Project Guide

Build a Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

1
CUT BOARDS TO LENGTH
Cut boards length - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

WOOD CUT LIST - PUMPKIN

  • Four cedar fence pickets cut into 18-inch long pieces (length can be flexible to accommodate all four cuts on a single cedar fence picket)
  • Two 1 x 2 x 20-inch long
  • One 1 x 2 x 8-inch long (length can be flexible to use up scrap wood)


WOOD CUT LIST - FRONT BOX

  • One 17-inch long cedar fence picket
  • Two 5 ½-inch long cedar fence pickets
  • One 16-inch long cedar fence picket 


Cut all of your boards according to the cut list. 

  • For the pumpkin pieces, you have some flexibility to cut slightly shorter to accommodate all of the pieces per the materials list. 
  • For the box pieces, it is important to cut straight and accurate to the cut list. 


Tip: The easiest saw to cut these pieces with is a miter saw, but a circular saw can be used as well.

2
CREATE PUMPKIN BOARD
Create pumpkin board - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
  • Lay the four fence pickets on the work surface so the overall width is about 23 inches. 
  • Place the 20-inch long 1 x 2-inch boards on top, with about a 1 ½-inch gap on either end. 
  • Use wood glue and two 1-inch staples per overlap of 1 x 2-inch board and each cedar fence picket to secure the 1 x 2-inch boards to the fence pickets. 


Tip: Use the 1 ½-inch wide stems as a guide when spacing out boards.

3
SECURE THE PUMPKIN FACE
Secure pumpkin face - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
  • Flip the project over. 
  • Add two additional staples per overlap of fence picket and 1 x 2-inch boards to secure fence pickets from the front to the 1 x 2-inch supports. 


Tip: Do not staple within 1 inch of the edges, as there is no 1 x 2-inch backing here.

4
DRAW PUMPKIN SHAPE
Draw pumpkin shape - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
  • Starting 3 inches out at the bottom edges, draw a pumpkin shape on the front of the cedar boards. 
  • Avoid drawing so that the 1 x 2-inch supports will be crossed.
5
CUT OUT PUMPKIN SHAPE
Cut out pumpkin shape - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
  • Position the project with the area to be cut hanging over the work surface so that the jig saw blade can cut freely. 
  • Use the jig saw to cut out your pumpkin shape on one side. 
  • Remove the clamps and reposition and reclamp to cut the other side of the pumpkin shape. 


Safety: Secure the project to the work surface with two clamps and test to make sure project is secure before cutting.

6
ATTACH STEM
Attach stem - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

Place the stem in the center of pumpkin and attach with glue and staples.

7
BUILD THE BOX
Build the box - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

Use the glue and staples to attach the front of the box to the sides of the box.

8
ATTACH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX
Attach bottom box - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
  • Apply glue along the three exposed edges on one side of the box and attach the final piece to make the bottom. 
  • Staple in place along the side and front edges with staples.
9
ATTACH BOX TO PUMPKIN
Attach box to pumpkin - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
  • Place the box open side up on your work surface. 
  • Apply glue along the top edges. 
  • Place the pumpkin on top, aligning the bottom edge and the start of the pumpkin shaped cut with the outside corners of the box. 
  • Use staples to secure bottom of pumpkin to bottom of box. 


Tip: Use a straight edge to guide you when stapling the pumpkin to the sides of the box.

10
SAND AND STAIN
Sand and stain - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

Sand any rough edges with a sanding block. Paint or stain as desired and enjoy!