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DIY Rustic Fence Board Pumpkins

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Made from leftover wood, these DIY rustic fence board pumpkins are fun, inexpensive and easy to complete with spray paint and vinyl letters. 

orange wooden pumpkin with Happy Fall Y'all stickers on it 

Just last week I shared with you my humble home all decked out for fall.

Made from leftover wood, these DIY rustic fence board pumpkins are fun, inexpensive and easy to complete with spray paint and vinyl letters. 

Fall is everywhere in my home, but one of my favorite places is the way we greet friends and family with a good ol’ southern welcome!

Made from leftover wood, these DIY rustic fence board pumpkins are fun, inexpensive and easy to complete with spray paint and vinyl letters.  

Here’s my DIY hubby to give you all the details on our fun fence board pumpkins.

DIY Rustic Fence Board Pumpkins

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Materials:

5-inch Disc Sander
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape
Orange Spray Paint and Primer
Cricut Explore Air
Adhesive Vinyl
Transfer Paper

From Tim: You loyal readers of MM’s will know that I will make just about anything out of re-purposed fence boards!  It’s a completely free resource if you just keep your eyes open while driving around.  Folks are always more than willing to let a pile of wood disappear from the yard.  

Step 1: Locate and prepare wood

One thing I have noticed is that it is important to stage the wood in various degrees of readiness.  Some of mine is an actual fence in our backyard, but it’s just leaning on another wire fence – that’s in the weathering stage.  

Another stack has been de-constructed and the nails have been removed – this is the almost ready stage.  The last pile is inside the workshop, dry and ready to go.

 You’ll notice that the wood is pretty green looking in the picture below.  That’s not new wood, it has just weathered that way.  Sometimes I’ll pressure wash or even sand the raw slats, depending on how the wood will be finished.  

For these fence board pumpkins, a light over-spray with spray paint was coming so the green tint was not an issue.

A bird sitting on top of a wooden bench

The real appeal of this material is its raw, naked beauty.  To take advantage of that, I typically let the project take on an intentionally distressed, imperfect feel.  

Step 2: Cut out design

For these pumpkins, I chose not to use a perfectly symmetrical pattern traced on the wood and then cut out.  I first determined the length for the widest middle piece, then backed off each direction roughly two inches with each slat.  The ends were cut with a chop saw and then rounded with a jig saw.  

Step 3: Distress

For extra distressing, I used a disc sander with a 60-grit wheel (which is like gravel glued to sandpaper) and roughed-up all the edges.  This also helped grab the orange paint a bit better.  

Since these were going in a flower bed, the vertical center stake was the anchor point and also the stem of the pumpkin, with a point on the other end to penetrate soil.

Pumpkin and Fence

Step 4: Paint

This was a super-fast, super-simple project.  To finish it off I taped off each end of the center stake (props to my Frog Tape friends!) and over-sprayed with the orange gloss spray paint.  Two coats here, just to enhance the color.

A wooden bench sitting on top of a picnic table

 Same for the larger pumpkin.  I love how the wood takes the color but also retains the imperfections in the grain.

A wooden bench

A close up of a picnic table

Remove the tape and my work here is done!  My bride will put on her finishing touches, but these are pretty cute and incredibly easy!

A pile of wood in a box

Marty here: I loved the pumpkins Tim made, but I just had to add my own twist to it.

Step 5: Add adhesive letters

I hauled out my trusty Cricut diecutting machine and went to work. I chose the Lyrical Letters font for this project.

Pumpkin and Fence

You can see the details of the exact process on how I use my vinyl letters on fence board on this post or see how I made a family gallery wall with vinyl lettering here. 

Calendar

 A good vinyl and transfer paper are necessary (this is my favorite vinyl and transfer paper).

A close up of a rug

Here’s the wood pumpkin without the greeting.

 A pile of wood in a box

And here it is so much more welcoming and happy!

Made from leftover wood, these DIY rustic fence board pumpkins are fun, inexpensive and easy to complete with spray paint and vinyl letters. 

There you have it! 

What’s your favorite part of fall?

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  2. This is such an adorable pumpkin project! 🙂 Thank you for linking up at “A Little Bird Told Me” Wednesday link party. You have been featured on Mama’s Happy Hive blog! 🙂

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