“Scrappy” Pumpkin Fall Decor


Use scraps of wood and fabric to make this adorable “scrappy” DIY pumpkin decor!

You wanna know what I love? I love it when I can take old and forgotten things I have on hand and make them something functional or cute for my home! And don’t we all? That’s what DIY is all about: redeeming what is ugly, plain or forgotten.

Scrappy Pumpkin Fall Decor

That’s where the “scrappy” comes in! I took a piece of wood from my scrap pile and some scraps of fabric and made this adorable little pumpkin to go with the rest of my fall decor. I only used things I already had on hand for this project. Nothing like free!

And making this little pumpkin got me into the fall decorating spirit. I finally put away most of my summer decor and started playing around with the mantel.

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What you’ll need to make Scrappy Pumpkin:

1. Wood scraps – oh, you don’t have a garage full of them? You should! They come in handy quite often.
2. Fall-ish fabric … or whatever fabric you want to use.
3. A cutout shape
4. Paint
5. Mod Podge

How to Make a Scrappy DIY Pumpkin Decor

Here’s how I pulled this cute little project together … and in an hour, nonetheless! {Minus paint drying times.}

1. Find a Pumpkin Shape and Print it Out

I found a pumpkin shape online that I thought would work for this project. You can get it HERE. Really, you could do any kind of shape you want to! The only limit is your own creativity.

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2. Cut a Block of Wood to Fit the Pumpkin

I printed it out at 100% scale, and found a piece of wood that would fit my shape. I had to cut it down with my miter saw.

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3. Sand the Rough Edges of the Block

Then, I sanded down the rough corners.

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4. Paint the Block

I painted it with Sherwin Williams antique white, leftover from this project. I painted both the front and the back of the board since I knew this was going to stand up and might be seen from behind. If I were going to hang it on the wall, I wouldn’t have bothered with the back side.

5. Sand the Edges for a Rustic Look (Optional)

Once the paint was dry, I sanded the corners a bit to give it a slightly rustic look. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of the sanding, but you know what that looks like.

6. Cut Out Your Fabric using the Pumpkin Shape

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I cut out my fabric using my printed shape. I decided to make the stem of the pumpkin a different fabric, so I cut it out separately.

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I know the picture shows the shape on top of the fabric, but I turned both of them over and traced the shape on the back of the fabric with a pen.

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If I were high-tech and had a fabric blade, I would have used my Silhouette. So, if you have the Silhouette and a fabric blade, I’m sure you’d probably use that instead. Oh, and make sure you iron your fabric if it has wrinkles.

7. Glue the Pumpkin on the Wood Block

Then I just “glued” down the pumpkin and stem to the board with Mod Podge. And then I “painted” Mod Podge all over the front and the fabric to help seal it on the block of wood. It’s not going anywhere!

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And that’s how I made my free-to-me scrappy pumpkin fall decor.

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I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what this should be called. I was like, is this a plaque? A wood and fabric craft board? What to call it? I asked a few friends last night and came up with the title. But what would you call this thing?

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If you were around here a year ago, you may recognize this fabric. I used it to decorate my fall mantel last year. So, since I’m going to do something totally different this year, I was happy to find a way to use the fabric. I may even make some of these to sell at my upcoming yard sale. Might as well make some money on my old decor items, right?

I hope you have a wonderful day!!

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  1. I love the fabric and the concept! I’m thinking I could do it with patterned scrapbook paper on an old box top. Love this idea; thank you for sharing it. I’m visiting from The Lettered Cottage link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    1. I think the possibilities are endless, Christy. πŸ™‚ I’ve had several people mention scrapbook paper. And really you can mod podge it to most anything flat. Happy crafting!!

  2. Just wanted to let you know that you were featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

  3. Hi Laura! I love this project! It’s simple but very cute! Thank you for linking up to last week’s Get Crafty Friday link party. Your scrappy pumpkin has been featured this week. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. Super cute!!! I love the fabric you chose for the pumpkin!

    Found you over at Rae Gun Ramblings Block Link party!

  5. You are always making the cutest thing, now I have to start following along so I get everything, not just what you share with the Pinworthy Project Link Party! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a cute pumpkin – and I think I have some very similar fabric leftover from an IKEA duvet that I cut up so I might copy your great idea. Thanks.

  7. Such a cute pumpkin, love that you only used scraps. I have a pile of scraps including an old frame without glass and some orange patterned paper. You have inspired me!
    Visiting from Give me the Goods link party.
    Creative Ramblings

  8. This pretty little pumpkin is quite popular – I’ve seen it all over the place! It’s about time I popped on over to tell you how much I like it. Great idea!

  9. I love the simplicity and ease of making your project. I have all the supplies needed so will be having hubs cut the wood for me. Ah, as I typed that I realized I have a wood plaque already cut that will be perfect for this. Love it when I can start a project I love so much. I have some fabric already also (if I can find it) so I’ll be working on this tomorrow, can hardly wait. Think I’ll go look for that Fall fabric, save time tomorrow. Happy weekend. You sure inspired me.

  10. This is so simple and cute it’s BRILLIANT!!!! Love this idea… I have wood…I have fabric….I have Mod Podge…. I can do this!!! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. This is such a cute project! I love the fabric you used! We’d love to have you link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. We love what you have done. Please come share it with us at Craft Frenzy Friday! The party starts Thursday to 7pm cst. I won’t be a party without you!

  13. What a great idea! I love that you had all the stuff on hand and were able to fashion such great fall decor. Answering your question about what to call it, I would describe it as “wood art”.

    1. You know, I almost called it Wood & Fabric Fall Decor. And then I asked some of my friends, and they came up with the “Scrappy Pumpkin” part. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!!

  14. Love the pattern! This project is cute and looks so simple. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)!

  15. Seriously sooo adorable Laura! Love it! Sharing on facebook too:) Hope you are having a great week!

  16. SUCH a perfect decoration for fall…I love this! This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday … hope you’ll join us!

  17. Hi, I love this pumpkin you made! I saw it on wow me wed. link party.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  18. SO cute and super easy to make! I have scrap wood that I can totally use to make this. Thanks for the idea!


  19. Very cute–I love projects like this too. It happens when I can put a garage sale find from LAST year together with a find from this year. It totally justifies my hoarding πŸ™‚

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