DIY wood pallet pumpkins

I will be sharing all about these DIY wood pallet pumpkins, with the full tutorial. I love the rustic appeal to these with just a few supplies. If you are a craft supply hoarder like me this project will cost you close to nothing.!


DIY wood pallet pumpkins! I know Halloween is almost here, but pumpkins can just be for general fall decor and we have a whole other month of fall goodness. Truth be told, this is not an original idea. Pallet pumpkins are everywhere on the interwebs. But, I wanted them. How can I not? They are fun, whimsical, rustic, bright, and so pumpkin-ish. Yes, that is how I am describing them, and I am sticking to it.


This is what I started with, a pile of wood pallets. I knew I wanted to do two. One taller and thinner one, and one standard short and plump one.


I drew a pumpkin on the pallets, free hand and easy. Pumpkins are natural, so perfectly round was not a priority.
Setting one pallet up and securing it. Then using a jig saw and sawing over drawn out line.
I also drew and cut out a pumpkin stem.
Here is how the stem will sit on the back of the pumpkin.


Using a thinner cut piece of wood and placing it along the back of the pumpkin. This is what will connect the individual pallets. You can also use wood glue for this part instead. 
Air nail time! By nailing this long board to the back it secured it enough to be sturdy.
Once they were connected it is time to paint. I used a primer first because the wood pallets were different colored. Then using a bright orange spray paint, I painted the pumpkin. I left the stem as the natural wood color.
Once done I found this green wire and decided to add some fun and color to the pumpkins. Then to add the whimsical and fun to the pumpkins I twisted it around my finger to make it be a spiral. As pumpkins stems are naturally, of course!
It now has a whimsical appearance of the leaves on a pumpkin.


The DIY wood pallet pumpkins are done!
I think they add just a little something to the entry.My fall front porch is full or traditional decor items and a ton of DIY project. Which means these DIY wood pallet pumpkins fit right in!
I went with a more subtle feel to my fall home tour inside, keeping the colors light and the emphasis on nature. Outside I can go bold with colors since this time of year the outside is where the color is always at. The trees are just starting to turn bright red and golden. Such a beautiful time of year!
Seriously, how perfect are wood pallets? They are the best project supply, and because I have a neighbor who gets them all the time for his business I have my pick of pallets at the ready.
I think these DIY wood pallet pumpkins are something that should be a mainstay for every persons home in fall. It is one of the easiest projects I have done, I can create them as big or small as I want, also they are sturdy and will last for years to come. So now my wood pallet pumpkins are going to be out on the interwebs, just one more of many. But, I mean with how simple and cute they are, of course they are so popular!
 Have you created any wood pallet fall decor?


39 Comment

  1. Clara R. says: Reply

    I love these! I have seen them at a few sites and other blogs. The bright orange color you chose to use is great.

    1. Thank you! Like I said, there is a reason these pallet pumpkins are everywhere. hey are so simple to create and are a great addition to Halloween decor!

  2. What a neat project! They look great!

  3. Marci says: Reply

    I love how they look in front of your house with the mums. So festive and creative!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I love using mums for decor this time of year!

  4. We don’t celebrate Halloween, but we love the pumpkin season. And any chance I get to use power tools is a plus! Cool craft. Will have to try it when we move into our new home.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Power tools are so fun to use 🙂

  5. What a cute idea. I like that using the pallets would make them durable for outdoor use.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Very true, these hold up great outside.

  6. Amanda says: Reply

    These are too cute! Love that idea!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  7. These came out so lovely. Love that you are reusing old pallets to create fun fall decor.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! I use pallets sometimes too much! They are so simple to work with.

  8. What a great way to use up leftover wood plus get into the Halloween spirit. i am liking this idea so much.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you Rebecca!

  9. These are adorable! I am the absolute worst crafter, but I bet I could get my husband to make them! 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      These are really easy to make!

  10. Your porch always looks great. I love it that these can be used over and over again. It is always sad to throw out my real pumpkins.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much! These are great to keep around for many years.

  11. Ariel says: Reply

    Fun idea for left-over palette boards! Super seasonal too. Do you do trees at Christmas as well?

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I have never thought to make some for Christmas, really good idea and I am totally going to make some! I will credit you in a future post for the inspiration 🙂

  12. Emily, these are SO adorable! Pinning!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you Roxanne!

  13. I love these because they are so versatile. Adjust the size, adjust the color, pick a place to put them! 🙂 Happy fall! 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      So true, that is the best part of DIY! Happy fall to you too!

  14. BonBon says: Reply

    So cute. Your porch looks so inviting with all the color of the mums and the pumpkins.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I love decorating my front porch, it is a lot of fun.

  15. Sarah says: Reply

    Looks great, Emily! Love your fall look.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  16. Woohoo! I was waiting for the tutorial on this! Thank you for sharing. I think I need to get a hold of a couple pallets. So cute

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Awesome! So happy you were wanting this and that I made the tutorial 🙂 Thanks for the support!

  17. Kati says: Reply

    Love these pumpkins! I need to make some since i have a few extra pallets laying around. Pinned!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Have fun! These are so simple to make!

  18. Sarah says: Reply

    Such a fun project! They look so adorable. Pinned!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you Sarah!

  19. Adorable Emily! I love a good pallet project! Pinning!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Pallet projects are awesome! Thanks for the support April!

  20. I love your pallet pumpkins they turned out beautiful!!!

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