DIY Challenge Wooden Pumpkin


Craft Wood inspiration

Welcome to October’s DIY Challenge! This months DIY Challenge was to make something from wooden pieces from a craft store. I chose to do a DIY Challenge Wooden Pumpkin.

A great big shout out to Terrie at Decorate And More WithTip for heading up this months challenge. She always finds the best themes for us to make!

If you are coming here from Gails at Purple Hues and Me, welcome!

Supplies to make a pumpkin

This craft isn’t hard but it does have a lot of steps.

I’ve tried to break it down to make it easy for you!


Here is the list of supplies you will need in case you want to make a pumpkin!

1 bag of 6 wood slats 7.14″ x 2.18″ x 0.187″.  I found mine here.

Acrylic Paint

Paint brushes

Scrapbook paper


Jute Twine

1 piece of wood 


Hot Glue gun and glue

Small miter saw

drawing a pumpkin on wooden pieces

Design The Pumpkin

I laid 3 of my wooden slats together and drew on a wooden pumpkin shape.

Don’t stress of this, even real pumpkins have bumps and aren’t perfect!

using a jig saw to cut out a pumpkin

Cut Out The Pumpkin

I cut out my pumpkin using a jig saw, although I will admit that if you have access to a skill saw it would be more fitting to use.

Since my pieces were small, I clamped them to the table to hold the wood in place while sawing.

adding glue to a piece of wood

Glue the Pumpkin Together

Put the 3 pieces of wood together, the flip them over making sure they fit together snugly.

Take another piece of wood and add wood glue to it and glue it horizontally to the middle of the 3 pieces of wood the make the pumpkin.

Let it dry completely.

TIP: Gently place something heavy on top of the wood pieces to make sure they adhere completely.

drawing details on a pumpkin

Draw The Center Of The Pumpkin

Draw the center of the pumpkin.

Be sure and draw it lightly as pencil lead will show through the paint.

tracing a pumpkin part

Make a Template of the Center Of The Pumpkin

Using a piece of tracing paper, lay it on the pumpkin and trace your drawing of the center of the pumpkin.

Lay out your decorative paper with the back side up.

Place a piece of tracing paper on top.

Then put your template on top of the tracing paper.

Trace using a stylus or pencil.

Cut out your decorative piece.

painting a pumpkin

Paint The Pumpkin

Paint your pumpkin stem and the entire pumpkin.

Front and back.

Adding decorative paper with mod podge

Adhere The Decorative Paper To The Pumpkin

Using Mod Podge, adhere your decorative paper to the center of your pumpkin.

gluing jute to a wooden pumpkin

Add Jute To The Outer Edge Of The Pumpkin Piece

Using a fine line of hot glue, glue your jute to the outline of the decorative paper.

wooden pumpkin

Add A Cute Bow

sawing a piece of wood

Make the Pumpkin Base

Using your thin piece of wood cut off a piece the length of the bottom of your pumpkin.

Sand the edges well, then paint all sides of the wood black.

DIY Challenge pumpkin

Glue the Base To The Pumpkin

Using hot glue, glue the pumpkin to the base.

You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds until it adheres.

Wooden pumpkin at the coffee bar

Decorate With Your DIY Challenge Wooden Pumpkin

The pumpkin is finished and it’s time to decorate with it!

I loved doing this challenge.

Lot’s of steps, but super easy to make.

Now it’s time to head over to Kelli’s at  K’s Olympic Nest to see what fun items she made!

Be sure to visit all of the participants, you won’t want to miss all of the wonderful inspiration they are sharing!

Decorate and More with Tip | Purple Hues and Me | Patina and Paint

K’s Olympic Nest | Blessings by Me | The House on Silverado

Junk to Gems | Cloches and Lavender | Bluesky at Home


Until next time….

DIY Challenge Wooden Pumpkin

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  1. Your wood pumpkin is so cute and adorable, Tammy! You have some serious woodworking skills using a jig saw to cut the pumpkin out! And the bow is the icing on pumpkin, lol! Great job!

    1. Thanks Gail! I just learned how to use a jig saw this past summer and I’m trying to expand my skills using it.

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