Carving a Pumpkin Sign

Fall Carving / Patterns & Projects

Carving a Pumpkin Sign


In Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2014 (Issue 68), Betty Padden demonstrated how to paint pumpkins with latex paints.

In order to paint the carving exactly as Betty did, we’ve provided a downloadable pdf with step-by-step photos of how to carve the pumpkins and the pumpkin pattern.


Pine, 2″ (51mm) thick: 8 3/4″ x 14″ (22.2cm x 35.6cm)
Primer (use exterior if the sign will be outside): white
Latex paint (use exterior if the sign will be outside): white, black, crimson red, lemon yellow (such as California Confidant Yellow #DEA117), dark blue (such as California Navy Teal #DE5832), warm medium grey (such as California Barrel Stave #DE6216)
Container (for water)
Tin foil or other palette
Paper towel or cloth

Assorted carving tools to carve the project
Assorted brushes: synthetic and bristle

CLICK HERE to download the Pumpkin Plaque Pattern.

CLICK HERE to download the step-by-step instructions.

CLICK HERE to download the painting instructions.


For more information read Betty Padden’s Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook. It gives a contemporary look at a nostalgic craft with updated techniques and a fresh variety of styles for carving and painting a variety of signs for the home, summer cottage, or basement bar. The book is available for $19.95 plus S&H from

Read more great articles from Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2014 (Issue 68) here.

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