These three pumpkins were made entirely with materials I had on hand, which is always a plus! With my huge pile of wood pieces from previous building projects, I am pretty excited when I can use up some of the leftovers. I used my table saw to rip scrap 2×4 into what are essentially wood shims. You can do that, or use purchased wood shims or paint stirrers. Let’s go make some free pumpkins!
Plywood (i used 1/4 inch since that is what we had on hand, but you can use thicker)
2×4 scrap pieces and table saw or pre made wood shims or paint stirrers
Use a sharpie to draw pumpkin shapes on your plywood. I made three of varying heights and widths. You can print templates and transfer your design to the wood with transfer paper too. I just wanted rustic looking pumpkins so I went free hand.
To make the wood shims, I set the table saw guide to the thickness I wanted using a shim from another project.
Then I just cut my 2×4 scraps using that guide setting.
I placed each pumpkin on top of side by side wood shims and glued them into place with construction adhesive.
For added strength, I nailed each shim in two places with my cordless nailer and 5/8 inch brad nails.
I added weight to my pumpkins and let the glue dry overnight.
Once dry, I cut the excess wood shims off, using the plywood pumpkin as my jig saw guide.
To finish, I hot glued twigs to the back of the pumpkin for the stem!