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Outdoor Wooden Pumpkin Decoration for Fall

Wooden Pumpkin

Wooden pumpkins last for years and years, they survive heat and frost and everything else Fall throws at them. DIY wood pumpkins don’t turn rotten the day after they come home from the store, you can [paint them in any colour, and they add rustic charm and a hint of cozy to our homes.The really cool thing about the wooden pumpkin we made for this year is its a………………… chalkboard. You can make one of your own, and make it any colour you like for you Fall front porch. Better yet, this large wooden pumpkin is destined to be a jack-o-lantern chalkboard for Halloween.

Chalkboard Wooden Pumpkin Supplies

This wooden pumpkin is made from leftover flooring underlay and chalk pens. It takes a day to make it because of the time it takes for the chalkboard paint to dry.

  • A scrap piece of underlay or plywood
  • Dollar store leaf or a real pumpkin leaf
  • Chalkboard paint and brush
  • Washable chalkboard paint in Fall Colours
  • Paper towel, rags, small bowl of water.
  • 2 L- brackets (Optional)

Drawing the Wooden Pumpkin

Typically I share some sort of downloadable template for wood crafts, but this time I think it would be a waste of effort, you would spend more time printing and fiddling with the template then just drawing it free hand.

Begin by seeing what piece of flat scrap wood you have available and let it dictate the size of pumpkin chalkboard you create. You could also use plywood as long as you sand it smooth. I don’t recommend using chipboard unfortunately as it wouldn’t be smooth enough.

If you don’t have any scrapwood, Home depot sells quarter sheets of different types of plywood products that will work for your wooden pumpkin.

Our large wooden pumpkin is 32″ wide and 39″ tall including the stem.

We used a leftover piece of inexpensive wood floor underlay for the underlay. (Its a scrap piece from a faux fireplace surround we built but I haven’t posted yet.)

Drawing the Chalkboard Wooden Pumpkin

The first step is to use the dollar store leaf as a template to draw the leaf outlines. Place your leaves towards to top of your wood and as wide as your piece of scrap wood will allow. Draw one leaf on one side, and two on the other (refer to the finished cutout pumpkin for placement ideas.)

Using a leaf to draw a wooden pumpkin .

Once you have the leaves drawn, continue by drawing a rather abstract shape for the unfinished wooden pumpkin, making sure the bottom is flat and square. Here is the unfinished cutout for a drawing reference.

The cut out wooden template for an outdoor pumpkin decoration.

Cutting the Outdoor Pumpkin Decoration

As the pumpkin has the leaf edges the easiest way to cut it is using a jig saw. Its a very straight forward process that Hubs helped me with. I am not scared of using a jigsaw, but I have a bad habit of breaking blades and I didn’t want to have to go purchase more. Anyways….. here is a short video showing you some of the tips and tricks he used to cut the pumpkin with the leaf edging. Poor guy did it with a cast on his right hand, but it turned out very well.

Adding the Pumpkin Chalkboard Art

Buying the Chalkboard Pens

You can make the pumpkin with children’s chalk art, or artists chalk if you can find the colours you want. I suggest purchasing Chalkboard Art Pens as they have enough pigment, once dry they last better, AND you can erase the chalkboard art using water. I had some pens I bought at Home Sense art section months ago, and the other two I bought at Staples. This Fall chalkboard is going to be a jack o lantern for Halloween as well so being able to erase the chalk is important.

However, living in Canada, and in the country I had a very hard time getting exactly what I wanted, but I worked with what I could find, and I love how it turned out. Hopefully you can find more colours, especially dark brown or dark orange. Inspite of my whining I did enjoy ever minute of this pumpkin project and its time to get started.

Drawing the Basic Pumpkin Shape

Begin by tracing out the leaves you used to make the wooden pumpkin pattern.

Using a dollar store leaf for a template on an outdoor pumpkin decoration.

Draw in some simple stems using a dark colour.

Two leaves on a outdoor pumpkin decoration that have been outlined in green

Draw the basic outline of your pumpkin, as shown. You can use easy to wipe kids chalk to start with, or if more confident use the main coloured chalkboard art pen.

How to draw a chalkboard pumpkin for outdoors

Once your kids chalk pumpkin is complete retrace the kids chalk marks with the chalkboard art pen. Let it dry and then wipe off the kids chalk.

Using red chalk pens to define depth on a chalkboard pumpkin for Fall

Once you have the main colour of you pumpkin done, colour in lines in a lighter colour on the inside, and a darker colour on the outside. I used a dark red and too bright an orange, (a dark orange would be nice), the outside could be done in a nice brown.

Doing chalk art on a pumpkin chalkboard

The basic instructions are draw the lines, then smudge them wide, use water if needed to soften the lines, and repeat until it looks the way you want it. Grab something to drink and enjoy creating.

As my actual drawing instructions are rather vague, I did a casual video of me playing with the chalk art pens.

Fall Front Porch Pumpkin Decor

Fall is always about pumpkins, no matter the colour and size I love them. I love pumpkins on the front porch, pumpkins lined up on the mantel for Fall decor. Then there are craft pumpkins, wood block pumpkins, pumpkin signs. Finally, mashing pumpkin to freeze and made delicious pumpkin spice recipes. This year Hubs helped me by growing pumpkins. The little pumpkins in front of the wooden pumpkin chalkboard are our very own home grown pumpkins.

Pin this Pumpkin Idea for Inspiration!

A Fall chalkboard shaped like a pumpkin surrounded by Fall porch decor including real pumpkins and mums

Other Fall Porch Ideas

DIY pallet pumpkins for cheap Fall front porch decor.

Neutral Pallet Pumpkins

This is another set of pumpkins we made a few years ago. These DIY Pallet Pumpkins have been used repeatedly and we always receive compliments on them.

DIY wooden pumpkins that say "we are blessed"

DIY Wood Pumpkins for Fall or Thanksgiving

These small wood pumpkins are made out of a old fence post. Super easy to make and I think they are very different. Hope you love these small wood pumpkins as much as I do.


  1. This is really cute, thank you for the great tutorial!Pinned

  2. Really cute! Great that you can use these year after year.

  3. Kippi at Home says:

    I love this pumpkin idea. Something different and special to brighten up our fall porch decor. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your pumpkin looks beautiful, Leanna. It’s so strange nowhere in South Africa we don’t do pumpkin decor. I love it, and it makes Autumn easier to bear when you can do fun decor stuff. We have a lot of real pumpkins in the grocery stores, but they’re those knobbly green ones and won’t have a chance to go off before someone steals one for food. Weird how countries are all so different.

    1. Thats so cool Michelle. In Canada its pumpkin everything this time of year. And its my favorite flavour year around. How I wish I could visit sometime. Hugs Leanna

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