Published On September 25, 2020
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These DIY wooden pumpkins are simple to make with 4X4 wood blocks. The metallic paint and Cricut vinyl words create upscale fall decor that’s budget friendly.

stacked metallic wood block pumpkins on wood board

I love the rustic simplicity of wood block pumpkins. Plus, I love how easy and inexpensive they are to make!!!

While this tutorial uses vinyl words made with Cricut, you could just as easily skip applying words and just make solid color pumpkins. Or, hand letter the words with a permanent marker or paint pen. You could also order Fall word stickers like these to apply.

These DIY wood pumpkin blocks are perfect inside or outside the home. I personally love them as a festive table centerpiece for Fall or Thanksgiving.

side view of metallic wood block pumpkins on table

You could also put them on the porch, in windows, or on a fireplace mantel.

They’re so easy to make that you can make a few batches for friends, or sell them online or at craft fairs.

top of metallic wood block pumpkin with applied leaf

If you’re going to start cutting a 4 X 4 wood post, might I suggest you cut another one in the same dimensions for this cute reversible wood block snowman craft? The instructions are just about the same, and you’ll have winter decorations after autumn.

How to Make Wood Block Pumpkins with Words

Metallica wood block pumpkin with applied vinyl letters

Materials

Instructions

  1. Paint the surface of each of the wood blocks in a different Matte Metallics color. Let the paint dry and paint an additional coat as needed for full coverage.
applying metallic paint to wood block pumpkins
  1. Apply a dab of glue to the flat end of the cork and press one cork to the center top of each painted wood block pumpkin. Let glue dry completely.
applying glue to cork stem to for wood block pumpkin
applying cork stem to top of wood block pumpkin
  1. Tie a few strands of raffia around the cork and then insert and glue a few faux leaves to the top.
wood block pumpkin with applied bow to cork stem
paper tied bow atop wood block pumpkin
  1. Open a blank canvas in Design Space.
  2. Upload the Autumn SVG file.
  1. Maintain the size at 2.75” or adjust if needed.
  2. Right click on the word to duplicate.
  1. With the machine set to Joy, select “Make It” in Design Space.
  2. Choose “On Mat” to cut vinyl using a standard grip mat.
  1. Set the material type to Vinyl – Shimmer.
  2. Follow prompts for loading the Glitter Vinyl into the Cricut Joy and cutting. When prompted, unload the mat from the cutting machine and peel off the vinyl.
  1. Cut around the phrase with a pair of scissors. 
  2. Peel away the excess vinyl and discard. Use a weeding tool to pick off any other excess vinyl.
separating extra vinyl from cricut letters
using cricut tool to remove excess vinyl from letters
  1. Cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger than the image and peel away the transfer tape backing. 
cutting out cricut vinyl letters for wood pumpkin blocks
  1. Place the transfer tape overtop of the word. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.  Peel away the vinyl backing, leaving just the image adhered to the transfer tape. 
preparing cricut vinyl letters for wood blocks
  1. Position the image with the transfer tape on to one side of the painted wooden block. Press the vinyl word down with your fingers to help it to stick to the block. Slowly and carefully remove the transfer tape leaving the vinyl image on the block.  
transferring cricut vinyl letters to wood blocks
  1. Arrange and stack however you’d like.
overhead image of final metallic wood block pumpkins on table

Want more crafts with all of the Fall feels? You’ll love our Cricut Tea Towel with Autumn sayings.

For more Cricut Halloween crafts, check out our Spider Web Hoop, Creepy Spider Vases, Dollar Store Trick or Treat Stacked Pumpkins and Rae Dunn-inspired pumpkins from the dollar store.

And if you like simple felt crafts, you’ll love our 3D felt pumpkins made by cutting felt and gluing together!

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