What's the deal with wooden pumpkins? They're rustic in style and look great as seasonal deco for Fall months. Did you know they are easy to make too? Yep!
Here are some simple material sources you can use to make a wooden pumpkin.
- Pallet wood
- Downed trees
- Wooden dowels
Each source is used to create a different style. The steps after finding your source will include cutting your pieces down to size, sanding edges, and then assembling the pieces together. Painting is optional, but there are some advantages to painting wood, as always, but paint can cover up stylish wood-grain, so be conscious of that.
Yes, you can always buy a pre-cut wooden pumpkin, but then you wouldn't get the enjoyment of making it yourself, and the memories that go along with it. To do a cutout you will first need a stencil. There are a number of stencils available online you can print off and then overlay onto your wood as a template. Cutouts can be made with any of the sources of wood listed above. To do so with dowels, you will need to glue the cut pieces together and then cut into the pumpkin shape.
If you want something different than a pumpkin cutout, try making a sign. Signs are only limited to your creativity and skills. They make great entryway decorations or signs on your door, to show everyone your love for the season. This option works great with reclaimed wood, such as the pallet wood listed above.
By far the most difficult, but if you have the skill it can be the most rewarding! Not to mention, you will have a pumpkin that will last practically forever. Carve enough of them and you can decorate your entire home with a family of wooden pumpkins. The best source of wood for this will be downed trees, as you will want a solid block of wood that offers character only a natural source could.