Looking for an easy fall craft? Make this DIY wood twig pumpkin in minutes. All you need to do is to shop your yard and add wood and glue.

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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…..one 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.

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. 🙂

twine pumpkins

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 with this DIY wood twig pumpkin.

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

Begin your diy wood twig pumpkin project with something to use as a back. 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 backdrop 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 to make a wood stick pumpkin

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 twigs

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

Then I hot glued them onto the backdrop.

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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. 🙂

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  1. Image for Mary Mary

    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.

  2. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    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....

  3. Image for Lauren Lauren

    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. ;)

  4. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    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.

  5. Image for Fran Fran

    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

  6. Image for Kimberly H. Kimberly H.

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

  7. Image for Jamie | anderson + grant Jamie | anderson + grant

    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!

  8. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    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.

  9. Image for Lanita Lanita

    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..... Blessings, Lanita

  10. Image for Terri Terri

    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!

    1. Image for Terri Terri

      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!

  11. Image for Kelly Kelly

    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

  12. Image for Judy N. Judy N.

    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)?

  13. Image for Judy Judy

    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

  14. Image for Dale D. Dale D.

    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!

  15. Image for Susan Susan

    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!

  16. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    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,

  17. Image for Emily Emily

    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.

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