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Rustic Pallet Pumpkins DIY

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.

At the end of this post is a special Boo Bag idea!

Pallets I used for wood

Pallets I used for wood

Bright pallet pumpkins

Bright pallet pumpkins

Rustic farmhouse pallet pumpkins brushed paint

Rustic farmhouse pallet pumpkins dry brushed paint

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Supplies

Tools


Cut boards a little longer than the pumpkin pattern.

Pallet lumber and pumpkin pattern

Pallet lumber and pumpkin pattern

Place enough boards together to accommodate the pattern width.

Pumpkin pattern on pallet lumber

Pumpkin pattern on pallet lumber

Paper pumpkin pattern on wood

Paper pumpkin pattern on wood

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.

Tracing pattern onto the pallet boards

Tracing pattern onto the pallet boards

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.

Cutting support strips out of pallet scraps

Cutting support strips out of pallet scraps

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.

Gluing support strips to back of pumpkin boards

Gluing support strips to back of pumpkin boards

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.

Stapling on the support strips

Stapling on the support strips

Starting at the bottom edge on the backside start cutting out the pumpkin following your pencil drawing.

Cutting out the pumpkin

Cutting out the pumpkin

You may have to turn it over to cut around the stem.

Finishing the cutting

Finishing the cutting

I used the scrap from the pumpkin to make a stand. First, I marked the length see in the photo below.

Marking the stand on a piece of scrap

Marking the stand on a piece of scrap

Cut the bottom of the support a five degree angle.

Cutting the stand

Cutting the stand

Using a Kreg clamp and jig drill one pocket hole on each side.

Attaching the Kreg Jig tool to the stand

Attaching the Kreg Jig tool to the stand

Drilling pocket holes

Drilling pocket holes

Attach the stand in center below the bottom support strip.

Stand with pocket hole and screw

Stand with pocket hole and screw

Screwing on the stand

Screwing on the stand

Sand the edges if needed.

Pumpkin is ready to paint

Pumpkin is ready to paint

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.

Rustic pallet pumpkins

Rustic pallet pumpkins

Back view of the pumpkins

Back view of the pumpkins

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.

Chalk painting the pallet pumpkins

Chalk painting the pallet pumpkins

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.

Halloween rustic pallet pumpkins

Halloween rustic pallet pumpkins

Farmhouse rustic pallet pumpkins for fall

Farmhouse rustic pallet pumpkins for fall

Rustic farmhouse pallet pumpkins

Rustic farmhouse pallet pumpkins

In 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 Idea You Might Enjoy:

Fun New Halloween Traditions 

​When my children were younger we put out 10 Boo bags every October 1. We pre-selected the homes were wanted to leave the treat bags and filled them with goodies. Then in the evening, we did a little ding dong ditch with the bags. We had so much fun we laughed until we cried. Since I know this could bring some joy to us and our neighbors we are making up our Boo bags again this year. 

I wanted to share how you can make some too. I hope it brings you joy. My daughter, Olivia, has put together some fantastic inexpensive Boo bag ideas. She has printouts, some Halloween candy bar wrappers (the kids can color these), and much more.

Halloween Boo bag

Halloween Boo bag

Halloween Boo Bags

Halloween Boo Bags

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.

Painted rock pumpkins

Painted rock pumpkins

More fall inspiration:

Join the Teal Pumpkin Project Movement read more …

Teal Pumpkin Project

Teal Pumpkin Project

Make some easy sew pumpkins from Goodwill shirts learn more…

Goodwill shirt easy sew pumpkins

Goodwill shirt easy sew pumpkins

For even more pumpkin inspiration

Checkout these amazing 50+ Pumpkin Decorating Ideas  I guarantee you will be inspired!!!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you found some inspiration for your fall creative adventures. I would like to invite you to join our Fall Inspiration Newsletter and get all our fun inspiration delivered to your inbox.

Happy Fall!!!

Hugs,

Kippi

 

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Denise/My Home of All Seasons

Friday 24th of September 2021

So cute Kippi! I love the boo bags too. This is the perfect year for those. A great "thank you" to so many who helped us through 2020 too. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

Linda Stoll

Friday 24th of September 2021

Gotta love those pallets!

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Meegan

Friday 20th of August 2021

Oh, Kippi! These rustic pumpkins are just as adorable as can be. I love the non-traditional colors and the farmhouse style. Such a great use if pallet scraps, as well. Thanks for sharing!

Linda Johnston

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Very nice for fall porch decor! Great tutorial.

Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

This is a fantastic upcycle! We never would have known that these started out as pallets. The look perfect by your front door.

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