Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin sign

Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin for front door decor, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
This summer when I painted my front door Bayberry green, I was soooo looking forward to playing with fall and Christmas decor against it! It’s such a lovely natural moss green tone that just seems to go with anything.

Nature inspired branch front door painted in Bayberry via Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Nature never fails as inspiration, does it?

So blame this project on my 2nd Starbucks pumpkin spice latte… fall is indeed in the air so it was time to do something fallish outside the front door.

I’ve always wanted to make my own quirky version of a reclaimed wood pumpkin, so upon looking at the front door, I felt a tall skinny one on the bench would be perfect! It would look cute without being in my way. The front entry is kinda narrow so every square inch counts.

So let’s start with the pumpkin tutorial, which was soooo simple and fast to make:
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How to make a quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin
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You’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)

reclaimed wood planks

cordless drill

jigsaw and clamps

palm sander optional

chalk or pencil

fall message stencils – I used Apple Farm and Welcome To My Garden HERE

paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

stencil brush



Hand drawing the shape of a reclaimed wood fall pumpkin sign | funkyjunkinteriors.net
1. Place random planks side by side against as desired. If they don’t match, all the better!

2. Sketch the shape of your pumpkin with chalk or a pencil.

Jigsaw shaping a hand drawn reclaimed wood fall pumpkin sign | funkyjunkinteriors.net
3. Cut along the drawn lines with a jigsaw.

Sand the edges if desired, however I didn’t even bother. I liked the sharp lines left on the rustic wood.

Bracing the back of a reclaimed wood fall pumpkin sign | funkyjunkinteriors.net
4. Flip the boards backwards, align, then screw on two back braces that reach across all the planks.

5. Once attached, flip the pumpkin right side up and re-smooth any mismatched board joins with the jigsaw if needed. (I generally have to.)

Building a reclaimed wood fall pumpkin sign | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Since my pumpkin was a really wonky curvy shape along the bottom, (blame it on the freehand) I didn’t think of it needing to stand up straight.

Whoops.

So I attached an extra board as a ‘leg’ from behind to help prop the pumpkin level when displayed. It worked great! You could even go one step further and create an official stand of sorts.

Reclaimed wood fall pumpkin decor with a branch stem | funkyjunkinteriors.net
6. Attach a branch for a stem with some rusty junk bracket thing. Whatever works!

I loved the extra branched off branch, as if it use to hold a leaf.

Apple Farm stencil being taped off to create FALL, for a reclaimed pumpkin sign via Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
7. Stencil a fall message onto the pumpkin if desired.

I decided to have my pumpkin read a subtle ‘Welcome FALL” using two different stencils, Fall from Apple Farm and Welcome from Welcome to my Garden.

Find both those stencils HERE

Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin for front door decor, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
The paint I used was Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

Tape the stencil into place, then using a dry-to-the-touch loaded brush, stencil in the words.

The word welcome was add vertically next, which you can view down below.

Learn more about how to stencil HERE

Fall decor of pumpkins and gourds sitting under a rustic bench by the front door | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Then the fun part! I ran down the road to actually purchase a few mums. But when I arrived at the farm wagon, nothing was in bloom. Um… nice for one day but NOT for a same day photo shoot!

No worries! I didn’t want to keep them alive anyway. So I picked up some homemade soup from the nearby local market (worth the short drive I say) then on my way home, stopped at a local farm where you can pick up pumpkins and gourds from the side of the road by donation.

Gosh I love small towns.

Front door decked out for fall with a plant, pumpkins and gourds and a reclaimed wood pumpkin sign | funkyjunkinteriors.net
I stole a plant from my potting shed display out back, which provided a nice shot of nature.

What mums?

Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin for front door decor, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
And since that cute little branch stem was begging for a leaf, one from the grapevine worked perfectly!

Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin for front door decor, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
The tall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin turned out so cute and fit this area perfectly! 

I had planned to make a few more fat squishy ones, (maybe even one that illuminates!) so if I do, I’ll be sure to post about them too.

Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin for front door decor, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net

The min fall display looks perfect against that door, especially those green pumpkins!

Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin for front door decor, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Welcome Fall indeed!
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Have you started fall decorating yet? What do you or will you have up this year?
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Here’s a couple other fun fall projects…

Interchangeable fall coat hook shelf made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
FALL changeable message coat hook shelf

Illuminated Cabin Resort mantel sign for fall made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Illuminated Cabin Resort sign for a fall mantel

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Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.

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  1. I started to do some fall decorating yesterday, but the temp was like 85 and very humid. I just couldn’t get into it. Next week its supposed to be a bit cooler, like highs in the 60s. Maybe that will help my mojo!

  2. No matter which picture I look at, I could swear that the pumpkin is accordian-ed. It’s probably because the planks are different colors and textures. It’s a great pumpkin!