DIY Wooden Pumpkins

Fall Porch Decor LeroyLime

Okay y'all, I've stepped out of my paper cut comfort zone, into the world of wood and scary saws...

and I am in LOVE!!

I picked up some small picket fence boards and snagged a few pots of 50 cent clearance paint from
Home Depot and got to work.

I knew I wanted to make two pumpkins, one big and one small, so I separated my pile of wood 
accordingly, grabbed a piece of scrap wood and screwed into each picket section from the back.
It'll shift on you, if you leave it as such, so grab a smaller piece of scrap and diagonally fix it to
your cross bars.

I took a pencil and rough sketched out a pumpkin on the backs, next time I'll put my sketch on the front since the cross bars were a bit in my way. Lesson learned and I wouldn't learn if I didn't try!

DIY Wooden Pumpkins

My work station all set up on our driveway, I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy! 

I clamped down one side of each piece and taking a jigsaw, cut off the extra pieces along my rough
sketch. I have to say it was quite satisfying with each section that dropped to the ground. 

DIY Wooden Pumpkins

I flipped the board over, re clamped and cut out the other side of my pumpkins. 

Next the sanding, over the entire fronts and sides...buzzzzzzzzz...I rounded the bottoms a bit more 
with the jigsaw, until I was happy with my pumpkins.

DIY Wooden Pumpkins

Couldn't pass up the steal on paint... I snagged 6 pots for 50 cents a piece...colors I know I'll use for
future projects and even it I don't, I didn't break the bank!

Not sure why in the bottom right photo the paint looks grey, it's a brown...

DIY Wooden Pumpkins

I cut the end off of a cheap brush to make it firmer and sort of tapped, dry brushed with that, finishing
up with a paper towel to blend. (Just on the brown pumpkin to give it more detail.)

DIY Wooden Pumpkins

A quick clear coat of poly and they are proudly displayed on our front porch. I'm just excited they
won't rot and I'll have to throw them away!

DIY Wooden Pumpkins

 If you have a pile of scrap wood lying around, give these a try, they sure were fun to make!

DIY Wooden Pumpkins


Unknown said...

So cute, thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

These look beautiful and I love the way they compliment your fall d├ęcor! I'm a little jealous of your craftiness :-)

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Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

Ali said...

What a fun fall project. Your pumpkins look great! I'm scared of saws, that part of my wood projects I leave up to my hubby.

The Southern Thing said...

This is so cute and perfect for both Halloween and into Thanksgiving!

Chanelle said...

Looks really cool. What a great idea.

Jessica Powell said...

I love these - and the fact you could use them year on year! ;)

Unknown said...

These turned out so cool. I would not have thought to do this with pumpkin so I love that it is so unique. So many cool decorations for fall but many are so similar. Nice to have a unique custom piece.

Unknown said...

Super cute! I loved your tutorial!

Theresa said...

I love how your pumpkins turned out! They are super cute. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @ DearCreatives.com Pinned & shared.

Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog said...

Just a friendly note to let you know that this project was featured today on my post of 20 Pumpkin Crafts. Hope you'll swing by and check out all of the amazing Halloween inspiration.


Mustlovehome said...

Hello Friend, You always have the best projects!!! I love your pumpkin project. Sometimes the best projects start out with trial and error! Thank you for sharing at the Friday Favorites Link Party! Please join us again to share what you have been working on this week. Hugs - Christine at Must Love Home

Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance said...

Hi Dawn, I absolutely loved how precious your pumpkins turned out. What a great use of materials, too! I'm featuring you over @ our What to do Weekends party, now!
Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

DIY Crush Blog said...

Thank you so much for linking some of your cute projects up to my craft party!! I wanted to pin them but couldn't find any pin buttons.