DIY Hand Painted Fall Pumpkin Crate

       This hand painted pumpkin crate is an easy build and 
the perfect centerpiece crate for Fall. 

Pumpkin sign with pumpkins around it

This project began with a simple DIY build using one board to build a crate. 

Next I painted it in a great neutral fall color. I painted this color over a muted blue so when I sand the top layer a little of the blue will show through. 

white painted crate

When the paint was dry I hand painted a group of pumpkins onto the front of the crate. I used some of the blue color in my pumpkins that I want to show through when I distress the crate. 

Hand painted pumpkins on a crate

If you are not a painter, and I use that term loosely, you can use a pumpkin stencil. Just give it a try, it's easier than you think!

I drilled 2 holes in each side and added jute rope for handles. 

I distressed the edges and the pumpkins with a light sanding to reveal a little of the blue undercoat. 

Hand painted pumpkins on a crate with a rope handle

The last step was to add a pumpkin stencil to right over the painted pumpkins and boy did I hold my breath!

The investment in Old Sign Stencils never gets old, you can use them over and over for years. This time I used only part of this fun stencil!

Stenciled Pumpkin words on a hand painted pumpkin Crate

Luckily it came out awesome! 

Stenciled Fall Pumpkin Crate on the table with pumpkins

The trick to stenciling is to not use much paint. I almost always use a foam pouncer for stenciling with very little paint on the pouncer. If I need more paint I can always go back over the stencil with another light coat. 

crate pinterest pin

Hand Painted and Stenciled Fall Pumpkin Crate with pumpkins

Hand Painted and Stenciled Fall Pumpkin Crate on outdoor table

So pretty filled with pumpkins on the Thanksgiving table!

funky junk stencils logo

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .