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DIY Upcycled Pumpkin Blocks

By: One Thousand Oaks
October 28, 2020

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DIY Upcycled Pumpkin Blocks
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These pumpkin blocks are so cute and easy to make! I made mine double-sided so that they could work for Halloween and Fall. Add them to your bookcase, coffee table, or any place that needs a set of cute pumpkins to bring the Fall spirit!

I tend to keep the scraps of wood left over from projects just in case I can use them again. My pile was getting pretty big so I needed to use them before my husband claimed my scrap wood pile for firewood. This pumpkin block project was a perfect way to upcycle some of those scrap 2x4 pieces into cute fall decorations!

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Warm Sunset
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • Scrap 2x4 blocks in different lengths
  • 2" chip brush
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Small flat paint brush
  • Fine point paint brush
  • Shredded corn husks
  • Wine corks
  • Hot glue gun & glue


I found 3 scrap 2x4 pieces that would work perfectly for my block pumpkins. Two of the pieces were 4 inches tall and the other one was 7 inches tall.

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I started off by painting the blocks using DecoArt® Americana Acrylics® in the shade Warm Sunset. This new shade from DecoArt® is a warm orange shade perfect for pumpkins! I love it so much more then the typical blaze orange that most pumpkins are. This is a bit more toned down and fits in well with Fall and Halloween decorations.

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If you want a more rounded block pumpkin use a sander to sand down and soften the edges of the blocks. I liked my blocks just the way that they were and did not sand them down.

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I used a 2 inch chip brush to paint the 2x4 blocks. I tried using that brush on the tops of the blocks but I couldn't get into the small creases of the cut wood. I used my 1/2 inch angled flat brush to paint the tops and it worked perfectly by filling the small holes and creases in the wood.

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The Jack-O-Lantern faces are totally optional, so if you want regular pumpkin blocks, skip this step.

Making the pumpkins double-sided is the perfect way to transition from Fall to Halloween decor!

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To make my pumpkin blocks double-sided I drew some Jack-O-Lantern faces with a pen on the back side of the pumpkin blocks. Once I had the faces looking how I wanted them I filled them in using DecoArt® Americana Acrylics® in Lamp Black with a fine tip paint brush.

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Once the paint was dry I hot glued some wine corks to the top of each pumpkin block. The wine corks made the perfect stem for the pumpkins! I like how one of the corks even had some leaves and vines on it as decoration!

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After that I added some shredded corn husk pieces to fill out the tops of the pumpkin. Some of the corn husk pieces I cut down to size and some of them I just pulled apart with my hands. I made sure that the corn husks were going in every direction and kept adding more until I had filled up the top of each pumpkin to my liking.

Just like that my pumpkin blocks were done!

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Since they were double-sided I had to try them out two different ways. First I added my DIY pumpkin blocks to my fall tiered tray.

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Then I tried out my Jack-O-Lantern blocks in my dining room hutch all decorated for Halloween.

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I love how both sides of the blocks look with my other seasonal decor! I hope you enjoyed this fall craft tutorial, be sure to check out my blog for more crafts and decorating inspiration.

Be sure to visit One Thousand Oaks  for more projects and to learn more about Jaclyn.


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