DIY Pallet Pumpkins for Outdoors
For several years I have been seeing pallet pumpkins on Pinterest. Every year I wanted to make some neutral pallet pumpkins for the front porch. With more persistence than actual patience, this year Hubs agreed to work with me building some pallet pumpkins.
Last year my fall theme was neutral greys and white. This year I am repeating that theme but adding little pops of orange for interest. I considered adding an orange leaf to the pallet pumpkins eventually deciding on grey corduroy instead.
Make the Pattern and Build
To create a template cut out a piece of paper just a couple inches wider than you want for your pumpkins. For the short chubby pumpkin cut the paper 23″ square. For the tall slim pumpkin 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 the pallet strips horizontally, for the tall pumpkin vertically. 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. Using carbon paper trace the outline of the pumpkin template onto your wood.
Outline the pumpkin sections with dark grey paint.
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 more vivid. Of course, you can blend the colours more if you want to. Once finished, apply a matte coat of Varathane .
Let the pumpkins dry thoroughly then add embellishments.
Add some rope or raffia, cut some leaves out of grey corduroy and add a grey metal plate or something similar, this plate is a leftover from another project.
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.
The pumpkins are grouped with one lonely Mum plant in its paper bag cover. Mums are beautiful for fall and hardy enough to withstand the cooler evenings.
Did you notice our Great Pyrenees guarding me? It’s exactly what you would see if you came to our door.
The front step is ready for fall. Step one done. On to the foyer.