Build a Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

1-2 hours

Use wooden crates to build a unique DIY decoration for fall

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.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

MATERIALS

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)

FRONT BOX

  • One 17-inch long cedar fence picket
  • Two 5 ½-inch long cedar fence pickets
  • One 16-inch long cedar fence picket
1
Cut boards to length
Cut boards length - Rustic Decorative Pumpkin Stand

• 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!