Fall Decorating – DIY Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins Tutorial

Hello fine friends.

I love nothing better than to create something new that would have otherwise ended up in the trash.  And that is truly the case with my reclaimed wood pumpkins.

Wood Pumpkin Art

Do you happen to know what a squash bug is?

I do.

They are nasty little creatures that we have battled for years and they destroy all of our vine plants in our garden.  And if a pumpkin or two manages to survive the onslaught of these buggers, then the rabbits eat them up.

So this year, I decided to be ready.  If no pumpkins make it, no worries, I am making my own.

(In case you are wondering – one little white pumpkin made it and a handful of jack-be-little pumpkins are decorating our home – the rest are fake or purchased!)


I made them out of reclaimed wood.

But not just any old wood.

Truth be told, I am quite the sentimental girl.  All of the wood we used was salvaged from my Grandfather’s house, that he built by hand, piece by piece.  It had to be torn down 2 years ago and I salvaged what I could.  This project seemed like a perfect way to actually use the wood and get it out of storage.


The process is quite simple, if you are comfortable using a jigsaw, you can do this.  I recently completed a similar project using the same basic technique to make a whale.

Materials Needed:

– 1/4 Plywood ( we used scrap we had)

– Salvaged wood, reclaimed lumber, pallet wood – whatever you can get your hands on

– Wood glue

– Small brad nails and screws

– Sandpaper

– Hanger bolts (double threaded screws)

– Small tree branches

– Stain, wax and sealer

– Tools needed are a chop saw or miter box, screw gun, hammer and jigsaw

Step 1:

Sketch your pumpkin shape on plywood and cut out the shape with a jigsaw.

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkin Tutorial

 Step 2:

Using your miter box or chop saw, cut down the salvaged wood in lengths that go about an inch beyond the length of your pumpkin on all sides.  Line them up on top of the pumpkin to form the pattern.  Our wood happened to be tongue and groove, but that is not necessary.

Planked Wood Pumpkin Tutorial

Place another piece of plywood on top to make a “plywood sandwich” (this does not get attached, it is just there to steady the planks to be flipped over).  Now flip everything over.  The placed piece of plywood should now be on the bottom and the plywood pumpkin should be on top.  Apply wood glue to the front of the plywood pumpkin and place it back down on the back side of the reclaimed wood.  Now attach small brad nails through the plywood and into the planks spacing throughout.  We also decided to add some small screws to the edge pieces so they held tightly.  Just take note of the thickness of your wood so it doesn’t come through the front.

Place something heavy on top of the pumpkin and leave over night or several hours to dry.

Step 3:

The plywood pumpkin is now your pattern and guide for cutting the reclaimed wood.  Follow the profile with the jigsaw and cut the pumpkin shape into the planks.

How To Make Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins


Step 4:

Sand down all of the rough edges.  I used a palm sander and it went very quickly.  I also softened down the front edges of the perimeter of the pumpkin.

Step 5:

Drill a hole in the top of the pumpkin where you would like the stem to be attached.  Make sure the hole is large enough to accommodate your hanger bolt.  Drill another hole into a piece of branch for the stem (this can be cut down with your miter box or chop saw).  Attach the hanger bolt into the pumpkin first – turning it with a pair of pliers.  Attach the stem/branch turning by hand.  Depending on the curve of the top of your pumpkin, you may need to sand the bottom of the stem slightly to fit snuggly.

Salvaged Wood Pumpkin Tutorial

Using scraps from your cuts, or whatever you have available, attach one board at the bottom using wood screws.  Drill a small pilot hole for each screw to avoid risk of splitting the wood.

Step 6:

This step is purely optional and up to personal taste.  I added a light coat of dark stain to everything and wiped it off really quick.  It unified everything a little bit.  I also added a coat of clear was because I love the way it finishes everything off.  Because this is going to be outside and needs protection I added a spray clear coat.  This also keeps the wax from melting in the heat.

And now our front porch is all set for fall.


Reclaimed Wood Pumpkin

If you would like to see the rest of our home decorated for fall, you can visit here. 

Actually, it is the start of a home tour of 16 bloggers home and ends with tips from Better Homes and Gardens.


The wreath on our front door can be found here.


Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day.

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73 thoughts on “Fall Decorating – DIY Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins”


  1. Those dang squash bugs are the bane of my existence and I soooooooo feel your pain! Daggumed little wretches took every single vine I had from hero to zero in literally a couple of days. I’ve a bunch of old pallets – you’ll find me out in the yard today making a couple of these – thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hi Laura, What a sweet idea! Your porch looks great and I love how welcoming it is. You’ve got great style – that gray trunk is perfect!

  3. Laura, I always love what you do, and these pumpkins are no exception – they’re fabulous! I just love that you made them out of the wood from you grandfather’s house. Happy Fall!

  4. Love your wood pumpkins!! And what a wonderful way to use and preserve the wood form your grandfather’s house! Visiting today from the It’s Fall Y’all at the outdoor and door décor link party… and I’ll be sure to follow in some way.

  5. These are so great!! I just made pumpkins out of 4x4s. My husband totally didn’t get it 🙂 But I am really into pumpkins made out of wood and other unusual things. Love these!

  6. Hi Laura,

    These are so adorable and I love that you used wood that had meaning to you. I featured these today on my blog on my October 4, 2013 post called Pumpkin Fluff. I don’t want to leave a link and be spammy, though.

    Love them. I’m a new follower and looking forward to more beautiful projects to follow.

  7. I have been on vacation and I am reading your blog posts backwards. I completed your survey. I thought it was funny that I mentioned I liked posts about using salvaged items from your families home. I had to laugh to myself when I started reading this post! Cute project and the outdoor decorations with the trunk look great.

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  12. Just finished a Christmas tree from my scrap wood which was labor intensive as I am a novice at this. Your tutorial on “sandwiching” technique gave me info I desperately needed! Can’t wait to cut my wood for fall deco. My birthday is coming up and I am requesting a jigsaw. What are some suggestions?

  13. Wow. That’s so amazing that the wood is used from your grandfathers house. I am sentimental too and I love that idea. Well done. (Tears stream down my face)

  14. I just bought me ajigsaw I’m about to have fun diagnoiced with depression on disability I have started painting pallets in my kitchen.I have enjoyed doing this just finished a snowman for Christmas next Christmas tree I have painted 3 flags USA 1 Texas flag daughter lives there 1 all lives matter fire emt police 1 rebel flag.I’m from the deep south.now my problem is finding pallets people want to get rid of instead of paying for them.

  15. Hello! Have a question for you- are pumpkins standing separately? And how did you attache them on the bottom? We made it out of picket fence wood. It is thinner and did not do plywood in the back. Love yours and we are about to finish ours.

  16. Can you tell me where I can get a hold of the pallet pumpkins and the price. I love them for fall.

  17. Can you tell me what the dimensions are on your reclaimed rustic wood pumpkins? My husband offered to try and make me three pumpkins like in your picture, but he’s curious what their sizes are. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you,
    Pat Welti

  18. I would love to know the rough dimensions of each pumpkin. My sister and I are wanting to do this DIY together.

  19. I love your pumpkins!! I have been looking for a way to make some but didn’t want the usually bright Halloweeny look to them. Thank you so much for this!! Just beautiful!!