Happy Fall! Yay for pumpkin season, and pumpkin bread – Mmmm. This rustic pallet pumpkin fall craft is a fun and versatile way to add pumpkins to your holiday decor. I like using pallets for crafts, because it makes them sooo cheap 🙂 .
How to Make an easy Rustic Pallet Pumpkin
- Pallet slats, or cedar fence pickets will work great too.
- Orange, green paint
Download and print the following pattern pieces. When printing make sure the print settings are at 100%, not ‘fit to page’. outer pumpkin-1, outer pumpkin-2, outer pumpkin-3, outer pumpkin-4, leaf. Line up the pumpkin pieces and tape the pattern together. Cut out the pumpkin pattern, and the leaf pattern.
Grab a few pallet slats, reclaimed wood or new wood. When I take apart pallets, I like to keep the nail heads in the board for character. Here’s a video with tips for dismantling pallets and leaving the nail heads.
Trace the pumpkin pattern onto the wood. If you are using wood with nails, arrange the wood so you won’t be trying to cut through nails. Trace a couple of leaves too.
Use a jig saw, band saw or scroll saw to cut out the pumpkin pieces and leaves. I used a jig saw for the pumpkin and a scroll saw for the leaves.
I used a fun paint layering technique that I learned here. First I spray painted the pumpkin wood slats a dark redish orange color (Rustoleum Paprika (affiliate) the pic looks pink but it’s really a dark red/orange color). After letting the paint dry, I used an orange acrylic paint to paint over the paprika.
Once the paint dried, I sanded the edges of each piece and lightly sanded the face until I achieved a rustic look with bits of the paprika color showing.
Finally, I brushed on a coat of Minwax dark walnut (affiliate). I let the stain soak in for a minute or so and wiped it off. For the leaves, I painted them a dark green and applied a second coat of lime green color. After the paint dried, I roughed up the edges and face with sand paper.
Thread wire in the holes and twist it together until tight. Drill a couple of holes at the top to attach the leaves. You can curl your wire by wrapping it around something round, like a dowel.
If you want the pumpkin to be a door hanger, drill a couple of holes near the top and run a wire or ribbon to hang your pumpkin.
Enjoy your Rustic Pallet Pumpkin! Thanks for pinning
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