I love rustic decor, but shopping for many of these rustic fall pieces in the stores can get pricey. This year we got creative and made these fun rustic fall wooden pumpkins from reclaimed wood, some scrap wood and sticks from the yard. It does not take a large amount of wood for each pumpkin, so its a great project if you have a few boards laying around (old pallets would be perfect)!
My mom lives on some property, where wood is ample, so her and my husband helped me with these pumpkins.
What you will need to make these wooden pumpkins:
- Scrap wood (the amount you will need depends on how many pumpkins you want to make, and how large (one plank from a pallet could make a smaller pumpkin)
- Large Staple gun, or small hammer and small nails
- Wood Glue
- Stick from outside for the stem at the top of the pumkin
How to make these Wooden Pumpkins:
1) Line up the slats together to form a square around the size of the pumpkin you want to end up with.
2) Take another slat of wood and run it horizontally across the other slats (like in picture above)
3) Staple the horizontal slat of wood to each vertical slat of wood (see image above)
4) Once you have the vertical slats held together with the horizontal slat, you can draw your pumpkin shape on the wood (use a paper template to draw it on if that is easier).
Note – if you plan to create a base for them to sit on (see step #7 below) then you will want a flat bottom of your pumpkin, vs rounded, so keep that in mind when drawing your pumpkin.
5) Use the jigsaw to carefully cut along the lines of the pumpkin you drew on each set of wood
6) Once you have your pumpkin shape cut out, you can use wood glue to attach a branch/stick as the stem to the top of your pumpkin
7) You can now either add picture hanging wire to the backif you want to hang them on your door or wall, or you can build a base for them to stand up on (thats what we have in the image above so they can sit on flat surfaces. To build the base cut one of the slats approx. 1 inch longer then the base of your pumpkin (so it is 1/2 inch longer on each side). Staple it to the bottom of each pumpkin base.
And here is what they look like sitting on my mantle! The best part is that since we used scrap materials they were free to us to make, and so not only do I love them but they can be a very frugal option to Halloween or Fall decorating!
Credit: We got our inspiration from Finding Home Online here. She made hers a little different then we did, but be sure to check out her reclaimed wood pumpkins too for more ideas!