DIY Wood Pumpkins~easy to make from scrap wood or wood from the home improvement store.
Fall is probably my favorite time of year to decorate. Except maybe for Christmas. However, when fall comes around it means that it’s time for at least 3 months of great decorating. I have seen lots of great wood pumpkin crafts on Pinterest, so I thought I would make my own. DIY wood pumpkins are really easy to make and are very inexpensive.
I bought my wood materials at Lowe’s, purchasing a 3 foot 2″x2″ piece of poplar for $4.88. You can make 4 stacks of these pumpkins out of this piece of wood. If you just want 4 blocks Hobby Lobby has a set of 4 unfinished 2″ blocks for about $4. I also purchase a 2 pack of wooden knobs for $1.41 to use as the stem.
My husband used our miter saw to cut the stick into blocks. One things you MUST remember. Even thought this piece of wood is listed as 2″x2″ that is not truly the size. It is really 1 1/2″x 1 1/2″. (the 2×2 size is in reference to how big it is cut before the lumber is cured). So measure out 1 1/2″ down the stick of lumber to cut and make a block. Do this 4 times.
Once the blocks are cut, sand them and then paint. These blocks are painted with DecoArt Americana craft paint in Spiced pumpkin and Hauser light green. I painted 2 coats of each color. I also choose to distress the blocks a bit using a sandpaper in 120 grit I sanded each side and corner of the blocks. This gives is a more rustic, imperfect look that I like. You make choose to leave yours un-sanded.
I used a stencil to paint on the Fall letters, taping on each letter. Hobby Lobby has a set of 1″ stencils for about $2. Then I sponged on Decoart light buttermilk paint. When you stencil make sure you use straight up and down movements as you dab the paint on with a sponge brush. This helps prevent a lot of paint from bleeding under the stencil.
Finally to finish it off hot glue the wooden knob to the top for a stem and added some raffia. You could also use some cute fall ribbon to tie around the stem. Now it is time to stack them. You may want to glue the blocks together, but I left mine unglued. The stack can also be stacked straight on top of each other, or turned at angle like below.