How to Build a Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Build a unique rustic pumpkin stand to use as porch decor, a creative candy dish or even a planter. This guide walks you through every step.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.