Make a Wood Pumpkin Basket for Fall

This rustic pumpkin basket is perfect for fall decorating! Thanks to the huge selection of unfinished wood cut outs in craft stores you don’t need any woodworking skills for this project. Simply pair an unfinished wood pumpkin cut out with a wood box, add some texture and paint, and you’ll have this project done in no time!


Supplies Used to make the pumpkin basket:

  • Unfinished Wood Pumpkin Cut Out
  • Unfinished Wood Planter or Box
  • Crackle Medium (Deco Art brand)
  • Orange Paint
  • Renaissance Brown Glaze (Deco Art brand)
  • Wood Glue

Step one: Use a palette knife to cover the pumpkin and the box with the texture medium. Let it dry completely. The paste will crackle as it dries.


Step two: Paint over the dried crackle texture with orange paint. I just did one layer of paint. Don’t worry if the paint does not fill all the cracks in the texture paste…we will fix that in the next step!


Step three: When the orange paint is dry, brush the golden brown glaze over the painted surfaces with a soft brush. Use a soft cloth to wipe back the glaze. This will leave the glaze in the cracks of the texture paste and will help highlight them. It also helps add to the rustic finish of the basket.


Step four: Use the wood glue to adhere the pumpkin to the box. Let the glue dry completely.


There are lots of ways to use this rustic pumpkin decorative box! For fall decorating I am filling mine with some pretty potted mums. The rustic orange pumpkin is a pretty backdrop for the colorful flowers. For Halloween, you can fill the basket with lots of candies and treats for your guests. It’s a nice alternative to a candy dish. Have fun crafting and creating fall decor!