Home Depot DIHWorkshop Pumpkin Treat Holder

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 17:16
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How to build a rustic pumpkin treat holder out of fence pickets.  DIY tutorial by ANA-WHITE.com

I had such a fun time making these spooky and sweet pumpkins! I hope many of you were able to make it to your local store too!  For those of you who couldn't make it, I've got you covered with plans to follow!




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Cut List


4 – cedar fence pickets cut into 18” long pieces (length can be flexible to accommodate all four cuts on a single cedar fence picket)

2 – 1x2 @ 20” long

1 – 1x2 @ 8” long (length can be flexible to use up scrap wood)



1 – cedar fence picket @17” long

2 – cedar fence pickets @ 5-1/2” long

1 – cedar fence picket @ 16” long

Cutting Instructions

Cut all of your boards according to the cut list. For the pieces on the pumpkin, there is flexibility to cut slightly shorter to accommodate all of the pieces per given materials list. For the box pieces, it is important to cut straight and accurate to the cut list. The easiest saw to cut these pieces with is a miter saw, but a circular saw can be used as well.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Lay the four fence pickets on the worksurface, so overall width is about 23”.  Place 20” long 1x2s on top, with about 1-1/2” gap on either end.  TIP: Use the stem (stem is 1-1/2” in width) as a guide.
Use wood glue and two 1” staples per overlap of 1x2 and each cedar fence picket to secure 1x2s to the fence pickets.


Step 2

Flip the project over.  Add additional two staples per overlap of fence picket and 1x2 to secure fence pickets from front to 1x2 supports.  Do not staple within 1” of the edges, as there is no 1x2 backing here.  TIP: Use the step piece as a guide.

Step 3

Starting 3” out at the bottom edges, draw a pumpkin shape on the front of the cedar boards. Avoid drawing so that the 1x2 supports will be crossed.

Keep the shape organic and unqiue.  Pumpkins generally are “bottom heavy” so consider a smaller rounding on the bottom and larger rounding on top.

Step 4

Position project so area to be cut out overhangs work surface to allow jigsaw blade to cut freely.  Secure the project to the worksurface with two clamps.  Test to make sure project is secure.

Cut out following pumpkin shape with jigsaw.

Remove clamps and reposition and reclamp to cut full pumpkin shape out.

Step 5

Step 6

Use glue and 1” staples to attach front of box to the sides of the box. 

Step 7

Apply glue along three edges of bottom of box. Place bottom of box inside front and sides.  Staple in place along side and front edges with 1” staples.

Step 8

Place box open side up on worksurface.  Apply glue along top edges.  Place pumpkin on top, aligning bottom edge, and the start of the pumpkin shaped cut with the outside corners of the box.  Use 1” staples to secure bottom of pumpkin to bottom of box.

Use a straight edge to guide you when stapling the pumpkin to the sides of the box.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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