DIY Wood Stick Pumpkin

DIY Wood Stick Pumpkin

wood stick pumpkin fall project

Yesterday, as I drove through the winding country roads with the windows down and Adam Levine singing to me with the clear blue sky overhead and looked at the brilliantly hued trees that dotted the countryside wearing their reds and oranges and magentas… thought kept occurring to me over and over again.

If fall was a man and I wasn’t already happily married to a pair of twinkling brown eyes….

….I would totally date him.

twine pumpkins

Who could resist?

Can’t you picture him?

He’d be tall and dark and handsome with brown curly hair that always looked a little messed up.

And he’d be strong.

And wear a buffalo checked shirt and stand on hay bales and make sure the cows didn’t escape.


Fall would be a super fun date.

But don’t try to take him home for the holidays. 🙂

pumpkin wood stick thistlewood

I’m celebrating fall and buffalo checked shirts and changing leaves with this easy, simple, take-you-20-minutes-and-some-sticks-from-the-yard project.

All you need is a backdrop, a pencil and some twigs.

I think twigs sounds a little fancier than sticks.

wood stick pumpkin project

Step 1:  Start with a backdrop

I found this at the local junk store.

I think it’s supposed to be a tray?

You could use a plain piece of wood inside a picture frame or a barn door or a sign that you painted over.

Start with the back drop and paint it whatever color you want.

Mine came kind of chippy white so that ‘s what I went with.

twigs and sticks

Step 2:  Collect twigs from the yard

I literally walked out the door and to the edge of the wood and found these really pretty-almost-look-like-birch-bark twigs.

You will need about 30 of them.

Pumpkin line drawing

Step 3:  Draw the outline of a pumpkin

Use a pencil.

Trace the outline of a pumpkin.

It’s just kind of a smashed-in circle.

sticks and twigs

Step 4:  Break your twigs

I just started snapping them to the approximate length.

Then I’d hold them up against the pumpkin to make sure they fit.

Continue until you have enough sticks to fill up your pumpkin.

pumpkin wood stick project how to

Step 5:  Start gluing your sticks

I started at the edge of the pumpkin and started laying the twigs in place.

Then I hot glued them onto the backdrop.

wood stick pumpkin diy thistlewood

Step 6:  Continue adding sticks and attach stem

I continued layering in the sticks until I had my completed pumpkin.

Then I attached the stem which was a larger stick cut at an angle.

That’s it.

Can you see why I love fall so much?

What other time of year would you turn twigs into a pumpkin? 🙂


PS  If you need a little sunrise in your day, be sure and tune in tomorrow.

I have the prettiest pictures from the fishing trip. 🙂

Pumpkin Palooza

And today I”m so happy to be part of this amazing group of bloggers and week of pumpkin fun!

Be sure and check out the following links for tons of pumpkin ideas and inspiration.


Cherished Bliss | Live Laugh Rowe | Paint Me Pink


Blesser House | House By Hoff | Craftberry Bush


Setting For Four | Little Glass Jar | Anderson + Grant


Meadow Lake Road| At The Picket Fence | Thistlewood Farms


Tidbits | Dandelion Patina | Rustic and Woven

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  1. Love this pumpkin stick artwork! It looks so rustic and perfect for fall! xo

  2. #cutestliltwigpumpkineva!! : )

  3. You are so creative! Mr Fall and a pumpkin twig DIY. love, love, love.

  4. This twig pumpkin is adorable,
    Great job!
    Blessings, Nellie

  5. I think ‘Fall’ should have his own Hallmark movie don’t you?! 😉 LOVE the fabulous project my friend!!

  6. This is my favorite time of year also!! Your imagination – twigs from the yard – never ceases to amaze me!!
    Pretty darn cute little pumpkin! Can’t wait to see what you come up with tomorrow 🙂
    Enjoy your day KariAnne.

  7. What a brilliant idea! I love this, this is easy enough to do with children, and classic enough to fit into everyone’s decor, inside or outside. Mrs. Fall, you are brilliant!

  8. This is one of the most beautiful pumpkin projects I’ve ever seen, KariAnne!
    Don’t you just love when Adam Levine sings to you? I had to turn on the “Sugar” video when you mentioned him 🙂 .
    Have a lovely fall day!

  9. What a great simple rustic idea. We are finally getting some cooler less humid days and I am too am falling in love with fall. Thanks for the great project idea…maybe the little one and I should do a pumpkin from seashells….

  10. This is so adorable, Karianne! I want to try this one. Maybe even do a Christmas version in the shape of a Christmas tree or something. And I totally agree; if fall were a guy, he could rock the lumberjack look. 😉

  11. Are you kidding me with this? How on earth does your mind think of these amazing things? Too cute, I can’t take it!!

  12. I love your twiggy pumpkin. Very clever, as usual!

  13. How cute!! You are simply a decorating genius. I love fall and it is my favorite time of year. The brisk air, the beautiful colors and of course the romantic harvest moon. Brings back memories of bonfires and hayrides and my own twinkling brown eyes!! Hope your fishing trip has been as good as ours!! Big hugs, my friend. Can’t wait to see your sunrise.

  14. Becky garrison :

    Did you make the little twine pumpkins? How? So cute!

  15. Your twiggy pumpkin is adorable! You know who the dream guy sounds like? Pioneer Woman’s hubby. 😉

  16. I think the fall lumberjack should be the latest and greatest Halloween costume, hey? Your twig pumpkin art is adorable. I can’t wait to get started on mine. Thank you for the inspiration, as always!

  17. KariAnne, you make me cry…with joy! I love your spirit, your silliness and your down-to-earthness. I know if I need a pick-me-up, I will read one of your articles in your blog. Then, all is well. xx

  18. Fall is my most favorite season…please don’t tell the others. I love that pumpkin….So original! 😉

  19. I love following Thistlewood Farms. Your writing is so beautiful! Thank you for all the fabulous inspiration and —- I lovvvvvvvvve the twig pumpkin!

  20. So where can I pick up one of these fall guys because he sounds fabulous and I AM single 🙂 Your pumpkin is equally as fabulous….you have such a creative mind and incredible writing abilities. And I love that you made drawing a pumpkin sound so simple for us all by saying it is just a smashed in circle!

  21. Oh my!! What a clever way to make a pumpkin.. genius! It has such a rustic look and it’s perfect for fall! XOXO

  22. Aww, super cute! Love the twig pumpkin 🙂 I would date Fall too if I could…would he leave when winter showed up? I’d be sad because I don’t want to date winter…fall is much better looking, lol. Speaking of Adam Levine, (do you watch The Voice)? I can’t believe he shaved his head…what was he thinking??? #growitbackfastplease.

  23. Love it! I have a beadboard I intended for a sign, but it would work great for this.
    Oh, I’d totally date Fall too. 😉

  24. What a great pumpkin piece:) I will go collect sticks now:))))

  25. Love, Love your twig pumpkin!! I can’t wait to head out and gather some twigs and make one….I just have to decide on the background!! Thanks for sharing…..

  26. This is such a fun project, Karianne…I love that you can just break the twigs to the right size!

  27. I promptly grabbed my iced coffee and headed out to the back 40 to gather sticks. Who thought sticks could be so beautiful. Some with reindeer moss, some with dark green flat moss (?), a few with Florida oak acorns and one with a pretty air plant. My little pumpkin is going to tell a story of my close-up visit with the trees on the property this morning! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. You and your blog are fabulous!

    • Karianne, I had to make another stop by to look at the beautiful images and to tell you something. I do believe you may have restored my faith in Autumn. Though I considered Fall my favorite season for most of my life, time finally took its toll. You see, my husband and I of 35+ years lost all four of parents in the months of September and October. I realize, of course, that it’s coincidence. So, I decided to embrace and look for more joy as the earth prepares for its winter slumber. Thank you!

  28. And I thought Adam Levine was only singing to me!!!! 😉

    I like this craft idea – it would be fun to do with kids too!

  29. What a clever, fun, creative, and adorable project!

  30. I love you, Karianne! “If fall was a man and I wasn’t already happily married to a pair of twinkling brown eyes….
    ….I would totally date him.” We’d have to fight for him — are you cool with that? HA!

    Awesome sauce project — sticks and pumpkins? Yes, please! A perfect reflection of the season. xo

  31. This is right up my alley, Karianne. Gonna make it tomorrow.

  32. Such a clever and creative lady.

  33. Your never-ending ideas (decorative and craft) continue to amaze me. I did order the jute pumpkins from Kirkland’s and I love them. ?Your source for the white ceramic pumpkin (or did I miss it)?

  34. Karianne!! This is too cute for words! I LOVE it. Genius and perfect for fall. That lumberjack guy you talk about seems pretty okay too… 🙂

  35. Aww, I love this twig pumpkin!


  36. I love reading your posts. I mean, you just made me want to date a season…so there’s that…lol. Love this project, anyone can do it and it turned out absolutely beautiful! Great job girl!

  37. Oh…this is SO AWESOME!!! I’m totally sharing, pinning, FBing, etc… Now that we’ve moved back to the Northwest, I can actually find twigs like this! YAY!!! Thanks for sharing such a fun creative project with all of us! Blessings ~ Judy

  38. Sweet project Karianne. I could totally imagine your autumn guy, wink! Love this season, tracking through the leaves, the crunch of acorns as I step, squirrels busy harvesting, geese flying overhead and prettiest sunsets. I was just looking at all the twigs today as my pug took me on a walk and guess I am bringing a sack tomorrow and try this project. Happy fall!

  39. Oh, I lurve your twig pumpkin…does it ever look sharp…I love that it suits a neutral decor perfectly and it sounds sooooooo easy…but then, you make everything seem easy…for a crafting-challenged person like me, a craft like this would probably put me through my paces, but I’m going to try it nevertheless because I’m a rebel like that…hehe!

    Fall is the perfect man! Summer is very attractive and smells nice but he also tends to be a little temperamental and hot-headed. Winter is nostalgic and you gotta love a guy who can rock white after Labour Day, but he can get a little too blustery here-and-there and he’s not quite as warm-hearted as I’d like. Spring is like a breath of fresh air…he could thaw the coolest of hearts…but he’s also a little too weepy for my taste. Yep, fall is my man, too…if I find him, I’m gonna marry him!

    Can’t wait to see your sunrise tomorrow, KariAnne…the little taste you gave us at the end of your post is gorgeous!

  40. I love your pumkin sticks idea, thank you

  41. Such a cute DIY!!! I love natural, rustic décor and this fits right in!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  42. Hi Karianne, this is such a cute project. Really simple too. Of course, I love that.

    I’m definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for nice even-size twigs. You can do a lot with twigs-lol.

    By the way, your photos and styling on this are equally lovely.

    Enjoy your weekend,

  43. Oh this is just darling!!! The series had great projects too.

    I agree about what Fall would look like, but I thinke’d have that perfect 5’o-clock shadow that is carefree looking without being unkempt!

    However, spring is my most favorite season, then comes fall. I can’t see spring as a man, rather an impish toddler with abundant energy and potential.

  44. I just love this idea! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  45. WOW!! I love the rustic, natural style of your pumpkin, friend!! So CLEVER!! Pinned! 🙂 Happy Fall KariAnne!

  46. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Great idea for fall décor & so easy to do! Love it. Pinned &shared. See you again soon.

  47. I adore your rustic pumpkin decor – so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your crafty inspiration on this week’s Monday Funday Party.

  48. Wow the internet is a wash with pumpkin posts at the moment. This is the best one I’ve seen it looks great. Love it !