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Fence Post Pumpkins


I’m on a mission to fill the world with festive fence posts. In many ways this is the fall version of my Firecracker Centerpiece. Three pieces of wooden fence post and paint. I wonder how many projects I could come up with using those? Probably something my husband never wants to think about!

Fence Post Pumpkins- Turn an old round fence post into a trio of adorable #pumpkins with 2 personalities.  Carved faces on one side are all set for #Halloween and the blank side will carry your from September 1st to #Thanksgiving.

*This project was originally a guest post over the The CSI Project but I thought it’s non-Halloween side deserved some love so I’m sharing it here again


I call these my Fence Post Pumpkins. They work for Halloween and with a quick spin, all through the fall season.

You will need:

3 pieces of wood, all different heights

3  dry sticks for stems (no one wants moldy pumpkins)

Orange and black paint

Dremel with carving bit, Sanding blocks, Paint brushes, Drill with bit large enough for your sticks, Hot glue gun

*You can skip the dremel and just paint the faces if you want

Starting with three pieces of round fence post, sand off any splintery edges and drill a hole, about 1/2 in deep in the top.

Draw or trace a face on each chunk of wood. Using the Dremel carefully carve the faces about 1/4 of an inch deep (safety glasses and masks everyone!).

It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re going for rustic here!

Paint the sides and top orange and using a smaller brush fill in the face with black paint (if you do what I did and put the face on upside down this is where you drill another set of holes)

Once everything is dry sand around the edges, over the face and anywhere else you’d like a bit of the original wood to show through. Glue the stems in the holes you made earlier, tie a piece of ribbon, rick rack or raffia to the top and you’ve got an everlasting pumpkin display! Ignore my nail polish. I haven’t painted my nails since the wedding, the orange is what’s left from the big day!

Since Turkey Day is RIGHT around the corner you can totally skip the faces all together. I’m in love with my silly little fence post pumpkins (anyone else know that song?) and if you decide to whip up a pumpkin patch of your own I’d love to see it!

I’m kicking it into Christmas already (ask me how happy my husband is.. no actually don’t, I try not to swear here!) so make sure to ‘like’ me on FaceBook so you don’t miss a minute of the Christmas Crazy about to go down!


  1. Oh my goodness, these are so cute. I love them with and without the faces. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  2. How adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are SO stinkin’ cute!! Featuring on Facebook today 🙂

    xo, Tanya
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  4. I love those little carved pumpkin faces! They’re adorable! We’ll be featuring your pumpkins over at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so stop by if you get a minute 🙂
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  5. Kendra @ Creative Ambitions says:

    So cute… Perfect for some rustic fall decor!

  6. These are amazing! I will have to wrangle my husband into cutting up some of our old fence posts. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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  7. Trying to be creative and was looking to do something like this, but winter themed. Wife is out of town for a week. This looks cheap and quick. Thought about white paint and some glitter/clear beads with burlap. Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated via email. Thanks!