DIY white beadboard pumpkin, short & stubby

I just love the look of clean, refreshing, white pumpkins! Don’t you? I love the clean white color mixed with the rustic brown on this white short & stubby beadboard pumpkin. It just adds the perfect farmhouse touch to a classic fall decor. I just had to have some for my home. Below, I will tell you how to make one for your own, just follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be on your way to enjoying the white pumpkins in your home too!

Check out these other white beadboard pumpkin tutorials too! Then you could have a little white pumpkin patch in your home.


  • Short & stubby wooden beadboard pumpkin
  • Palm sander, sanding block, or sand paper
  • White paint
  • Sand dune paint (a tan color)
  • Stain color: Briarsmoke
  • Old towel
  • Decorative knob
  • Drill & drill bit to match the screw of the knob
  • Strong wire cutters
  • Various decorative ribbons or twine

Step 1: prepping your short & stubby beadboard pumpkin for painting

Look over your pumpkin and sand any rough edges you may find. After you have smoothed any rough places, brush off all of the saw dust. Also, check to make sure the filler has been smoothed over the holes that have been filled in. You can do this by sanding gently over the top or wiping it with a damp paper towel. Sand or wipe over the top with light pressure. Be careful not to take too much of the filler off. I like to wipe my projects down with a damp paper towel just before I begin painting to ensure all the saw dust has been cleaned off.

Step 2: painting your short & stubby beadboard pumpkin

After you have wiped down your pumpkin and it is free of saw dust, you are going to begin painting it. Using a sponge brush and your sand dune paint, apply 2 thin coats of paint. If you follow my 15-minute quick dry painting technique, you’ll be done quickly and ready to move on to the next step. Let the tan paint dry before applying the white paint.

Now, following the same technique above, apply 2-3 thin coats of white paint. Make sure the tan is covered good. Let the white paint dry completely, before distressing your short and stubby pumpkin.

Step 3: distressing your short & stubby beadboard pumpkin

After your paint has dried completely, you are going to distress your beadboard pumpkin by sanding the surface and edges. Using a palm sander, sanding block, or sand paper gently sand the surface. The more you sand or the more the pressure you use, the more the paint will be removed. Pay close attention to the edges and corners, be sure you sand those spots as well! You should be able to see the tan paint showing through in different places along the front surface and along the edges, this is what you want.

When you have distressed your pumpkin to your liking, wipe off all the saw dust.

Step 4: staining your short & stubby beadboard pumpkin

After you have distressed your beadboard pumpkin and wiped all the saw dust off, you are going to stain it. Using an old towel and your Briarsmoke stain, dip a corner of the towel into your stain and rub it all over your beadboard pumpkin. Make sure you cover all the front, cracks, sides, and edges. Once you have it coated completely, use a different section of your towel or another towel to wipe it all off again. The more and harder you wipe, the more the stain will be removed. Set it aside to dry for at least 15 minutes.

Don’t be scared if your pumpkin comes out super dark. Mine did too! We are going to lighten it up.

When your stain has dried, and no longer comes off onto your fingers when you rub or touch it, you are going to lighten it. Using a palm sander, sanding block, or sand paper, sand your pumpkin again to remove some of the stain. Do this until you get the color or look you desire.

Step 5: embellishing your short & stubby beadboard pumpkin

Once you have the overall color and look for your pumpkin, it’s time to put the decorative knob (AKA “stem”) on your pumpkin. Using a drill and a drill bit that matches the width of the screw on your knob, drill a hole in the top of your pumpkin where you want your “stem” to be.

Next, twist the screw all the way into the decorative knob until it is secure. Now using the strong wire cutters, you are going to cut just the head of the screw off the screw you just secured into the decorative knob.

After you have removed the head of the screw, you can twist it into the top of your pumpkin.

When you have your “stem” in place, you are going to tie decorative ribbon around the pumpkin or around the “stem” whichever you choose. I finished mine off with some twine and lace ribbon tied around the stem and I just love how it turned out!

Now that you have your ribbon and decorative knob in place, you are finished. It is now time to sit back, and look at what a crafty job you did! Now find a great place to display it so that others can admire your creative work too! Enjoy!

Happy crafting!


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