Do It Yourself: Spooky Halloween Pumpkins




An house entry way that is decorated with DIY pumpkins, crates and Halloween decorations.

Ghostly greetings! 

October is the month where spooky goblins, friendly ghosts and scary trick or treaters come to play! This month we wanted to bring the Halloween spirit to your home by creating a reusable project that is sure to last for many Halloweens to come. This quick but frightful DIY project showcases our color of the month Graphic Charcoal N500-6. This hue pairs well with our 2020 Trend color Rumba Orange M230-7 making it the ideal spooky duo. 

Difficulty level: Beginner 

Time to complete: 1-2 hours  


An overhead image of the materials needed for the project.
  • Paint – Behr PPU Graphic Charcoal N500-6 and Behr PPU Rumba Orange M230-7
  • 4 Wood Crates
  • 1 Pine full round pole
  • 4×4 cut into 3 ft, 2 ft, 1 ft 
  • 4×5 cut into 3.5 ft, 2.5 ft, 1.5 ft. 

Most of our materials were purchased at The Home Depot. An associate was happy to cut the wood for us with the dimensions desired. We made sure to cut our wood blocks in different lengths to make different sized pumpkins.

  • Hot glue gun + glue
  • Ribbons
  • Sanding block
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint tray
  • Other Halloween decorations for display

Step 1: Prep

Sand the uneven edges of your wood to remove splinters and achieve a smooth surface for your paint.

A hand sanding blocks.
Sanding wood stems of the pumpkins.

Step 2: Assemble

Apply glue where you would like to place your pumpkin stem. Place and hold down until the stem is secured by the glue. 

Gluing wooden stems onto wooden blocks.

Step 3: Paint

Once your pumpkin is assembled, paint the block in Rumba Orange and the stem in Graphic Charcoal.

Painting the stem of your pumpkin in Graphic Charcoal.
Painting the body of the pumpkin in Rumba Orange.

Step 4: Final Touches

Decorate your pumpkin stems with pipe cleaners, ribbons, leaves and even flowers!

Ribbons to add to the pumpkin stems.
Ribbon being tied onto the pumpkin stem.

Step 5: Completing the look

Paint crates to create levels where your pumpkins can live.  (remember that these crates can be used year round and hey, we might even reuse them for future DIY projects) 

Painting wooden crates in Graphic Charcoal.
Finished close up shot of wooden crate painted in graphic charcoal with pumpkin decorations.

Display your spooky pumpkins and welcome the halloween spirit inside or outside your home.

Finished close up shot of wooden crate painted in graphic charcoal with pumpkin decorations.

Note: Please be cautious of open flames to ensure your safety.

Finished close up shot of Rumba Orange Pumpkin surrounded by lanterns and crates.

Have fun this Halloween and make sure to check out our 2020 trends website for more inspiration.

Colorfully yours, 

Daniela Donato 

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