crisp air of Fall blowing in early in the mornings.

Think the last time I shared photos from this spot was Winter when everything was covered in snow and ice.

The leaves haven’t changed yet but it won’t be long now. Still needs to get a little cooler before that happens.

This craft project I am about to share with you is a fun one if you are like me, and love foraging through the woods for art supplies. Please check with your state’s rules when it comes to foraging. Here in Arizona we are allowed to forage small items from the ground, helps cut back on potential kindling in high fire areas. This is why they encourage foraging here in our state, for now that is.

The Indian reservations here in Arizona all have different rules though, you will have to check those rules depending on which reservation you are on. The area I am foraging in isn’t part of the White Mountain Apache tribe but it isn’t far though, a few miles I believe. So make sure when back packing that you know where you are and that you know the rules of those areas when visiting Arizona.

Supplies needed:

Mini logs- My favorite place to collect branches is across from the lake, there is a whole field of Aspen across the road not too far from the lake. You can collect any branch and cut them into small logs. Craft stores also sell bags of little logs for anyone who lives in the city and there are also parks and neighbors who have trees with branches to collect.

Drill- you will need to drill holes into the tops of your logs to glue in smaller branch stems. Or you can just glue the stems to top.

Glue gun or tacky glue

Tiny stems and branches

black sharpie pen.

White fine tip paint pen or tiny brush and white paint.

Draw faces onto your logs using your permanent marker. Add a tiny dot of white in each eye for added details.

Drill holes into tops of logs.

Add tiny stems and a dab of glue to each hole.

I used curly Q’s from my grape vines in the garden area.

That’s it, pretty simple and such a fun little craft. You can collect a whole arrangement of logs and different patterns from all your walking adventures out in the woods. Keep the little ones busy by giving them a basket to collect twigs into. Once home start making these adorable little characters. Display your little pumpkins on mantels or Fall décor in your rooms. If you have children on the Autism spectrum this is a great craft to help teach emotions. Draw out different emotions on your little pumpkins and have your children use them to let you know how they are feeling. Great way to help non verbal children learn how to communicate. Happy Fall crafting everyone.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    Great post and wonderful photos. I very much love your creativity and ability to make cute things out of wooden logs, my friend 🙂 Tree logs and fallen tree trunks are great materials for nature-inspired garden decorations, too. They can add a rustic touch to any garden and will be also fabulous centrepieces for garden landscaping 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you, you should see my garden here in the city. I have wooden logs and branches everywhere. I look at them like little sculpture and works of art. I even have walking sticks hanging up on the wall from hiking adventures when my kiddos were little. They found them in the creeks and used them to walk up hills and rocking areas. They actually look pretty on the wall.

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  2. mel says:

    Those log pumpkins are cute! I can see different characters 🙂 So clever!

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    1. Thank you Mel, think you will like making some yourself and you are always so creative. I know you will draw up some fun expressions.

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      1. mel says:

        Aww, you’re so sweet, thank you! But I didn’t think of it, and your log pumpkins are fantastic!

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  3. Chandra Lynn says:

    As usual, beautiful post. I love the little log pumpkins! So cute and way less messiness. 🙃

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    1. Thank you Chandra, yes this is a non messy craft and it doesn’t need a lot in supplies either. Make cute little toys for the kiddos.

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