DIY 4X4 Wood Pumpkins… Front Porch Fall Decor

DIY 4X4 Wood Pumpkins... Front Porch Fall Decor
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If you’re looking for fun and easy DIY Fall decor, you’re in the right place. Today I’m excited to share with you a project that started out with my Grands… and ended with me alone with my paintbrush of course. Kids! These 4X4 wood pumpkins are the perfect rustic complement to any front porch for Fall. I had a lot of fun creating whimsical designs and even put my own colors and paint techniques on them to compliment my own style. Anything goes!

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DIY 4X4 Wood Pumpkins… Fall Front Porch Decor

Easy DIY 4X4 Wood Pumpkins

To start with, you’ll need 4X4 wood posts. These wood posts aren’t hard to find are commonly used for building privacy fences. I’ve had more than one neighbor rebuild their fence over the last few years in my neighborhood. They were more than happy to have me haul them away. You don’t have to buy new and it’s best if they have weathered and are dried out. To clean them up before you start your 4X4 wood pumpkins project, give then a quick sanding. Watch out for splinters!

* Warning… these pressure treated posts are treated with chemicals to make them last longer outdoors. If you need to sand them off a bit, be sure, and use protective eyewear, mask, and gloves in a well-ventilated area.

Supply List: 4X4 Wood Pumpkins

Chose Your Colors |Custom Mixing

So, we decided that we didn’t want the traditional orange (you know I have to be different) so we mixed a few colors we had on hand. Barn Red, Daisy, and Colonel Mustard to create a softer version of orange.

4X4 wooden pumpkins that even a kid can create.

Feel free to experiment and come up with different colors. Layering similar colors on top of each other will give your 4X4 wood pumpkins depth and interest. Who wants boring pumpkins? I created a few shades by adding a bit more of the red paint.

Adding A Whimsical Touch To 4X4 Wood Pumpkins

Add a whimsical touch to your 4X4 wooden pumpkins with stripes and polka dots.

This is where the kids ditched me! To add a bit of whimsy to your 4X4 wood pumpkins, use a foam dobber the create random circles on one of the pumpkins. The other one, try adding some classic stripes.  Don’t worry about taping off for straight lines unless you’re a perfectionist. If you are, go with another design like a classic look of one color. It’s your pumpkins so do what you like.

*Afterthought… I should have created a buffalo plaid on one of them. That would have been so CUTE!

Drilling Holes For Stems

I drilled holes in the tops to attach the stem for my wooden pumpkins.

For this project, I drilled holes about 1-1/2 inches in the top of the 4X4 wood pumpkins with a paddle bit. The size of the bit is determined by the size of your stem. You’ll want it just a bit larger than the stem you chose to use. The stem does not have to fit perfectly. I have a solution for that too.

Attaching The Stems On 4X4 Wooden Pumpkins

I'm totally in LOVE with these stems on my DIY 4X4 wooden pumpkins.

Time to add the stems. This is fun… I took my tree nipper and attacked my overgrown Crepe Myrtles. The limbs were a perfect size (I used the branches with a slight curve) for this project and the bark was gorgeous. I cut mine in random lengths of approximately 4 inches and used wood glue inside the hole to secure them. Any tree branches will work. Use jute twine to conceal the hole to give it a more finished look and secured it with hot glue.

*You can use other items like old hardware, Hobby Lobby knobs, wine corks, etc. to bypass the need to drilling holes for the stems. Simply glue them on top. Get creative with the stems. After all, the stems are what makes these 4X4 wooden pumpkins.

Amazing Whimsical 4X4 Painted Wood Pumpkins

 

Rusty 4X4 Wood Pumpkin Patch

You say you don't love the traditional Fall decor? Then make it your own and create these amazing 4x4 wooden pumpkins for you patch.

Try this fun look! I used Dixie Belle Patina paint and green spray for a rusty pumpkin patch.

Well, I’m pretty stinking happy how they turned out. Who said that you can’t have a little fun and whimsy in your elegant Fall home decor. I see nothing wrong with having fun and these 4X4 wood pumpkins fit the bill perfectly. The Grands gave me a thumbs up! Those little boogers.

What about you? Got any ideas on how to make these even better? Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. I always LOVE hearing from you.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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6 Comments

  • It’s the perfect autumn craft to enjoy with children.

  • I agree with you, Catharine. It’s so important to keep those little minds focused. Blessings to you. xo

  • These are super cute and a good place to put ones creativoty!!

  • Thank you so much, Luan! They needed a creative outlet and so did I. 🙂

  • I thought these were so cute, I made them without kids (grands not visiting this year). And, I had materials, so it was a no brainer. I’d post a picture but haven’t figured that out.

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