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Easy DIY Reversible Pumpkin and Ornament Decoration!

Make cute and easy reversible wooden decorations that can be left out for Fall and Christmas with this reversible pumpkin and ornament made out of scrap wood.

Have you started decorating for fall yet?  I don’t have a ton of fall decor, so I thought I’d start trying to use some of my scrap wood up and make some wooden decorations. 

Scrap wood is a perfect and cheap way to make your own decor!

What is even better than building free decor?  Making it reversible!! 

That’s right, I can use these DIY wooden decorations for the next 3 months since I can just flip the reversible pumpkin and ornament decoration around after Thanksgiving.

fall and Christmas reversible wooden decorations pin

I just left the front side as a painted pumpkin, but you could easily add a saying to it.  Go grab my “Happy Fall Y’all” free fall cut file and apply it in vinyl!  I already have that file on the wreath on my front door, so I just left the pumpkin plain.

painted wooden pumpkins

Ok, let’s get started!  If you prefer printable directions, you can find them at the bottom!

Materials Needed for Reversible Wooden Decorations

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Making Your Wooden Pumpkin and Ornament out of Wood Scraps

The first thing I did was take out a bunch of scrap wood and lined it up.  I put a large bowl side down on top of the wood and traced around it.

drawing circle for wooden pumpkin
circle to cut for wooden pumpkin sign

If you have a jigsaw, you could cut a pretty good circle.  I wanted to see what I could do with just my miter saw. 

I cut the wood to length on the longest part where the pencil was.  Then I cut the middle two boards at a 22.5 degree angles and the bottom boards at 45.

cut wooden pumpkin and ornament

Not nearly a perfect circle, but good enough!  I knew I would be putting it in a pot so I wanted the bottom flat.  You definitely could make a few more cuts on top and bottom to get it looking more rounded.

I found a wooden rod in my stash from an old laundry rack.  I measured its’ thickness and drilled a hole with the same size drill bit in the bottom piece of wood.  This will hold the wooden decoration in the dirt.

drilling hole in top of wooden pumpkin
attaching a wooden rod for stem of wooden pumpkin

Then apply wood glue between each piece of wood and use a bar clamp to hold them together for 24 hours.  Make sure to wipe off the extra glue right after you clamp them.

gluing together pieces of wood to make a pumpkin
wooden decorations

Once it was fully dry, I used my orbital sander and rounded the edges some and sanded both sides. 

I also drilled the hole a little bit deeper, as far as the drill bit would go in so the rod could be more sturdy.

cut out wooden pumpkin

Painting the Outdoor Wooden Pumpkin Decoration

For the pumpkin side, I painted it with orange chalk paint then added a few lines with a darker color.  I’m not a great painter so the lines are not that great!

painting a wood pumpkin orange with chalk paint
painting lines of pumpkin

Once it dried, I sanded it lightly to get a more distressed finish. 

For the top piece, I cut a 1×2 and again drilled a hole in the top of the pumpkin and bottom of the stem the same size as the rod.  You only need a short rod to hold them together.  Add a little glue for a permanent hold.

diy wood pumpkins
attaching stem to diy wooden pumpkin
diy wood pumpkins out of scrap wood

Making the Wooden Ornament Side

For the DIY wooden ornament side, I painted it all with white chalk paint.

painting wooden ornament with white chalk paint

I cut out the SVG file using my Cricut with adhesive vinyl and applied it to the wood with transfer tape.  If you’d like to know all that the Cricut can do, check out my Ultimate Guide of Cricut Ideas!

FREE Joy to the World SVG Cut File

As with all my files, these are for personal use only.  If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here.

Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my video on how to download and upload files to CDS at the bottom of that post.

Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD FREE JOY TO THE WORLD SVG

Joy to the World SVG file cut out
applying vinyl to wooden ornament

Then I painted the top part of the reversible wooden ornament with a silver paint topped with silver glitter paint.  Y’all know I love my glitter!

painting wood christmas ornaments

That’s it!  Stick the rod in the bottom and stick it wherever you want it.  Mine is on my front porch under our roof so it won’t get wet. 

If you plan on putting yours outside where it will get wet, you definitely need to seal it with polyurethane or something to protect it from the elements.

Joy to the World outdoor wood christmas ornaments
wood christmas ornaments with bow

I add a few embellishments I got from the Dollar Tree to the top of each side when it is facing forward.

painted wooden pumpkins for outdoor Fall decor

I ended up putting the wooden decoration in my taller planted pot next to my DIY No Soliciting Sign (click on the link for a full tutorial and free file!)

outdoor diy wood christmas ornaments

I love making DIY Christmas decor with my Cricut!  Check out all my best Cricut Christmas ideas here!

painted wooden pumpkins
painted outdoor diy wooden pumpkins

The painted wooden pumpkin goes perfectly with my interchangeable seasonal wreath now! 

painted wooden pumpkins

Cheap and Easy Reversible Wooden Decorations!

Make a reversible wooden pumpkin and ornament out of scrap wood! Super easy and cheap DIY decor!

Materials

  • Scrap Wood - 1x4s and/or 1x3s
  • Wood Glue
  • Chalk Paint
  • Wooden Rod
  • Adhesive Vinyl

Instructions

  1. Take out a bunch of scrap wood and lined it up. Put a large bowl side down and traced around it.
  2. Cut the wood to length on the longest part where the pencil was. Then I cut the middle two boards at a 22.5 degree angles and the bottom boards at 45.
  3. Drill a hole with the same size drill bit as your wooden rod into the bottom piece of wood.
  4. Then apply wood glue between each piece of wood and use a bar clamp to hold them together for 24 hours. Make sure to wipe off the extra glue right after you clamp them.
  5. Once it was fully dry, I used my orbital sander and rounded the edges some and sanded both sides. I also drilled the hole a little bit deeper, as far as the drill bit would go in so the rod could be more sturdy.
  6. For the pumpkin side, I painted it with orange chalk paint then added a few lines with a darker color.
  7. Once it dries, sand it lightly to get a more distressed finish. For the top piece, I cut a 1×2 and again drilled a hole in the top of the pumpkin and bottom of stem the same size as the rod.
  8. For the wooden ornament side, I painted it all with a white chalk paint.
  9. Cut out the SVG file using a Cricut with adhesive vinyl and apply it to the wood with transfer tape.
  10. Then I painted the top part with a silver paint topped with silver glitter paint.
  11. That’s it! Stick the rod in the bottom and stick it wherever you want it. 

Notes

Mine is on my front porch under our roof so it won’t get wet. If you plan on putting yours outside where it will get wet, you definitely need to seal it with a polyurethane or something to protect it from the elements.

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I love how easy it is to turn around and I don’t have to worry about storing it for a while!

If you love Christmas crafting and free stuff, make sure to check out my roundup of over 30 cute free Christmas SVG files to craft with!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions and have a creative day!

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Diane Osment Graham

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

Thank you for sharing. This is a really cute idea.

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