Rustic Pumpkins

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

Turn your front porch into the envy of the neighborhood with this trio of quick-and-simple rustic pumpkins.

  • Rustic Pumpkins
  • Rustic Pumpkins


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Sheets: 1"x12"x18", 1/2"x12"x12"
  • Modern Options Paints: Metallic Surfacer, Iron; Antiquing Solution, Rust
  • Brown acrylic paint (optional)


  • Paintbrush, 1"
  • Utility knife or serrated kitchen knife
  • Teaspoon

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, soap, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Rustic Pumpkins

  • Sizes
  • 1. Sizes shown are: 9-1/2", 14-1/4", 17-1/2" tall
  • Pumpkins
  • 1. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer design. Use knife to cut materials from plastic-foam as indicated. (Note: Rub blade with bar soap to help blade glide through foam easily.) Make 1/4"-deep, "V"-shaped cuts along section lines. Use edge of spoon to smooth cut edges and tip of spoon to press central vein line on each leaf.
  • 2. Adhere leaves to pumpkins.
  • 3. Follow manufacturer's instructions to paint pumpkins and leaves two coats Iron. Paint backs Iron or Brown. Follow manufacturer's instructions and use disposable brush to paint pumpkins and leaves Rust.