Make a simple fall decoration with just a few natural materials. Branches and a small wood pallet create the ultimate farmhouse-style Halloween decoration. We're obsessed with this gorgeous look.

By BH&G Holiday Editors and Alice and Lois
Updated September 25, 2020
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Leave the gourds in the pumpkin patch—this DIY pumpkin decoration is a total twist on natural fall decor. This easy fall craft fits perfectly with farmhouse style and rustic Halloween decorations, and it's a great way to bring a touch of the season into your home. To create your own, head to your backyard! You'll need about 25 sticks to create your own pumpkin decoration. Don't worry if the sticks aren't perfectly straight—you'll cut them to fit your space.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 1 hr
  • Difficulty none

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How to do it

Part 1

drawing shape of pumpkin on wood with pencil
Step 1

Pick Your Pumpkin

This Halloween pallet craft is a fun twist on natural decor. Start with a wooden pallet ($10, Hobby Lobby)—ours was purchased at a crafts store and measures 16 inches tall. Paint the pallet a cream color and let dry completely. Determine where you will display your wood sign, and use that to determine the size of the pallet you'll need. When you're ready to start creating the pumpkin, use a pencil to draw a pumpkin in the center of the board. Since you'll be covering the area with wood sticks, don't worry about creating a perfect pumpkin shape.

cutting branches and twigs to form pumpkin shape
Step 2

Clip and Cut

To form the pumpkin shape, head to the backyard to gather some small sticks and branches. Using your drawn pumpkin outline as a rough guide, lay the sticks atop the pumpkin shape, then grab your clippers ($10, The Home Depot) and cut the twigs to fit the shape. If you're feeling tough, you can snap the twigs for a less precise shape. We tried to stagger the thickness of the twigs so they vary across the whole pumpkin, but doing a gradient of thick to thin could also add interesting depth to your piece. Remember to cut a thicker branch piece for the pumpkin stem!

applying hot glue to large stick to be pumpkin stem
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placing large stick as stem
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Step 3

Glue Branches

Once the twigs and branches are cut and aligned, begin hot-gluing the cut branches. Pay attention to which side of the twig can lay the flattest against the board and apply glue to that side. The more of the twig that touches the board, the easier it is to attach—and the twigs will be less likely to fall off. Choose a larger branch piece to attach to form the pumpkin stem.

tying twine around stem
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completed stick pumpkin piece leaning against wall with air plant in copper bowl
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Step 4

Put a Bow on It

When your pumpkin shape is complete and all the twigs are attached, it's time to add a sweet embellishment. Create a bow from plain twine, or use a buffalo check ribbon ($4, Hobby Lobby) to create a fun farmhouse Halloween decoration. Glue the bow at the base of the pumpkin stem. Once everything is set, it's time to display your creation. The wood makes it an easy-to-hang Halloween door decoration, or simply lean it on a small table or kitchen counter.


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