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How To Make Pretty Rosette And Scrap Wood Pumpkins For Fall Decorating

You can make these wood rosette and scrap wood pumpkins in a matter of minutes. They are so easy…..and so fun. I made some of the wood pumpkins back in 2014 and decided it was time to use the rest of my yard sale rosette blocks. I made a total of 18 wood pumpkins, 3 reclaimed wood pumpkins and 15 wood rosette pumpkins. They’re painted various colors and I added tree limb “stems” and pretty ribbon decorations.

How To Make Wood Rosette Pumpkins For Fall Decorating

I dug through my scrap wood stash and found 3 old pieces of wood that made perfect pumpkins. I had to spruce up the wood a bit but that wasn’t a problem. The unfinished wood rosettes were ready for paint.

wood rosette block pumpkins

What do you think of all that pumpkin goodness? The wood squares with the rosette design in the middle are corner molding.

wood rosette blocks

I have a box full of square wood blocks. The orange-painted blocks are from last year’s pumpkin project. I removed the stems and ribbons after the Fall holidays last year and threw them back in the box waiting on the next project idea. So far I haven’t come up with another idea. I bet you guys can come up with some ideas for the blocks.

paint for pumpkin project.

I decided on off-white, orange, and blue for the scrap wood pumpkin colors. The blue is the oops paint I bought years ago and still love. I wasn’t sure which orange color would work and I pulled out three colors to try. Turns out the FolkArt Outdoor paint in Monarch was the perfect shade. I also used this new orange color to re-paint the orange blocks from last year. It is a much prettier color.

paint a wood block turquoise

The blue oops paint is a flat sheen and I think that’s why I like it so much. Plus it’s a soft blue that has a nautical feel. Before I finish off the gallon of paint I need to take a sample of it to Home Depot and have some more paint mixed up.

painting wood for diy Fall project

If you are going to work on a small craft like this one you might as well work in bulk. I agree with the motto “work smarter, not harder”. When I get ready to spray paint a small home decor piece I search my house and workshop to see if there is anything else I want to spray paint the same color. Often I spray paint several pieces at one time.

reclaimed wood for pumpkin diy

The photo above shows the three pieces of reclaimed wood I found in my stash. The large white piece is split and uneven on one side but that’s okay. It will make a nice pumpkin. The chippy paint got cleaned up then aged a bit more with dark wax.

dark wax for paint

I painted the two smaller reclaimed wood pieces my favorite blue color then distressed with sandpaper and gave them an aged look with Howard’s Wax, Walnut color.

dry brush wood pumpkins

I dry-bushed a bit of orange onto a white pumpkin or two and onto a blue pumpkin then I dry-brushed a bit of white on some of the orange and blue pumpkins just to add a bit of pizazz.

tree branche to make pumpkin stems

I took a walk down the street in the rain to gather a few tree limbs off the street to make pumpkin stems. This would be the one time we didn’t  have any branches in our yard. You could also use wind corks, sisal rope, etc. to make the pumpkin stems.

hot glue stems to pumpkins

I used hot glue to adhere the “stems” to the wood blocks. I considered using some type of regular glue but I get immediate satisfaction with hot glue!

ribbon for decorating Fall pumpkins

Next I gathered ribbon from my stash and hot glued the ribbon to the blocks. As you can see I used a wide variety of ribbon designs and colors.

How To Make Wood Rosette Pumpkins

The three orange blocks got the yellow, orange, and green flower design ribbon. These pumpkins look so fresh and light.

paint a bunch of wood pumpkins for Fall

The rustic off-white wood rosette pumpkin on the right got distressed a bit and then dry-brushed with orange paint. The dark multi-colored ribbon was a thrift store buy as was the yellow flowery ribbon. The buffalo check ribbon and the light brown burlap looking ribbon were purchased new.

white wood pumpkins

I distressed just a few of the pumpkins and I spread the ribbon love around. I don’t think any of the pumpkins are identical.

how to make turquoise wood rosette block pumpkins

The blue pumpkins with the dark ribbon look the best, more dramatic. I went crazy and used sisal rope as a stem on one of the blue pumpkins.

white distressed wood pumpkin

There is that rustic off-white pumpkin again. I think it may be my favorite. Do you have a favorite?

colorful diy wood pumpkins

I like the blue pumpkin with the brown ribbon and that orange pumpkin with the bits of white paint.

use ribbon and tree branches to decorate wood pumpkins

The chippy white pumpkin made out of the large block of reclaimed wood got a long stem and neutral color ribbon. Keep proportions in mind when working on your DIY projects. A short stem would have just looked wrong on the tall wood block. These pumpkins are just the cutest. Wish you could see them in person. I have them sitting all over my house in small groupings.

decorate for Fall with pumpkins made from wood

What other color would you paint the wood rosette pumpkins? I still have blocks left. You might also like the little white pumpkins I decorated with things I found in my workshop….How To Decorate Small White Pumpkins

Fall pumpkin diy

Wood Rosette Pumpkins

Did you see my awesome sideboard makeover last week? If you missed it you can see it here.

Would you like to see some of my Chalk Couture creations? Click here. How about a teacup Christmas ornament idea? See my video below…

Teacup Christmas Ornaments

As always thanks for spending part of your day with me, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. What size is the white distressed pumpkin with the two rosettes? The boards I have don’t look as wide as the one you used and mine look off. Trying to get a head start on making decorations for fall.

  2. These are just so much fun and very colorful. I like that they are all different. Visiting from Creative Crafts Linky Party.

  3. I whitewashed two rosette blocks and nailed decorative hooks to their centers. I have two vintage coffee cups hanging from them and hung them on the wall beside my coffee station. I have pics but couldn’t upload them to my comment.

  4. You are absolutely tireless it seems! I am amazed by how much you do and what you magically produce from so little.