Rustic FAUX Barn Wood Pumpkin Craft

What to do when you don't have a stash of reclaimed wood but you're itching to make pallet wood pumpkins? They are so popular on Pinterest right now and I've been pining to have some of that rustic goodness in my fall decor. Since I didn't have any salvaged wood planks I did the next best thing, faked it!

These faux rustic barn wood pumpkins look close to the real thing and the bonus - no tools required! They are so easy to make with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs. You can have an entire pumpkin patch made in less than an hour.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

Decoupage Faux Wooden Pumpkins

Plus, at just over $1 a pumpkin, it makes for inexpensive fall decor, and what's not to love about that. Recycling readymade pumpkin cut-outs rather than making DIY pumpkin shapes also saves a ton of time.

These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

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Hang them like a sign or set on a bookcase to create a rustic fall vignette. If you plan on using them outdoors, they'll need to be sealed with Mod Podge Outdoor.

These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

The seed for my plank wood pumpkins was planted during a visit to the dollar store when I stumbled upon these Thanksgiving pumpkin signs. While I thought they looked a little um cheap-looking, I figured the pumpkin shapes (alternatives) had just the crafting potential for my dream pumpkins.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.
Here's the nitty-gritty on how I made them.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

How To Make Faux Wood Pumpkins

Wanting my signs to have a rustic vibe like reclaimed wood, the bronze glitter just had to go.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

Next, I painted the pumpkin stems with burnt umber craft paint that I had in my stash.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

To add depth to the stems I created a shadow line with blackened bronze paint that I had on hand. This is completely optional.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

Next, I went through my scrapbook bin in search of faux barn wood paper (alternative) and hit the jackpot with these.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

I didn't bother cutting the paper to the shape of the pumpkins first but you certainly could if that's your preference.

Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge onto the pumpkin shape and set your scrapbook paper down. Gently rub the paper with the tips of your fingers or a scraper tool to remove any wrinkles.

Check for any areas along the edges that didn't bond well and use a small art brush to apply more Mod Podge in those areas.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

Once dry use a retractable craft knife to cut along the pumpkin shape.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

This next step is completely optional too.

To give the raw edge of the pumpkin cut-outs an aged appearance dab brown wax with a lint-free rag. No worries if you get some on the paper, in fact, I encourage you to get a little along the edges.

You can see the difference in the photo below between the green pumpkin that has been waxed along the edges and the brown pumpkin without dark wax. Use your finger and the lint-free rag to dab the wax in random motions along the edges until you like the look.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

Last but not least embellish the pumpkins with raffia ribbon wrapped around the stem and hang a small charm or whatever embellishment you like. I had a bag of skeleton key charms in my stash so that's what I used.

That's it, so easy, right? Wouldn't you agree the faux wood pumpkins look darn close to the real thing?
These rustic barn wood pumpkins look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper.

I had so much fun making these that I might just make a few more. It'll please Mr. Frugalista to see more pumpkins around our home. He says our house looks like it threw up pumpkins!

What can I say, I love making pumpkins. I've created vignettes with these ticking stripe pumpkins, sweater pumpkins, burlap pumpkins, and painted pumpkins. Heck, I even made a hello pumpkin sign, and a sheet metal pumpkin sign.

Plus I'm currently making pumpkin topiaries (coming soon) to flank our front door and I'm sure he'll be thrilled.
These rustic barn wood pumpkins by Interior Frugalista look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper. #decoupagecrafts #pumpkindecorations

If you have any questions about these decoupage fall pumpkins, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed these Faux Barn Wood Pumpkins, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Fall Decor or DIY Pumpkin Crafts board on Pinterest.

These rustic barn wood pumpkins by Interior Frugalista look like the real thing but they are faux wood. Made with recycled dollar store pumpkin signs and decoupage paper. #dollarstorecraft #pumpkincraft

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  1. Great makeover! Love the colors you chose!!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you very much, Jenna! Now I want to make a bunch more because they were so fun to make.

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  2. I thought for sure they were real wood planks!! Great directions - they are adorable!!

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    1. Yessss, I'm thrilled that you think so, Patti! Thank you so much and so glad you found the directions helpful too.

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  3. Cute, cute! Great idea, I have some similar scrapbook papers!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania, they were fun to make! I went back to the dollar store to get more pumpkin shapes because this gal wants a fake pumpkin patch. LOL

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  4. Paper?? Are you kidding me?? I never, ever would've guessed that. These are amazing. Off to pin you pretty pumpkins with their darling key accents. You are so creative!

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    1. Yessss, my hope was that you couldn't tell the difference so your sweet comment makes this ole gal happy, Kim! Thank you for the pin as well. xo

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  5. Saweeet! I love your take on them so much better. Happy Fall! :D

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    1. Happy Fall back to you, Larissa! Upcycling these dollar store signs was all about the pumpkin shape and not having to cut my own. Easy peasy!

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  6. Hello Marie, this is a great project. I love how the scrapbook paper you selected really transformed the pumpkins.

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    1. Thanks Jasmine, I thought the barnwood paper looked so realistic.

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  7. oh! it looks great! you had excellent idea! I thought it is made of old painted wood and when I read it my eyes were getting bigger and bigger :) I fall in love with it and probably I will make a small one for my photos - thank you for tutorial <3

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    1. So glad you thought they were made with real salvaged wood, that was my hope! Thank you for your kind comments and the visit.

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  8. Brilliant hack to upcycle those dollar tree signs!! I'd love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party
    https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-9-join-in-the-fun/
    Have a great week!
    Creatively, Beth

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    1. Thanks Beth, I'm glad you like them. See you at the party on Wednesday and wishes you a great week as well!

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  9. Hi Marie. This is so great. I love the colors and using modge podge and pretty cool paper. This is really a great makeover. Happy Sunday. xoxo Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris, they were so much fun to make that I went back to the dollar store and got more! LOL Happy Sunday back to you my friend!

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  10. You did it again!! I thought, Wow, she painted them to look like barnwood...great idea! THEN, I read further and it's scrapbook paper...an even BETTER idea!! Thank you so much for the directions cause I think I might have to make a $ Store run!!

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    1. Yessss, so glad this idea inspired to make some fake barn wood pumpkins for yourself too. Happy pumpkin patch making, Karolyn!

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  11. So much better than the dollar store version! Love them. 👍🌼👏

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    1. Hey Denise, nice to see you here! I bought those signs just for the shape. LOL Psssst, and I went back for more because I was having too much fun. 😉🎃

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  12. A spectacular "fool the eye" who would believe they were not reclaimed wood. Love them.

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  13. Love, love, love these pumpkins, Marie!! I too, thought they were made from real wood. I'll have to check my stash & see if I have "wood look" paper lying around!! Just love this idea!

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    1. I'm so glad you like this DIY pumpkin idea, Kathi and I'm thrilled that you thought they were real wood! I hope you find the perfect plank wood scrapbook paper in your stash to make some.

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  14. Brilliant Marie!!!! And the dark wax around the edges does make the pumpkins seem even more 3 dimensional/weighty somehow.

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    1. Thanks Michelle, glad you like them! Dark wax just gives everything that lovely time-worn goodness. I think I use it more than clear wax come to think of it. LOL

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  16. I thought you had painted them!

    Sheila

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    1. I wish I was that talented, Sheila! LOL Glad to hear you think they look like real wood.

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  17. These are so cute! I love what you've done with them. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I'm visiting today from the Embracing Home and Family link up. Have a great weekend Marie!

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    1. You're welcome, Marielle, so glad you like them and thank you for stopping by for a visit!

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  18. Super cool look Marie! Looks like the real deal from here!

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    1. Awesome, that was my hope, Donna, so I'm thrilled that you think so!

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  19. Marie,
    These are just too cute for words. They look just like wood. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/10/over-moon-linky-party_11.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thrilled to hear you think they look like the real thing,and even more thrilled to see they are being featured. Thank you so much, Bev! xo

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  20. Marie, your pumpkins are crazy cute and I never would have guessed they are covered in paper. Such a darling project and I'm excited to share it this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party.

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    1. Michelle, I'm so happy to read that you thought they were the real thing. That was my goal when planning this project. I'm thrilled to see they are being featured, thank you very much! xo

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  21. Stunning Pumpkins !! Where did you pick the scrapbooking paper from ?
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Naush

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    1. Glad you like them, Naush, thank you! I've had this scrapbook paper in my stash for years so I'm not sure where exactly I got them but likely Michaels.

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  22. This is such a great DIY project for fall Marie! I have a sign above my headboard that looks like real wood, but it's not the real thing. Love it! Thank you for sharing at CHarming Homes and Gardens.

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    1. I bet your faux wood sign looks amazing, Kim! I liked the look of the faux barn wood pumpkins so much that I've started a sign for our bathroom (getting gutted before Christmas *finger's crossed*).

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