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Holiday Wood Pumpkin

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can also be used as applique pattern

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Wood Pumpkin For Yard

Designer: Walter Hoke

This delightful wood pumpkin was created by my father, Walter Hoke. He was an exceptional artist, and loved to create beautiful holiday decorations. He was also a waltercolor artist, and created many paintings during his lifetime. I miss him, but his creations live on. He gave me designs and information over the years, so that I could share his items with the world, through this website. You may use this pattern for your personal use only. Any other purpose must be first approved in writing by us. Our pattern is copyright protected and cannot be copied, displayed or distributed. - Christina

This friendly pumpkin is ready for fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving. Use our pattern to cut your pumpkin any size you wish (the pattern grids can represent any size). Use exterior paints over plywood to create a sturdy yard display piece.

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Outdoor Use / Pattern Size

Enlarge the pattern by changing the grid. For example, if your grid squares represent 6", your finished pumpkin will be 2 feet x 2 feet. If your grid squares represent 12", your finished pumpkin will be 4 feet x 4 feet.

Use As Applique

Print the pattern (click pdf listed under supplies), then draw the outlines of the pumpkin. For directions on layering pieces using an applique sheet, go to: turkey applique tutorial


3/8" Plywood (sheet size depends on the size you plan to make your pumpkin - 1/4" plywood would be ok if you are making a smaller pumpkin, such as 2 feet x 2 feet or smaller) 

Exterior Paints: Undercoat paint, colors of your choice for pumpkin and hat. Shading adds dimension, but can be omitted.

Sand Paper: Medium to fine grit 

Tack cloth 

Paint Brush(es) of your choice

Wood Pumpkin Pattern : PDF file 

Our pattern will fit onto an 8/5" x 11" paper and will download as a pdf file. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to PDF Instructions.  


1. Prepare Pattern

Print the pattern. Decide what size you wish your finished pumpkin to be. The grid lines will represent dimensions. For example, each square could represent 6", or 1 foot. If you want the finished pumpkin to be 2 feet x 2 feet, then each square would represent 6".

2. Transfer Pumpkin Outline To Plywood

You can do this by placing graphite paper under your pattern pieces and using a stylus to press down on the lines of the pattern, transferring the pattern to the wood. Or, you can "free hand" draw the pattern onto the wood, using the pattern as a guide. 

3. Cut Out Pumpkin

Use a saber saw to cut your pumpkin from the sheet of plywood. CAUTION: You must be skilled with the saw before attempting to use it. If you are not skilled at the use of a saw, and knowledgeable about its safety, find a skilled craftsman to cut this for you. Always take all usual safety precautions when cutting wood (dust mask, eye safety goggles, etc.).

4. Prepare Pumpkin For Painting

Sand the front of the pumpkin until smooth. Use a tack cloth to remove dust.

Apply a coat of undercoating to both sides of the wood (exterior paint). Let dry.

5. Paint The Pumpkin

Paint the front of the piece with desired colors and details. If you need help with the design, tape or staple string lines to the turkey to create temporary grid lines. Use a pencil to lightly draw the pattern lines onto the pumpkin. A grid makes copying a pattern much easier, because you now know precisely where lines should be.

Paint the back of the piece with 2 coats of any exterior paint or varethane. 

Mount your pumpkin on a fence, post, or stake. He can also lean up against a tree or the house. 

Happy Fall!

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