DIY PAINTED WOOD PUMPKINS

small, medium, and large free-standing wood pumpkins. Smallest pumpkin is painted orange with white polka dots and raffia bow tied around the wood stem. Medium pumpkin is white with painted orange polka dots and raffia tied around the wood stem. Large pumpkin is painted orange with white stripes and a raffia bow tied around the wood stem. All 3 pumpkins are distressed around the edges and have antiquing wax. There are wood candy corn in the background.
DIY CRAFT KIT how to paint your standing wood pumpkin cut outs. This craft is perfect for you to DIY for your rustic fall decor.

DIY PAINTED WOOD PUMPKINS

How to paint your DIY painted wood pumpkins for fall

With a little bit of paint you can DIY your own painted wood pumpkins. These fall pumpkin cutouts are so easy and simple to transform. Even if you have little crafting abilities you can make these gorgeous rustic farmhouse décor pieces for your home.

If you haven’t ordered your DIY PUMPKIN CUTOUT CRAFT KIT be sure to grab yours so you can get started on your fall décor.

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CHOOSE YOUR CRAFT KIT

BASIC KIT:
3 wood cutouts

PREMIUM KIT:
3 wood cutouts
orange acrylic paint
white acrylic paint
2 foam brushes
1 round foam brush
raffia
sandpaper

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If you want to skip the written tutorial and get right to the video tutorial shoot to the bottom of this page and you’ll find my YouTube thumbnail for the DIY wood pumpkin cutout craft tutorial.

Here’s what you need to make DIY PAINTED WOOD PUMPKINS

1.PAINT THE WOOD PUMPKIN BASES

First you want to paint your wood pumpkin bases. I chose to paint the tallest and shortest pumpkins orange and the medium sized pumpkin white. Paint a THIN layer on all sides of each pumpkin. Once the fronts are dry you can paint a second THIN layer to get more coverage.

woman painting unfinished wood pumpkin orange

2. ADD POLKA DOTS

Next, after your base coat is completely dry, using your round sponge brush make polka dots on your pumpkins. If using the same round brush to make the different colored dots do NOT rinse. You don’t want all that water in your foam round brush. Just dab it off onto a paper towel until all the paint is gone then you can use it in the second color.

TIP: to avoid a messy blog don’t push your round brush all the way down onto your wood pumpkin. Instead, lightly dab, even using a slight twisting motion works MUCH better to achieve a non-blobby polk a dot ;)!

woman adding white polka dots to orange pumpkin

3. PAINT STRIPES

Now for the striped pumpkin. I used wide painter’s tape to achieve this look. Tape off the bottom, lining it up with the bottom of the pumpkin { you can get out a ruler if you want this to be exact but honestly just eye balling it works great too}. Then I placed a piece close to the top, but not all the way at the top. I wanted a little of the stem to be white. Then I place another piece in between those two pieces.

Paint the areas that are not taped off. Paint two THIN layers, allowing them to dry in between coats.

TIP: to avoid paint bleed brush with the tape not into the tape.

woman adding tape to make stripes on wood pumpkin cutout
woman painting white stripes on an orange wood pumpkin cutout

Let all three pumpkins dry. Now’s a perfect time for a glass of wine!

4. DISTRESS WITH SANDPAPER 

After they are dry you can start distressing them. A good rule to remember when distressing is that you want to distress where things would naturally be worn. Around edges, corners, and lightly on the fronts. Use your sand paper and distress along the edges and lightly pass it along the front {I also lightly distress the back to keep the look cohesive}. Wipe the sawdust off with a lint free cloth.

woman distressing striped white and orange wood pumpkin with 120 grit sandpaper

5. APPLY ANTIQUING WAX

Applying the antiquing wax really gives these little guys life! Take your chip brush and lightly dip just the tip of it into the wax, then brush off most of it onto a paper towel. You do this so you do not end up with way too much wax on your project. It is far easier to apply more than it is to remove it from your project. You want to apply the wax the same way you sanded your pumpkins. Focus on the edges and lightly brush on the front/back.

TIP: trimming down your chip brush will give you better control over the bristles and will prevent them from making your wax so wispy when you apply it to your pumpkins.

woman adding antique wax to a wood pumpkin for distressing

6. ADD RAFFIA

Tie a couple stands of raffia around the stems and you’re done! Trim the ends if needed. Since raffia tends to come in long strands you’ll want to cut the strands in half, and even in thirds in some cases. Then tie in a bow around the wood stem.

woman ting raffia to a wood pumpkin cutout

And you’re done! If you loved this tutorial please let me know in the comments. If you’re on social media don’t forget to follow me there FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, YOUTUBE

Pin the image below for later 😉

How to paint wood pumpkins for your rustic decor. Distressing and applying wax to make them even more adorable. Add some stripes and polk-a-dots too to give them a modern twist.

Watch the full video tutorial below

DIY PAINTED WOOD PUMPKINS

How to paint unfinished wood pumpkins for fall
Total Time1 hr
Cost: $

Instructions

  • PAINT THE WOOD PUMPKIN BASES
  • ADD POLKA DOTS
  • PAINT STRIPES
  • DISTRESS WITH SANDPAPER
  • APPLY ANTIQUING WAX

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