Fall is my favorite time of year! I love to decorate with fresh pumpkins, but I live in Florida and those pretty pumpkins rot in no time, so I decided I would make some rustic pallet pumpkins.
I took apart a couple of pallets for the wood to make the pumpkins.
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- Pallet wood for lumbar
- Print out rustic pallet pumpkin patterns
- Wood glue
- Sand paper
- Hammer and pry bar (for deconstructing the pallets)
- Ban saw
- Chop saw
- Staple gun
- Kreg Jig
- Kreg clamp
- Paint brush
Cut boards a little longer than the pumpkin pattern.
Place enough boards together to accommodate the pattern width.
Trace the pumpkin pattern onto the backside of the boards. Note: I place the pattern along the bottom edge since it saves me from cutting it out.
Next I cut support strips from pallet scraps approx. 1″ x 1/4″ x the width of the pumpkin. Cut 3 for large pumpkins and 2 for the small and medium size.
Place the first support strip about 4 ” from the bottom and glue down. The next one glue down about 3″ up from the first strip. Note: you can use paint stir sticks for your support strips.
Once the strips are glued down staple about 9 or 12 staples for each support strip and make sure you only staple inside the pencil drawing of the pumpkin.
Starting at the bottom edge on the backside start cutting out the pumpkin following your pencil drawing.
You may have to turn it over to cut around the stem.
I used the scrap from the pumpkin to make a stand. First, I marked the length see in the photo below.
Cut the bottom of the support a five degree angle.
Using a Kreg clamp and jig drill one pocket hole on each side.
Attach the stand in center below the bottom support strip.
Sand the edges if needed.
These pumpkins turned out perfect. I like to make them with the stems facing different directions so note which way you would like the stem to face before drawing the pumpkin.
Painting Rustic Pallet Pumpkins
These rustic farmhouse pallet pumpkins don’t need to painted, but I like them painted. I have two sets of three all painted in the same colors, but I used a different painting technique to get a different look in each set. You can see my paint color choices in the photo below.
The day the kid’s go back to school after the summer break I like to put out my dry brushed painted rustic farmhouse pallet pumpkins. When they come home they are greeted by the first hint of fall.
This set I added some gray and white buffalo check ribbon and raffia for a rustic farmhouse vibe. I also added a buffalo check throw and one of my easy sew pumpkins in a small apple basket.
Another painted pumpkin idea:
While you have out your paints you could paint some pumpkins on rocks. The kids can join in on this fun project by my friend Jane over at Sustain My Craft Habit.
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