DIY Pallet Pumpkins for Outdoors
I have never made anything from pallets before. For several years I kept seeing this pallet pumpkin post by Infarrantlycreative . The NEED to have these never stopped, yip yip and a woo hoo, this year Herman built me some pallet pumpkins.
Last year my fall theme was neutral greys and white. This year I am repeating that with some pops of orange for interest. I considered adding an orange leaf to the pallet pumpkins, but decided to keep them totally neutral.
Make the Pattern and Build
To create a template cut out a piece of paper just a couple in
ches wider than you want for your pumpkins. For the short chubby pumpkin I cut the paper 23″ square. For the tall slim pumpkin I cut the paper 27″ by 19″.
Creating a template prior to painting allows you to erase as needed, while creating not only the outline for the pumpkin shaped wood cut, but for the painting sections. Here is a terrific drawing how to video .
Cut out your pumpkin template, lay it out on a 1/4″ piece of scrap plywood, confirm the plywood is large enough.
Cover the plywood with sanded pallet strips, for the short pumpkin I placed them horizontal, for the tall pumpkin vertical. Once the small piece of plywood is completely covered add a tack with to hold the pallet strips in place.
Place your template on top of the pallet strips, mark out the outside edge. With a jigsaw cut out the pumpkin shape. Flip your project over and nail all the pallet pieces securely.
How to Paint the Pumpkins
This picture is from a cushion I painted using the same method.
Paint the entire pumpkin surface lightly with white. Outline the pumpkin sections with dark grey.
Fill the rest of the sections with a lighter grey.
Keeping in mind the round shape of a pumpkin, paint long C shaped strokes that match the curvature. Fill your pumpkin in by section.
As you complete each section, use a small brush and Burnt Umber to paint along the inside of the pumpkin section outlines. The colours will blend.
If you put on too much dark paint even it out by adding more white. If your shading is too light add some more burnt umber.
To paint the stem. Fill in with grey, outline with burnt umber and add a few extra strokes for texture.
As the pumpkins are for curb appeal, I left the outlines a bit harsher. Of course you can blend the colours more if you want to. You can apply a matte coat of varathane or leave as are to weather.
Let the pumpkins dry and then embellish.
I used some left over rope from a farmhouse vase project, cut some leaves out from grey corduroy and added a grey metal plate. The plate was bought to make a light switch cover but never used because I forgot I had wide switches.
Tie a pretty rope bow, tie the center with raffia, leave streamers to hang down.
Wrap and glue rope around the stem, making sure the front is left unglued, leave long rope tails to hang down.
Thread a button with raffia and attach the rope bow by threading the raffia under the rope on the front of the stem. Tie in a knot under the button where it doesn’t show. Let the tails hang down.
Repeat this process for the other pumpkin. Then glue any other embellishments you like to the pumpkin.
Instead of adding orange leaves to the pumpkins, I placed a small pot of mums in front. I wonder if you noticed our Great Pyrenees guarding me. It’s exactly what you would see if you came to our door.
I got the front step ready for fall. Step one done. On to the foyer.