HOW TO MAKE A WOOD PUMPKIN

Three DIY wooden pumpkins on porch.

Welcome to my DIY Wooden Pumpkin Tutorial! Get ready to add a touch of rustic charm to your fall decor with this fun and easy project. Aren’t they cute? Best Part? They don’t rot in this Alabama sun! In this tutorial, I’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of how to make a wood pumpkin from scratch. So grab your supplies and let’s get started on crafting wood pumpkins that will be the centerpiece of your fall decorations!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY PUMPKIN

SCRAP WOOD/WOOD PALLETS

CARDBOARD/PAPER

PENCIL

JIGSAW

NAILGUN

WOOD GLUE

PAINT

STEPS FOR HOW TO MAKE WOOD PUMPKINS

STEP 1 : GATHER SCRAP WOOD

Gathering scrap wood is not hard. I was able to pick up some pallet wood at my local Harbor Freight for free!  That’s right, they were just piled up by the dumpster so I asked inside and was told, “Just take it!” How nice, right? You can usually find some on Facebook Marketplace or your Nextdoor App as well.

STEP 2 FOR A DIY WOOD PUMPKIN: MAKE A PUMPKIN TEMPLATE

So the first thing I did was draw my pumpkins on cardboard to use as a template.  You could also use a piece of paper or even just draw right on the wood. I wanted three pumpkins of varying sizes so a template was useful in determining the amount of wood strips I would need.

Template to DIY wooden pumpkin.

STEP 3 FOR DIY WOOD PUMPKINS: ATTACH WOOD PIECES

Select the pieces of wood you want to use, making sure you have enough room to draw your pumpkin once the pieces are attached.

Attach the wood pieces together using support boards. We did this by cutting strips of thin plywood; gluing them on and then stapling with brad nails.   Make sure your nails aren’t too long.  You don’t want them to come through on the other side.

Attaching plywood pieces together for a diy wooden pumpkin.

STEP 4 FOR DIY WOODEN PUMPKINS: DRAW AND CUT OUT PUMPKIN

Now, using your template, trace your pumpkin on the front side.  Once you have it like you like it, you can now cut it out.  So, like me, you might be asking, “How to cut a pumpkin out of plywood?” I let hubby do this with his JigSaw. Power tools scare me!

Cutting out pumpkin shape with a jigsaw.

STEP 5 FOR HOW TO MAKE A WOOD PUMPKIN: CREATE A BASE

So now you need a base in order for your pumpkin to stand on its own. We used a 1×4 piece of wood and cut it  the same width of the pumpkin; then screwed it on.  I made three pumpkins varying the size of each one; like a little family of pumpkins. Once  I made sure they would all stand well, I was ready to paint! They actually look good not painted, don’t you think?

STEP 5 FOR A DIY WOODEN PUMPKIN (OPTIONAL): PAINT

Finally, the fun part! For me anyway! You don’t have to paint your wood pumpkins, but it sure makes them cute! Any kind of paint will do.  I actually used chalk paint that I found at Walmart in the colors yellow, orange, and white.  I now love and use DIY paint for all my projects! So, have fun painting any way and in any color you’d like!  You could paint each strip of wood a different color or blend several colors like I did. You might also want to add a bow or some leaves around the stem.

As you put the finishing touches on your DIY wood pumpkin, take a moment to admire your handiwork and revel in the satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands. In this case, I really had to admire my husband’s handiwork! I drew the pumpkin and painted it, but he did the actual cutting of the wood. His comment: “I’m gonna need you to brag on me a little bit.” So that’s what I’m doing!

Three DIY Wooden pumpkins displayed outside.

Whether you choose to display your pumpkin indoors or outdoors, it’s sure to be a standout piece that adds warmth and character to any space. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with this tutorial and that it has inspired you to give it a try. Let me know in the comments below if you do and how it turned out!

If you’re looking for more DIY Pumpkin Painting Ideas, Check out my other tutorials:

THE ART OF RESIN CASTING, PAINTING PLASTIC POTS, AND DIY METALLIC PUMPKINS

Happy creating, and may your fall season be filled with joy, warmth, and plenty of pumpkin-spiced goodness!

Until next time,

XO,Joanie

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