DIY wood pumpkins

I was looking for inspiration for my Halloween swap gift and of course began browsing my Pinterest Halloween board where I saw this cute tut.  I got to work and within my daughter’s naptime, had a fun pumpkin trio set for my swap partner:
Note: I did alter the original tutorial  :)

To make your own, you’ll need:
  • (1) 2×4: Cut in sizes 6″, 8″ and 10″ heights 
  • (1) Chunky stick, cut into 3 pieces with saw
  • (3) Headless nails 
  • Chisel & Hammer (wear gloves)
  • Mouse sander
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint 
  • Coordinating brown ribbon

To make these bad boys:
{Part 1}
1. Cut a 2×4 into 3 sizes: 6″, 8″ and 10″
2. Use mouse sander to sand away splinters/rough edges
3. Use chisel to create pumpkin-like grooves
4. Discover 4-year old’s pictures while you were chiseling ;)
5. Smother blocks in orange pumpkin-y paint
6. Distress pumpkins with black paint

Take a break and catch up on DVR’d shows wait for paint to dry :)

{Part 2}
1. After paint is dry, drill nail-size hole into wood
2. Add wood glue onto headless nail
3. Insert headless nail into drilled hole
4. Cut wood stick into 3 pieces (mine are between 1.5-2.5″)
5. Drill hole into stick
6. Lightly hammer stick into nail so there’s no gap
When wood glue is dry, top with ribbon and that’s that! 

Your pumpkin trio set is all ready for display:

I am getting SO STINKIN’ EXCITED for the holidays as my home is getting more & more festive each week… is yours done?  Have you not started (like Kristi?)  
Check out all our fall/autumn ideas like the double-sided pumpkins…they’re a simplified version of these cute pumpkins.  And out another altered tutorial, this cute aged canned ring pumpkin.
Pretty faux-aged canning ring pumpkin
We think you’ll like our painted pumpkins too!
Easy honeycomb & chevron painted pumpkin tutorial!
Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • Lindsay - Aw, this is a super cute project! I really love how you can transform little 2×4's into adorable little pumpkins! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - So cute! Heading to my garage to look for some junk wood! Thanks for sharing!

  • Vanessa - I love how you made those pumpkins. Thanks for sharing.


  • Jaime - Kelli too darn cute for sure. I'm a wood lover so any project using wood, more importantly wood SCRAPS makes my heart skip a beat. I'm definitely giving this on a go, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - Yeah swaps!! I bet she will love it !!!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna - I love this! I actually pinned the same pumpkins on on my board too, but yours are so much cuter. Great job ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - DUDE! I just made some really similar to those, too! I'm telling you…wood is just begging everyone to play fairy god mother and turn them into pumpkins right now. SO CUTE!ReplyCancel

  • Love Sweet Love - PERFECT! Seriously they are so cute-totally pinning right away! :) I'm the same as you-SO excited and ready for Halloween. Every time I think I can't fit one more decoration in my house I find something else I just *have* to do! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - So stinkin' cute! I wonder if I can get my hubby to help me make some! ;)

    I just started decorating for fall, we had a lousy summer here and I was in denial that it was ending already!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Clever idea, they are darling and I really love the tops!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - Darling. I seriously love them. I think I need to make myself a set for my fire place. :)ReplyCancel

  • DeeDee - ADORABLE! You did a great job! I've just pinned you so I can try them myself! :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Hola chiquitas bonitas! I just linked my post up to you! <3

  • Lil' Luna - Too, too cute!! Want to make me some?! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tonia @ - How adorable! I love that you can just use some scraps to make these and that they won't rot after a couple of days :)ReplyCancel

  • Jess@Balancing The Dream - new follower here!!! This is sooo incredibly cute!!! you did a great job!! very impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Candace @ Candace Creations - these rock! Come link up to scrappy saturdays over at I'd love to see you there!


  • WhyCuzICan - These, honestly, are the most abstract and interesting theme of pumpkin I have seen this season– wow! NEAT idea! Good job :)

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Visiting from Midwestern Sewing Girl's linky party {Everything Halloween}
    ~Suzanne in NW IllinoisReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin Saenz - These are darling! I really like them! It looks like something I could do…I might have to add that to my fall to do list! I haven't started to decorate for fall yet really…there is just so much else going on…when do you find the time?! Anyways thanks for linking up to my party last week!

    Hope to see again tomorrow for another blog party at my place!

    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  • Sarah - I featured this on my "things I like thursday" post today, here's the link:

  • Candace @ Candace Creations - these are awesome I love em! This post is being featured this weekend at scrappy saturdays so come on back to grab a button and link up to the next party ;)

    See you there


  • Allison @ House of Hepworths - I love your pumpkin so I featured it today! Check it out here. :)

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Have a great weekend!!


    Allison @ House of HepworthsReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - These are soooo amazing! I love them! My porch does too!! How inspiring!ReplyCancel

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