Make easy DIY wooden pumpkins (with a Pumpkin Patch sign)
Do you love the look of rustic farmhouse scrap wood craft projects as much as I do? If so, you are in for a real fall decorating treat today!
As you may already be aware, I personally am no stranger to using reclaimed wood for most of my DIY projects, as well as for fall with this unique Sunflower sign with a shelf.
One of my most fun fall decorations to date is this Buffalo Checked Pumpkins in a wagon sign brought to 3D life with salvaged additions!
I just love the look of all reclaimed wood made into anything!
However this round, I desired something super easy, rustic and neutral to decorate with for fall that blended in with my love for pallet-style.
So grabbing a wood post from the workshop and then a quick wander over to the grapevine bush, these easy wood pumpkins with Pumpkin Patch sign project came right to life!
And boy does it tell a fall story well. This fall project is simple, cute, easy to make and will fit almost anywhere thanks to its compact size, making it easy to store too!
So if wooden pumpkin decor appeals to you, this DIY project perfect for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving decorating will be right up your alley!
Here’s the tutorial:
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Make easy DIY wood pumpkins with
Pumpkin Patch sign
Supplies needed to DIY wood pumpkins with Pumpkin Patch sign
Square wood post cut into wood blocks
2 planks of reclaimed wood to make the sign
Where to find fall stencils
I personally love creating with stencils for my fall projects because they tell a story so well! And of course, they are effortless to create with getting pro results each and every time!
This project mixes a variety of fall stencils you can find listed below:
So let’s start with building some rustic wood pumpkins!
How to build DIY wooden pumpkins from square posts
1. Cut 3 different lengths from a square post to create different pumpkin shapes.
2. Lightly sand with a palm sander or sandpaper to remove any splinters.
These wooden pumpkins will be left unfinished, however would look equally adorable painted orange craft paint, or different colors, or any wood stain tone desired.
Craft stores are also a good resource for small crafting details.
Add pumpkin stems with grapevine branches
3. Gather grapevine branches and the squiggly parts as well. They’re the best part! Then break into stump sized pieces.
4. Drill holes into the tops of the wood blocks just large enough to allow the grapevine stumps to fit.
5. Insert grapevines and a squiggly branch into the drilled hole to create pumpkin stumps.
Hot glue the branches to the scrap wood pumpkins if desired, however mine fit tightly enough to leave as-is.
Aren’t those branches just perfect as pumpkin stems?! And cute as the unfinished pumpkins are as-is, they’re about to get a whole lot cuter! Which you’ll soon see.
But first, let’s whip up a Pumpkin Patch sign next.
View Pumpkin Patch with Pumpkins stencils HERE – 2 sizes avail
How to stencil a mini pumpkin patch wood sign
6. Cut a plank of wood that fits the lettering on Pumpkin Patch – Small stencil.
7. Position the stencil over the plank, then attach with masking tape.
8. Load stencil brush with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Chocolate furniture paint, then remove most paint onto a rag until brush feels dry.
9. Tap or swirl paint through the stencil to achieve the desired effect.
Learn more about how to stencil from THIS POST.
Decorate the Pumpkin Patch sign with rustic twine
10. For added rustic detail, wrap some thicker jute twine around both ends of the sign!
Cut the jute twine with scissors to the length desired, then wind the twine around each end of the sign board as many times as desired, securing it by tying a knot.
I used a thicker jute twine that was separated to thin it out a little. Love the squiggly look it gives off!
Attach a sign post to the Pumpkin Patch sign with a Kreg Jig
11. Cut a smaller plank to the desired length that would be suitable for your sign. This will become your sign post.
12. Drill the back of the sign post with two pocket holes using a Kreg Jig pocket hole maker.
The post can be attached by screwing it to the back of the sign as well if you don’t have a pocket hole maker.
How to use a Kreg Jig pocket hole maker
A Kreg Jig is a tool that helps create pocket holes in wood, that offer very strong wood joins. If you don’t yet have a Kreg Jig in your workshop, I absolutely highly recommend adding one! My own projects look so much more professional when I build with a pocket hole jig, and it’s so easy to use!
Kreg Jig Video How-to
Click above to watch a short video on how to use a pocket hole jig.
Read more about How to use a Pocket Hole Maker from THIS POST.
Create a stand for the Pumpkin Patch sign
13. Attach the sign post to the sign board by using screws through the pocket holes.
14. Attach the signpost to the back of the largest pumpkin by pre-drilling holes, then attaching with screws.
Since the sign needs some kind of support for it to stand, I decided to attach the sign post to the back of one of the pumpkins instead of building a separate stand.
It worked perfectly and proved to be a super sturdy way to mount a sign!
So let’s add some details to the pumpkins next!
Decorate wood pumpkins with stenciled signs
15. Stencil mini pumpkin patch appropriate sayings to the front of the pumpkins to get them ready for market!
Didn’t the wood pumpkins just come to life? They were cute plain too, but that lettering did the trick while still staying subtle!
They were also stenciled in Fusion’s Chocolate to match the Pumpkin Patch sign lettering.
Stencil info is shared below:
The fall stencils where each image came from
25 cents and Pick Your Own / Sunflower Farm – Small stencil
2 LB / Acorns stencil
The star / Farm Stand stencil
View MORE FALL STENCILS HERE to choose from!
Decorate the wood pumpkins with real dried leaves
16. Add some dried leaves to each wooden pumpkin for a realistic effect! So cute!
The leaves were gathered outdoors while they were wet. Once brought inside the house to dry overnight, they even retained either vibrant fall colors!
Hot glue the leaves into place if desired.
Other pumpkin decorating ideas to use:
- ribbon tied in a bow
- moss attached with hot glue
Aren’t the wood pumpkins looking SO cute?!
So let’s put this little mini wooden Pumpkin Patch to work decorating for fall next!
Decorating ideas with the finished wood pumpkins!
Welcome to the cutest little mini DIY wood fall Pumpkin Patch in the land!
Didn’t they all turn out so cute?! The grouping is just compact enough to fall decorate with it anywhere desired!
They certainly have a pallet wood pumpkins appearance thanks to leaving the pumpkins unfinished!
Will the wood pumpkins last outdoors?
These unfinished wood pumpkins will last outdoors If you use treated wood posts like I did, or choose to paint your wood pumpkins with an outdoor durable paint.
The Pumpkin Patch sign is made from a cedar fence plank so it should also be safe outdoors.
However any of the wood could be further protected using an outdoor wood protectant of some kind.
Ideas on how to decorate with wood pumpkins
These small wood pumpkins are just compact enough to fall decorate with almost anywhere! Here’s a few ideas:
- will fit on most window sills
- place wood pumpkins on your front porch on top of a bench or front steps
- create a rustic fall centerpiece on any table
- decorate a fireplace mantel for fall with a cute pumpkin vignette with added leaves
- place the pumpkins on a wood tray for easy moving
These wood pumpkins with Pumpkin Patch sign look right at home in this crate window box on my garden shed too! So that’s where they will live for now.
I love decorating the rustic garden shed for the changing seasons. It’s the cutest part of the yard.
HERE is how I decorated the shed for fall last year with the crate window box.
And of course, you could decorate with just the pumpkins, or even hang the Pumpkin Patch sign elsewhere or install it in your real pumpkin patch outdoors!
I love decorating choices, don’t you?
.Click above to watch a short video of the quick and easy stenciling process!
The good news is, these wood pumpkins with Pumpkin Patch sign look good nearly anywhere! So just make them, then play to your heart’s’ content!
How would you use them in your own rustic fall decorating?
More easy fall decorating ideas:
View more FALL STENCILS HERE
See more unique FALL DECORATING IDEAS HERE