DIY Striped & Polka Dot 4×4 Wood Pumpkins

Just so you know, I’m totally obsessed with stripes.  And polka dots. I’m giddy over these Striped & Polka Dot  4×4 Wood Pumpkins, and they are fall decor perfection!

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 Could you not DIE????


You are going to love how easy they are to make…and I’m going to show you how! These would be really fun to make in a group (Super Saturday), as a gift, or for your own cute house!  I made these for less than $2, since I already had the paint.

Going in on it with someone will drastically reduce your costs, because you can share paint, and the 4×4 post. You can get a lot of the supplies at Michaels–craft paint, twine, hot glue, vinyl, and even circle stickers if you don’t have a Silhouette.  The rest of the stuff I got at Home Depot. Or, make these for others, and they become a really inexpensive and super adorable gift idea! 

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1.  The first step is to paint your wood the base color–the color you want your polka dots to be.  For the stripes, your base color will be the one that you DON’T want the top to be.  Let it dry completely.

2.  Apply your round stickers to the ( I used my Silhouette to cut out 1 inch circles) pieces of wood that you want to be polka dotted.  I didn’t have a pattern that I followed–I just added them the way I liked them!  Apply your painters tape to the piece of wood you want to be striped.  I used Frog Tape, and applied it so that I skipped a space equal to the size of the tape, so that the striped would be even.

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 3. Once the tape and stickers are on, you can paint the wood the top color–the other color!  For example, if you painted a piece of wood white first, then added the stickers, you would spray it orange.  The wood would end up being orange, with white polka dots.  Let dry completely.

4.  Remove the stickers and tape.  Using a 1 inch spade bit, drill a hole in the top of each piece of wood.  Cut your branch/stick down to the height that you want, then use hot glue or wood glue to secure it inside your drilled hole.  If you use a branch that’s smaller or larger than 1 inch, you will have to use a different size spade bit.  Try to find a branch that’s close to the size of one of your bits, or there will be a noticeable gap.

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 5.  Sand the edges of your wood, and VERY lightly on the fronts.  The paint will come off easily, so use a fine grit sandpaper and go very lightly.  It’s so cute, because the color you painted first will come through, giving it a really great texture and dimension.  Wipe of all the excess dust, and tie twine to the largest pumpkin! Ta-da!!! Darling striped & polka dot pumpkins!!!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! These are the perfect fall decor, because they can stay out for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!

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    1. I used Rustoleum spray paint, in orange. It was gloss, which is the only thing I could find in that color. I always sand the paint to distress it, which removes any gloss that might be there.

  1. I just love your site and have been following you for awhile now. These stripped and polka dot pumpkins are great. I had to feature them on my Facebook page this morning. Your crafts and pictures really inspire me!!

    1. I couldn’t find it either, which is SO weird! I know I posted it, lol! I went ahead and added it again–it’s there now!! Thanks so much!!! xoxo

  2. These pumpkins are adorable and so simple to make. I am hosting a craft day at my house for family and friends to make these. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. I look forward to more ideas on your blog.

    1. What a fun craft day!! I’m so glad you found me. :) Thanks so much of reading!!! xoxo

  3. Kierste, I love all your craft ideas. I went yesterday to buy my supplies for the beautiful fall berry garland wreath. I started it today but ran out of twine before I could finish (my fault. . Didn’t buy enough):-( but I am so excited to finish it! Next weekend my husband said he would cut my wood for the precious striped and polka dot pumpkins. I want to thank you for sparking my interest in making crafts again and putting the warmth back in my home that can only be achieved through these beautiful handmade items. Bless your heart:-)

    1. Yay!! That makes me SO happy!! Sorry you didn’t have enough twine–I’ve totally done that before! Thank you so much for reading, and for commenting. Have fun creating!!! xo

    1. I didn’t use a finish on this project, because I don’t think it matters. I think you’re good leaving it as is, but a finish wouldn’t hurt it. If you do use one, I would suggest a matte finish! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! xoxo

      1. Sorry! I should have been more clear. What finish was the spray paint? Was it gloss or satin or flat or does it matter? Thanks!

  4. Adorable! Any suggestions other than vinyl circles. I bought round xmas stickers and it didn’t work! I repainted over but need another suggestion. Thank you!

    1. What went wrong? Did they not stick? You could buy a sheet of vinyl at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joann Fabric, then use a 1 inch circle punch to cut circles out. I’ve bought single sheet of vinyl before, or if you’re going to do it with friends, you could buy a roll–doesn’t matter which brand, just buy with they have! Good luck, and let me know if you have any other questions!

    1. Yes, vinyl sheets are sticky. Once you punch the holes out, peel off the back, and stick them onto the wood!

  5. Oh I am giddy. I love them! I’ve made the firecrackers. But these are great! Thanks for including the ‘how to’ I’d love you to link to my Fabulous Fall linky party!!

    1. Yes! These are my peppermint striped candlesticks, and I love them!

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