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Decorate your house and celebrate autumn with these adorable DIY Wooden Pumpkins! This a simple fall decor piece that anyone could make.
Festive Fall Wooden Pumpkins
Since fall is one of my favorite seasons, I typically go all out when decorating my home this time of year. In the past, I’ve shared many fall-inspired crafts, including my Toilet Paper Pumpkins, Crackle Mason Jars and our Farmhouse Wood Slice Centerpiece. This year, I’m kicking off the festive fall crafts with these DIY Wooden Pumpkins!
These wooden pumpkins are so adorable and easy to make. Plus, they are a versatile addition to your autumn decor. Since they are not holiday-specific, you can keep them up all season long. They look great as a dining table centerpiece, on a fireplace mantle, or on any table that needs a little sprucing up!
Wooden Pumpkin Craft Supplies
You only need a few simple supplies to recreate these wooden pumpkins! I found all of my supplies at my local craft store and hardware store, but you can find some of these on Amazon as well. Since the supplies are inexpensive, you could make these with a group of friends for a fun fall gathering activity! Here is what you will need:
- 4×4 Wood Board — You will need 3 pieces cut from your wood board: one that is 4 inches tall, one that is 5 inches tall, and one that is 6 inches tall. If you get these from a store like Home Depot or Lowes, they should be able to cut them for you.
- Craft Paint — The colors I chose were Mossy Meadow, Pueblo, and Vintage White (any soft white will do). You can find these colors at Michaels or on Amazon, whatever is easiest for you. If you can’t find the exact shades, choose colors that you think would work well together.
- Eucalyptus Leaves — I buy these off of Amazon, but you might be able to find something similar at your local craft store. We will be pulling the leaves off of the stems for this DIY Wooden Pumpkins craft.
- Craft Twigs
- Raffia — You should be able to find this in the ribbon section!
- Black and White Buffalo Check Ribbon — We’ll be tying this in a bow, so it’d be best to find ribbon no wider than ½ inch.
How to Make Wooden Pumpkins
- First, we need to add color to our wooden square pumpkins. Paint the largest piece of wood orange, the middle one green, and the smallest one white. Let them dry completely before moving on to the next step!
- Take a piece of sandpaper and lightly distress the edges of the painted pumpkins for the perfect rustic look.
- Hot glue a craft twig to the top middle of each of your pumpkins. These will be your stems!
- Remove a few leaves from the eucalyptus branches. I used about two per pumpkins. Hot glue the leaves carefully around the stem. I glued mine slightly upturned to one side of the pumpkin, which turned out cute, but the placement is up to you!
- Next, tie a few pieces of raffia around each stem.
- Now it’s time for the final touch: the bows! Cut your buffalo check ribbon into your desired lengths. It’s best to start off longer than you think you will need and trim them up later.
- Finally, neatly tie the three pieces of ribbon into bows and hot glue each one at the base of the pumpkins’ stems.
What kind of paint works best with wood?
Acrylic paint is a great option for painting on wood. It lasts a long time, so you can reuse this DIY Wooden Pumpkin decor year after year. Most craft-aficionados will already have acrylic paint lying around. If you don’t have acrylic paint, any kind of multi-surface paint will do. For a similar look to my pumpkins, try and match the colors as closely as possible.
Which wood should you use for this pumpkin craft?
Any kind of 4×4 wood will do. Since you are painting over these, the color of the wood will not matter. You only need 15 inches of 4×4 wood total, so go with a smaller piece unless you are making this craft with a group.