Cute As A Pumpkin Thanksgiving Wood Table Riser

The smell of turkey and pumpkin pie is in the air as we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. My oven is full and the table set for the big feast tonight. I'm keeping the dining table centerpiece simple this year with a Thanksgiving wood table riser. It's easy to make and didn't cost a dime using salvaged scrap wood.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Table Riser

Pumpkins are the theme this year for my Thanksgiving table and so I added a lovely vintage pumpkin patch graphic onto the top of the wood table riser. You can find the tutorial here for making the cute mini pumpkin tealight holders in this post.

Other Uses For A Wood Table Riser

If you eliminate the feet, the wood riser would make a lovely vintage-style Farmhouse Fall Sign to hang above a dining sideboard or fireplace mantel. Create a Fall vignette around it with a grouping of fresh or faux pumpkins. After Thanksgiving, I may group my painted dollar store pumpkins with magnolia leaves on the wood trivet. 

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

Everything I used to make the pumpkin patch table riser was salvaged with things I had on hand. I get that not everyone has a fully stocked workshop with lots of scrap wood and bits and bobs so I've included affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this. At no cost to you, we receive a small commission if you make a purchase.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

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How To Make A Scrap Wood Table Riser

It all started with this salvaged 7" x 16 1/2" cedar board that I found on a shelf in the workshop. The routered edge makes it perfect to use for a large table riser. Salvaging an old cabinet drawer front would also work perfectly for this project. That's where places like Habitat ReStore or thrift stores come in handy.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

Because I planned on adding a vintage graphic to the top of the board, the rough grain needed to be sanded smooth. I used my mouse sander with an 80-grit sanding pad.

Staining The Wood Riser

Next, I stained the board with a water-based stain called Canadian Maple, which couldn't be a more suitable name for my table riser for Canadian Thanksgiving!

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

Adding Feet To The Table Riser

I found these little wooden doodads (don't know what they're called) in my stash and painted two coats of Autumn, a burnt orange chalk paint color.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

Once they were completely dry I attached them to the bottom of the table riser with this glue and set some heavy books on top until the glue set.

How To Transfer Graphics Onto Wood

While the stain was drying I went over to The Graphics Fairy website and found this vintage botanical pumpkin graphic. In PicMonkey, I sized the graphic to 850 x 1400 to fit legal size paper and reversed it to create a mirror image (pictured below).

I printed it onto legal size bond paper with my color laser printer. You can use an inkjet printer BUT you must wait for the ink to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

For this step, you will need either Mod Podge or image transfer medium. I wrote a detailed tutorial on how to do this in my Image Transfer Technique post.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

At the last minute, I decided to add the words Give Thanks on to the graphic. You can see how easy that is done in my Image Transfer Technique Using Graphite Paper tutorial.

Whitewashing The Wood Table Riser

Once the glue on the graphic was dry I gave just the top and not the routered edge a whitewash with chalk paint that I had on hand. I did this for two reasons. One, to give the table riser a lovely farmhouse charm, and two, so the top blended well with the white background of the graphic.

What I Would Do Different

You can see in the photo above how the graphic doesn't cover the entire top of the wood table riser. Normally I use a particular website to resize graphics but unfortunately, it had become a paid membership site. This made it challenging to enlarge the image to the exact size I needed. 

Knowing the graphic was shorter than the wood riser, I should have whitewashed the top first before transferring the graphic. Instead, I waited until the graphic was completely dry and whitewashed with the graphic in place. It wasn't a total fail because it actually gave the pumpkin patch graphic a nice time-worn aged appearance, which I quite like.

Tip For Whitewashing Wood

To do this thin white chalk paint with water to a milk-like consistency. Brush the paint on with an inexpensive chip brush and wipe it off with a rag. The white paint nestles into the grain of the wood and stains it white but the dark stain still shows from underneath (pictured below).

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

Protecting The Wood Riser

To protect the table riser I applied two coats of water-repellent Gator Hide that I had on hand. Any non-yellowing matte clear coat will be fine.

A simple wood table riser with farmhouse-style made with scrap wood and a vintage pumpkin graphic for Fall decor. Without feet it's a cute Fall sign!

During dinner, the wood trivet will be used for holding condiments and such. We always serve food buffet style on the kitchen island so the dining table isn't cluttered with bowls of food.

For more Fall inspiration visit my Fall Ideas page.

If you have any questions about this scrap wood table riser, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this Fall Table Riser Idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your Farmhouse Decor or DIY Fall Ideas board on Pinterest. 

Happy Thanksgiving


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  1. I love the look of the riser and the pumpkin tea lights are a perfect fall addition. Great tips as always, Marie!

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  2. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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    1. Hope you're having a nice weekend, Marilyn! See you at the party 🤗

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