DIY 2×4 Wood Pumpkin

Fall is my most favorite season, and I love to decorate for it.  I’m always on the lookout for easy, inexpensive and cute decor, and this 2×4 wood pumpkin fits the bill!

DIY 2x4 Wood Pumpkins

DIY 2×4 Wood Pumpkin

These darling wood pumpkins are so easy and fun to make! It’s a simple afternoon project, and most of the time is for the paint to dry. Pumpkins are perfect fall decor September through November, so you can make these and keep them up!

2×4 wood is so inexpensive, and because you can get several sets out of one board, this makes it the perfect project to do with someone (or as a group), or for gifts. Consider making them in different sizes in sets…for your porch, shelf, mantel, or counter.

DIY 2x4 Wood Pumpkins

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  • -2×4, cut into four 7 inch pieces (or whatever size you like)
  • -orange spray paint or craft paint
  • -dark stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
  • -lint free cloth (or an old tee shirt)
  • -sandpaper/sander
  • -green satin ribbon (I recommend wire ribbon)


1.  Paint the front, skinny edges of your wood pieces.   You can paint the whole thing if you prefer, but I like the contrast that the wood gives it on the edges.  Let it dry completely.

2.  Sand the edges and front as much as you like!  Take a lint free cloth, dip it in the stain, blot, then rub it gently along the edges and front where you sanded.  A little goes A LONG way, so start out with a tiny bit and add more if you need it.

DIY 2x4 Wood Pumpkins

3.  Tie your ribbon around the blocks, and you’re done!

Super simple, darling, and cheap. Can’t beat that!

DIY 2x4 Wood Pumpkins

*This is a vintage project, first posted in 2010! Updated 2020.

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  1. Love it! Super cute idea. I have so much scrap wood sitting around. I am excited to try this! Have a great day!

  2. i love this…and im so happy that i have all the stuff to make it….Thanks for sharing..

  3. Great idea! I love it! I did something kind of similiar with some left over wood too. You can check it out at

  4. Adorable! What would it look like with the wood going vertically, though? I'm thinking it would be kind of like the "stripes" on a pumpkin.

  5. This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing – Have a great week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  7. Love this idea!! I have sooo many 2 x 4's in my garage from my husband, now I know what I can do with them!!! Thanks! :)

  8. where do you get your "vinyl" letters? cant seem to find what you had or what I have in my mind?


  9. These are so stinkin' cute! I am going to attempt to make them. You have inspired me. Although I am not a crafty person! So I have to ask…the minwax stain goes on after you sand the orange paint? Is this to preserve?

  10. Seriously women, you really know wood! Love the ideas you give….simple….easy and absolutely adorable! You are my type of crafty girl.

  11. Katie–I think you should definitely try it vertical, and then send me pics! Great idea!

    Allthingsgirly–Any vinyl I use, I get from the site listed in my right hand sidebar. I have been using them for years, and they're great!

    The Tiptons–Yes, I stain after I paint and sand the edges. The stain is what gives it its weathered appearance. You don't need a lot–I just dab on cloth in the stain, apply it to the wood, and rub any excess off. great question!

  12. I think this would be even cuter if you did the stripes going up and down instead of side to side. Then it would look a little bit more like a pumpkin! Very cute idea!

  13. So cute!! I love this – I posted a link:×4-pumpkin.html

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I am blown away by the awesomness of this adorable and simple idea! I am so doing this!

  15. I love these!! I am doing them for a craft night in my ward…a set of three of them like you suggested. I also tried mine verticle to see what I thought….I can't decided… Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. This is SO CUTE! I'm a new follower – such fun ideas!

  17. This is so cute! I just had to make one, so I took your idea and made 3!

  18. I love these – so cute and so easy! Now to rumage through my scrap wood pile….

  19. Love it, had to share:×4-wood-pumpkin.html


  20. Do you mind me asking what color you used for your orange. It's perfect — not too orangey!

  21. linked back to you today!

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