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Fence Post Pumpkins

Fall means pumpkins and there’s no better way to decorate for fall on a budget than by turning things you find around the home into everyone’s favorite squash. Toda we’ll be turning chunks of fence post into rustic autumn pumpkins.

three pieces of round fence post painted orange with sticks glued to the top to make fence post pumpkins

Really you can turn anything into a pumpkin. Today I’m using a few pieces of old round wooden fence post.

I love taking a good idea and beating it to death. That’s why I have 3 different tin can windsocks (a ghost, a witch and Frankenstein if you’re curious).

This is the fall version of my Firecracker Centerpiece. The basic supplies are the same, three pieces of wooden fence post and paint.  How hard can it be right?

I did go a bit further into my crafting hoard and pulled out my Dremel for this. I wanted to give the pumpkins carved faces on one side for Halloween.

You can skip that step and paint the faces if you don’t have a Dremel or don’t feel like getting sawdust everywhere.

I have a ton of decorations and having anything be two holidays in one is a big help! All you need to do to take these guys from Halloween to Thanksgiving is give them a quick spin.

Reversible Fence Post Pumpkin Supplies:

The real beauty of this project is it’s verasility. I happen to have a generous hoard of fence posts ready to be turned into Jack-o-lanterns but you could achieve the same look with left over 2×4, 4×4 or even a really big branch.


1. Starting with three pieces of round fence post use the sanding blocks (or sandpaper) to get rid of any splintery edges and smooth things down for the paint

2. Eyeball center and  drill a hole, about 1/2 in deep, in the top

3. Draw or trace a face on each chunk of wood

4. Using the Dremel carefully carve the faces about 1/4 of an inch deep. Protect your eyes! Wear safety glasses and a mask. As far as the carving, it doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re going for rustic here!

5. Paint the sides and top orange and using a smaller brush fill in the face with black paint

6. 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

7. 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!

wooden fance posts with carved faces turned into Halloween jack-o-lanterns

Don’t forget to PIN this to your Autumn and Halloween Boards!

Check out my Halloween Page for more ideas or start here:

pumpkin planter made from reycled can and filled with yellow mums
white wall with two hanging black canvases with orange pumpkins and names in black block letters, one says MARY and the other says KAT with creep black branches in the corner
orange jackolantern against a green background


Monday 25th of November 2013

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!


Saturday 12th of October 2013

These are amazing! I will have to wrangle my husband into cutting up some of our old fence posts. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kendra @ Creative Ambitions

Saturday 12th of October 2013

So cute... Perfect for some rustic fall decor!

Miranda @ Someday Crafts

Saturday 12th of October 2013

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 :)


Friday 13th of September 2013

These are SO stinkin' cute!! Featuring on Facebook today :)

xo, Tanya