Updated on October 10th, 2015
I received compensation for this post from The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.
Don’t you love decorating for the holidays? It makes it feel so much more festive, exciting and brings alive the spirit of the holiday. This is especially true for me living in Arizona where we don’t have season changes and it feels like summer all year round. To get ready to roll in fall and Halloween, I created this cute DIY Rustic Pumpkin Welcome sign, inspired from Home Depot’s upcoming DIH Workshop where they will be making a DIY Rustic Pumpkin Stand. You can use their idea or mine as a start to customize this basic idea and do your own creative wood pumpkin art to decorate this year!
DIY Rustic Pumpkin Welcome Sign
- (1) 72″ x 5.5″ Fence Picket wood, cut into four equal parts
- (1) 1″ x 2″ x 4′ long wood, cut into (2) 20″ pieces and (1) 8″ piece
- 1″ staples or finishing nails
- Tape measure
- Circular or miter saw (or ask Home Depot to cut your wood for you)
Head to your local Home Depot store and go straight to the lumber department. Pick up the wood you’ll need. If you’re not certain what fence picket looks like, it can be found by complete sections of fencing, or simply ask a Home Depot staff member to help.
If you have a circular or miter saw at home, you can make your wood cuts at home. Or, you can rely on the staff at Home Depot to assist with your cuts. I love having Home Depot help with my cuts because it’s much easier to bring the boards home.
Line up your four boards side by side leaving a small 1/4″ to 1/2″ space between each board. Line up the 20″ boards on the back of the four boards. Use the 8″ stem piece to measure out a good 1.5″ spacing from the edge of the outside boards to the 20″ centered brace boards on the back. Use finishing nails or staples to secure the bracing boards to the back of your fence pieces of wood.
Draw your basic pumpkin shape on the back of your board, and then cut away the excess board to create your pumpkin shape.
Paint your pumpkin and your stem (or repaint if you’re like me and applied a base coat of paint already). Spray paint is the fastest and easiest way to paint, but you can also use a paint brush or roller if you prefer.
Now attach your stem to the back of the wood with your finishing nails or staples.
Finally, you can add a cute welcome message to the front of your pumpkin to personalize, or add a candy box to the front following Home Depot’s DIH directions! Feel free to make this project unique to you by changing it up a bit.
And, of course, set it outside on display to welcome your guests!
Home Depot DIH Workshops
The Home Depot wants everyone to have the skills and confidence to create your own DIY projects. They have a monthly series of DIH (Do-it-Herself) workshops designed to give women the boost of confidence they need to make cute home decor items, fix or upgrade things around their home like installing a backsplash, or simply giving them the chance to try something new!
Each month features a different theme with a hands-on experience where Home Depot staff show you step-by-step how to make a project or easy home improvements. Attendees will go home with directions and can purchase a ready-assembled kit with all the items you need to make the project again at home.
Plan to visit The Home Depot on each third Thursday for a new Do-It-Herself Workshop! This month, stores will be making a DIY Rustic Pumpkin Stand with a cute front box for candy or use it as a planter. All workshops are free, but registration is encouraged to make sure you don’t lose your seat!
Head over to DIH Workshops and register for Septembers workshop!