As an avid DIYer, it is inevitable that I have accumulated a surplus of scrap wood in the garage. Sometimes it comes in handy for a new project, as an aid to another or becomes a new project all together. Today we are in that latter camp with some DIY scrap wood pumpkins. With fall starting to creep in, I am getting the itch to fallify (that’s a word right?) the house. And if you have learned anything from me over the years, I love to repurpose items especially if they can become decor for $0. The best part is, I am going to show you how to make your own scrap wood pumpkins.
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As I mentioned above, we have no shortage of scrap wood in our garage. Let’s just say its a good thing our garage is oversized and we don’t have large cars, haha! You might recall this is not the first time I have scavenged my scrap wood pile and my wood houses definitely inspired this project.
DIY Scrap Wood Houses
Rummage through your scrap wood pile and pick a sizeable piece. I chose to use a 20×9 inch piece of plywood I used to make a side table for our family room. It was already painted from the previous project and would work well for my pumpkins.
Cut it in half. I wanted to make two pumpkins so I cut my scrap piece of wood in half with the miter saw. I didn’t cut it quite in the middle because I wanted one to be larger than the other. You could also use two smaller pieces depending on what kind of scraps you have on hand.
Make the 45 degree angled cuts. I wanted my pumpkins to be octagons so I set the miter saw to 45 degrees and rotated my piece of wood to cut off all four corners giving me the octagon shape. Save two of the corner scraps to use for later. To see video of how I did this, check out my scrap wood pumpkin story highlight on Instagram. When you make these cuts, make sure the side of the wood you want to be the front is on the top for all your cuts to prevent tear out on the face side.
Cut another small piece of scrap wood to use as the stems. I used the scraps from our new stair treads. These were long thin pieces perfect to cut a small amount off of. I never like cutting a small piece from a small piece because I don’t want to lose a finger, haha! I cut a 1×1 inch piece for the small pumpkin and 1×1.5 inch piece for the larger pumpkin.
Give the octagons, stems, and two of the corner pieces a light sanding to get rid of any rough edges or splintering. I used my orbital sander to do this. You could also do this with sand paper, I just think it’s faster to use the sander.
Spray paint the pumpkins. This step is totally optional, but because mine started out black and because the cutting and sanding took away some of my finish, I decided to give the octagons and the corner pieces a fresh coat of black paint. I chose to leave the stems natural.
Once all the paint is dry, glue on the stem and the corner pieces which will act as a stand for the pumpkins. Because I used 3/4 inch plywood, the pumpkins would not stand upright on their own and needed some additional support on the back. I let my glue set and dry overnight.
This project was SO easy and it didn’t cost a dime! My favorite kind of project! But don’t worry, I have a big, exciting project in the works coming at you very soon. So stay tuned 😉
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