Recently a bunch of YouTube Woodworkers issued a challenge for the woodworking community to see what they could build from scrap wood. I decided it would be a good idea to take part and to make some DIY Halloween decorations in the form of scrap wood pumpkins. I also decided it would be a good idea to do this in a style that would lend itself to kids having a go and getting into woodworking.

Completed Pumpkin decorations

Completed Pumpkin decorations

This project is great for people with limited tools, all the tools that you will need to make this project:

  • Pencil/Pen
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Coping Saw
  • Regular panel saw
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Lacquer
  • Hand held drill

From here, all you need to do is follow the instructions in the following video and you will be able to make your own pumpkin decorations without too much trouble.

As an additional note not mentioned in the video, I was looking to pick the best colours I could for the pumpkins. I would recommend:

  • White primer/undercoat – the grey that I used was too dark and it took around five coats of orange to stop the grey from showing through.
  • Deep Black for the mouth and eyes
  • I wanted to get the orange as good as possible. In the end, I picked Bengal Tiger
  • I bought my paints as tester pots from B&Q, around £3/$5 each.
My three colour options

My three colour options

Hopefully the video has all the information you may need, but if you have any questions about the build/decorations, please let me know.

~Alistair

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