Make a reversible wood slice porch decoration with pumpkins on one side and a snowman on the other. This cute holiday craft can be used for both the fall and winter seasons!
Decorations that are reversible for more than one season are my favorite. It’s just so fun that you get a two-for-one. This wood slice porch decoration features pretty fall pumpkins on one side and a cheerful snowman on the other side, which means you can leave it on your porch from September until January!
Follow along with this step-by-step tutorial as I show you how to make your very own wood slice reversible porch decoration.
To begin, you will need the following materials:
- Wood Slices: One Small, One Medium, One Large and One Base
- Black, White, Orange and Dark Orange Craft Paint
- Paint Brush
- Felt Doll’s Hat (found in the doll clothing section next to the dollhouses)
- Plaid Ribbon
- Wooden Dowel
- Electric Drill
- 2 inch Screw
- Pumpkin Stem or Twig
- Wood Glue or Hot Glue
You can find the wood slices in the wood crafting aisle at Hobby Lobby. I laid mine out on the floor right there in the middle of Hobby Lobby to decide which sizes and shapes looked best together. Hey, sometimes you must suffer for your art. 😃 Be sure to buy the thicker birch wood slices for the body. The Basswood Country Rounds are too thin for the body and can only be used for the base. I recommend buying these in person to avoid being surprised by sizing or how they fit together.
Step 1: Begin by painting the centers of the small, medium and large wood slices with orange paint on one side. When that dries, flip the wood slices over and paint the back centers white.
Step 2: When the paint is completely dry, line up the wood slices to form a snowman shape and mark the centers where the wood slices touch with pencil marks. I used a square arm ruler to make sure my lines were straight.
Step 3: Using a drill bit that is the same size as your dowel, carefully drill holes into the sides of each of the wood slices and slip one dowel piece into each set of holes so they fit together. This is what will secure the wood slices together and allow them to be stacked sturdily on top of one another. Use one or two long screws to anchor the largest round to the base piece. Just drill up from the bottom.
Step 4: Use wood glue or hot glue to attach a twig or pumpkin stem to the top edge of your smallest wood slice (the one on top). This will act as a pumpkin stem on the pumpkin side of the craft and will be covered by the felt hat on the snowman side of the craft.
Step 5: Add the painted details! On the pumpkin side, I painted subtle veins in the pumpkins with the darker orange paint. Then I added a few faux fall leaves in just for a little extra cuteness.
On the snowman side of the wood slices, I painted a snowman face and buttons and tied on a buffalo plaid ribbon scarf.
Want to see this craft in action? Watch this short video to see it flip from side to side.
Wood Slice Pumpkins and Snowman VIDEO
I’m absolutely in love with this fun, rustic craft. I love the texture of the wood slices and most of all I love the fact that I get a cute porch decoration that I can leave up all through fall and winter!
If you love this project, check out my other fall craft ideas!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What sizes are the wood slices?
- The wood slices I used are about 7 inches, 9 inches and 11 inches across and the base piece is about 11 inches across, but it’s more of an oval shape. The slices are about 2 inches thick.
Where can I buy wood slices?
- Hobby Lobby has a great selection, but other craft stores carry them and you can even buy them on Amazon!
What did you use for the stem?
- I used a real stem from a pumpkin. You could also carve a stick to look like a stem or use a cute twig or cut the stem off of a fake decorative pumpkin.
Can I cut my own wood slices?
- You bet! If you’ve got a fallen tree in your yard, you could definitely use that wood and cut the slices yourself. But just FYI…sometimes freshly cut wood will split and crack as it dries. Older wood that’s really dried out won’t crack as much.
What size is the hat?
- Five inches