I love sharing cute and easy DIY projects with all of you. And today I have just that. A DIY wooden pumpkin tutorial that will add a whole bunch of Fall cuteness to your home. I can’t remember where I saw a wooden pumpkin displayed on someone’s mantel but I’ve had the idea stuck in my head that I wanted to make one for some time now. And my Fall mantel decor just wouldn’t be complete without a DIY Wooden Pumpkin. Right?!?!
We live in a neighborhood that is just being developed and has new houses going up every few weeks or so. So, I didn’t think it would be difficult to find some reclaimed wood. So I started looking the neighborhood over for some left over wooden pallets. However, as easy it was for me to find some pallets they are not easy to take a part. Those pallets are meant to stay together through hell or high water! You have to have a crow bar to take those things a part and this mama don’t have time for that! So instead I went to Home Depot to see what selection of wood they had. Sure enough though they had some really cheap wood that was perfect for this project.
I bought 4 or 5 long pieces of wood for about $1 or 2 a piece and cut them into thirds.
I placed 7 of them together side by side. Then used two of the other pieces and placed them on the back. (this will be to hold the front pieces together) We drilled holes through the back piece of wood into about 1/2 of the front pieces. I didn’t want the holes to go all the way through so I had to be careful and not get carried away while drilling my holes.
After drilling the holes we were then able to put in the screws to hold it all together.
Sadly, this is where my DIY instructions stop. 🙁 See this silly little face… Look how dirty my little man is…
Well, he was running all around and we needed all hands on deck while cutting the pumpkin out of the wood. As you can see he has a scar on his forehead because he has not had a lot of luck with sharp objects in his 3 little years. And we didn’t take any chances. While I cut the wood my husband kept him far away. But basically, I free handed a pumpkin using a pencil onto the front of my pieces of wood. Then using a jigsaw I cut out a pumpkin as you can see below.
Then getting some Dark Walnut stain I went over my pumpkin with a dry cloth only once and let it dry overnight.
I love the way the wood absorbed the stain differently on the pumpkin. And the way the grain of the wood showed through. I love it and it is just what I wanted on the mantle. I had some multicolored raffia from a previous project and tied it to my stem. I think this added the perfect Fall touch to my DIY Wooden Pumpkin!
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