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Wood Pumpkin DIY for Fall Porch Decor

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Have you seen the wood pumpkin made with pallets on Pinterest. We made some pallet pumpkins this year and I am very excited to show you how we did it. With more persistence than actual patience, Hubs agreed to work with me creating and building a wood pumpkin DIY project.

Last year my Fall theme was neutral greys and white.  This year I am repeating that theme but adding little pops of orange for interest.  I considered adding an orange leaf to the pallet pumpkins eventually deciding on grey corduroy instead. This year I added some orange Mums and another year I did a more elaborate arrangement with pink mums. The neutral colour of these wood pumpkins makes them very easy to coordinate with almost any colour you like.
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Two large neutral diy pallet pumpkins on our front porch with a DIY Harvest sign. Pumpkins, Pallet projects, pallet pumpkins, outdoor fall decor, neutral fall decor, DIY Fall Decor

Making a Pallet Pumpkin Template

Create a template by cutting out a piece of paper a couple inches wider than you want your pumpkins to be. For the short chubby wood pumpkin cut the paper 23″ square.  For the tall slim wood pumpkin cut the paper 27″ by 19″.

A hand drawn pumpkin template for a pallet pumpkin.

Creating a template prior to painting allows you to erase as needed while creating not only the outline for the pumpkin shaped wood cut but for the painting sections.   Here is a terrific  drawing how-to video .

Cut out your pumpkin template, lay it out on a 1/4″ piece of scrap plywood. Make sure the plywood is larger than the pumpkin template.

If using wood pallets dismantle and sand the wood pallet strips. Then cover the plywood with sanded pallet strips. For the short wood pumpkin I placed the pallet strips horizontally, for the tall wood pumpkin place them vertically.  Once the small piece of plywood is completely covered tack with small nails to hold the pallet strips in place.

Place your template on top of the pallet strips, mark out the outside edge.  With a jigsaw cut out the pumpkin shape.  Flip your project over and nail all the pallet pieces securely.

How to Paint the Wood Pumpkins
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My painting images for the wood pumpkins were too dark to show the painting steps properly. This picture is from a cushion I painted using the same method and the paint shows better.

Paint the entire pumpkin surface lightly with white. Using carbon paper trace the outline of the pumpkin template onto your wood.

Outline the  pumpkin sections with dark grey paint.

A hand painted pumpkin template for a pallet pumpkin.

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Fill the rest of the sections with a lighter grey.  Keeping in mind the round shape of a pumpkin, paint long C shaped strokes that match the curvature.  Fill your pumpkin in by section.h

As you complete each section, use a small brush and Burnt Umber to paint along the inside of the pumpkin section outlines. The colours will blend.

If you put on too much dark paint even it out by adding more white. If your shading is too light add some more burnt umber.

To paint the stem. Fill in with grey, outline with burnt umber and add a few extra strokes for texture.

As the pumpkins are for curb appeal, I left the outlines a bit more vivid.  Of course, you can blend the colours more if you want to.  Once finished, apply a matte coat of Varathane .

A large cut out wood pumpkin thats been painted in grey and white. Their are accessories like a small plaque, raffia, and leaves at the bottom.

Let the pumpkins dry thoroughly then add embellishments.

Twine ribbon and raffia threaded through a buttom for accessorizing a large wooden pumpkin diy project for Fall decor

Add some rope or raffia,  cut some leaves out of grey corduroy and add a grey metal plate or something similar, this plate is a leftover from another project.

Tie a pretty rope bow, tie the center with raffia, leave streamers to hang down.

Wrap and glue rope around the stem, making sure the front is left unglued, leave long rope tails to hang down.

Thread a button with raffia and attach the rope bow by threading the raffia under the rope on the front of the stem.  Tie in a knot under the button where it doesn’t show.  Let the tails hang down.

wood pumpkin with rustic twine and raffia ribbon

Repeat this process for the other pumpkin.  Then glue any other embellishments you like to the pumpkin.

DIY pallet pumpkins for cheap Fall front porch decor.

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DIY Pallet Pumpkins for an outdoor fall porch. Neutral fall decor, diy fall decor

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The wood pumpkins are a great backdrop to other decorations, or you can use them simply with a Fall sign. I have used them a couple of years now and love having them in my Fall front porch stash.

Did you notice our Great Pyrenees guarding me?  It’s exactly what you would see if you came to our door.

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Enjoy your Fall decorating and thanks for reading.

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20 Comments

  1. LeannaForsythe says:

    Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!! Marci thank you so much for featuring me. I finally gave up trying to download a template and getting it to print out to the size I wanted and figured out a way to just draw one old school. Let me know how yours turns out. Thanks so much for the feature I am thrilled. Leanna 🙂

  2. Oh, my! I love these! Thank you for sharing how to create the template. I may go “pumpkin crazy” around here! 😉 This post will be my feature today at Tuesdays with a Twist! Thank you for sharing with us! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures (dot) com

  3. Cute pumpkins. I’m dying to try my hand at a pallet project. Maybe Christmas?

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am just starting to make Christmas post plans. Pallets could be made into a really cute gingerbread house maybe. Thank you for commenting. Its appreciated. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I wanted these pumpkins for a couple of years. I am glad you like them. They were worth the wait I think. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      It most certainly is feeling like fall here. Brrrrr…… Fall is a gorgeous season, I am hoping for a drive to see the trees very soon.

      Thank yo for commenting.

  4. Wow, those turned out beautifully, I’m not a very crafty person but these look totally doable!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kemi: I found them easy to finish. The best part was they are almost free to put together. Thank you very much for commenting. Leanna

  5. These are SO cute!! I can’t wait to make them!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Jessica: I hope you do make them. If your wanting a tutorial on the drawing of the pumpkin take a look at my tutorial on painted pumpkin cushions as well. Send me a post of them when their done. I would love to see your spin on them. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Terry: Woot Woot (or seasonally should I say Hoot Hoot lol) I am glad you like these. I waited a long time before getting them finished. Thanks for commenting Leanna

  6. Love the wood planks and soft gray/white color. Looks great with your harvest sign!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hello Heidi: I love the pallet pumpkins and harvest signs you see online. This year I got a set of my very own. I started converting my fall decor to neutrals last year, it takes time to change it all up. Glad you like it. Thanks for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Clarissa: I am glad you like them. They look quite different from the original plans painted in neutrals. I waiting a long time before getting these. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Amber: I had wanted these pumpkins for a long time. Good luck with your pallet hunting, are you planning on making pumpkins? Thank you for commenting.

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