How to Transform Wooden Pumpkins Into Awesome Halloween Decor

As fun as it is to celebrate Halloween, the holiday also comes with a messy aftermath. Crushed or melting candy and rotting pumpkins can leave you with a pretty hefty clean-up. One way to cut your cleaning time? Try wooden pumpkin designs instead. 

With just a few pieces of wood, these crafty bloggers revamped their scraps and blocks and turned them into amazing Halloween decor. From a direct replica of the real thing to creative twists on color and shape, these pumpkins are sure to show off your holiday spirit.

They’re adorable, fun and, best of all, you can reuse them year after year. Scooping out seeds and carving out pumpkins are no longer necessary with these options. Check out Real Simple’s compilation of the best wooden pumpkin designs to decorate any outdoor or indoor space in your home.


Tied with a Burlap Bow

Photo by Liz Elley

Liz Elley uses wood, paint, and a little bit of burlap to create this adorable door hanger. Greet your guest with a special message like “Happy Fall Y’all” or ask for a special customized design when ordering. The sweet saying and bow design give your home the best welcome to the season.


Reclaimed Wood

Photo by Beckie Farrant

Looking for a more rustic fall-inspired piece to add to your patio? Beckie Farrant of Infarrantly Creative shares the best way to create reclaimed wood pumpkins. Using salvaged wood from an old house, this design adds a perfect fall touch with a simple yet creative design. For a full list of instructions and what you need to construct these, visit Farrant’s website here.


Jack-O’-Lantern Boxes

Photo by Amanda Formaro

For a fun take on the classic pumpkin carving, these collection of painted boxes will provide color and personality to your porch. After you’ve gathered up square wood blocks in various sizes, a black permanent marker, and some paint, your family of pumpkins is almost complete! Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda shows you how to design your own on her site here.


Stacked Pumpkins

Photo by MillermomcreationCo

The Etsy shop owner of MillermomcreationCo stacked various pieces of pallet wood to form these great rustic pumpkins. She paints the wood pieces in both white and orange, assembles them, and sells the pumpkins as a set of two to give your home an added touch of autumn.


Polka-Dot Door Hanger

Photo by Erica Whited

With Halloween fast approaching, you know it’s time for a lot of black and orange decor. If you’re hoping to add more color and glitz to your decorations, Erica Whited from Just Plain A-Door-Able has the ideal solution. Her black and gold pumpkin door hanger provides a combination of sparkle and holiday spirit to your front door.