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.
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:
How to make a quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin
You’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)
reclaimed wood planks
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
2. Sketch the shape of your pumpkin with chalk or a pencil.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
6. Attach a branch for a stem with some rusty junk bracket thing. Whatever works!
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
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
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.
I stole a plant from my potting shed display out back, which provided a nice shot of nature.
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.
The min fall display looks perfect against that door, especially those green pumpkins!
Here’s a couple other fun fall projects…
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.