Are you looking for a fun and inexpensive DIY idea? You can make this easy DIY scrap wood pumpkin for fall using just a few scrap pieces of wood, and a broken tree branch. Step-by-step instructions are below.
I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a crafts DIYer. I’m more of a “paint the furniture” kind of gal.
So I was very excited when I found a fall project I could make that was EASY AND budget-friendly. I actually found a similar wooden pumpkin at a local store and really wanted to try to make one myself.
What You Need for this DIY Project Scrap Wood Pumpkin
Steps to Making a DIY Wooden Pumpkin
Step 1: Gather Scrap Wood
Gather old 1″ x 2″ scraps of wood (I used wood that was stained from dirt and water in the garden). Lay down the wood strips for the approximate size of your pumpkin.
Step 2: Cut Support Boards
For support boards, cut two 1-1/2″x 3/4″ strips of wood to just past the width of the pumpkin.
Step 3: Glue Support Boards
Glue the support boards to the back of the wood pumpkin strips.
Step 4: Nail Support Boards
Using a nail gun, nail the support boards to the pumpkin strips. This will keep the boards in place while the glue dries.
Step 5: Draw Pumpkin Shape
Draw the shape of your pumpkin on the front side of the strips.
Step 6: Cut Out Pumpkin Shape
Using a hand-held jig saw, cut out the pumpkin pattern you traced.
Step 7: Sand Edges
You can either leave the sides rough and rustic or sand the edges lightly to remove any burrs.
Step 8: Make a Wooden Stand
Make a stand by cutting the end of a 2″x 4″ board at a 45-degree angle, approximately 1-3/4″ from the end.
Step 9: Glue Stand
Apply wood glue to the stand and attach it to the back of the pumpkin.
Step 10: Nail Stand
Using a nail gun, nail the stand to the pumpkin in order to hold it until the glue is dry.
Step 11: Find Stem
Find a tree branch from your yard to use as a stem for the top of the pumpkin. Cut to any size you choose.
Step 12: Drill a Hole in the Stem
Drill a 1/8″ hole into the center of the stem.
Step 13: Insert Wood Screw
Insert a wood screw into the stem without cracking it.
Step 14: Cut Off the Head of the Screw
Cut off the head of the screw with either a hack saw or wire cutters.
Step 15: Drill a Hole in the Pumpkin for the Stem
Drill a hole into the top of the pumpkin at the angle you want the stem to sit.
As you can see, I picked the one piece of wood that already had a hole on the top, and strategically placed it in the worst place possible on the pumpkin. That’s why my stem is a little off-centered.
Thank you in advance for not judging me.
Step 16: Attach Stem to Pumpkin
Put a little wood glue on the screw going into the pumpkin and insert it into the drilled hole. You can even dress up the stem with some raffia for an extra touch.
Other DIY Wooden Pumpkin Ideas
Here are some other ideas for alternative DIY scrap wood pumpkin projects:
DIY Wood Pumpkin FAQs
What Kind of Wood is Best for DIY Wooden Pumpkins?
When it comes to making rustic DIY reclaimed wood pumpkins, the choice of wood is an important factor that can affect the final look and durability of your project. Here are some types of wood commonly used for DIY wooden pumpkins, along with their characteristics:
How Do You Make a Pumpkin Cutout?
After tracing your pumpkin design, Use a jigsaw or coping saw and carefully cut along the traced outline of the pumpkin.
Always remember to wear safety goggles and a mask to protect your eyes and respiratory system.
What if I Don’t Have a Jigsaw?
If you don’t have a jigsaw, there are several alternative tools you can use to cut out a pumpkin shape from wood or other materials. Here are a few options:
This really was an easy DIY scrap wood pumpkin to make for fall. It took just a few hours to make and at very little cost. It’s hard to believe that I got the majority of the materials from a wood scrap pile!
Be sure to read my blog post about fall vignettes to find some great ways to display your new pumpkin with your other fall decor.
If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may want to make their own DIY scrap wood pumpkin project this fall.
Until next time,
Happy Fall Crafting!
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