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Halloween is a great time to learn some new tricks! Here are a few ideas on how to turn your workshop waste into Halloween decorations. Not only are these simple and inexpensive they are also great to do with your little monsters (monsters, zombies and children must always be supervised by an adult when operating tools and machinery).


Branch off into a new direction with our Pumpkin Discs… There’s two sides to our Pumpkin Blocks... It’s a monster mash with our Wood Block Ghouls... Build up your knowledge with our Stacking Pumpkins... Lift some spirits with our Ghost Figures

Know which project you want to start?

Branch Pumpkins Pumpkin Blocks Wood Block Ghouls
Stacking Pumpkin Ghosts

We’ve prepared a selection of templates for you to use with a scroll saw or as a painting outline. We’ve used some of them for our projects, but there’s plenty more to choose from!

See our terrifying templates

Painting the cubes
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Project 1 – Branch Pumpkins

This project can be made to any scale, we’ve used a small tree branch to demonstrate its simplicity. This makes it an ideal introduction to woodworking.

What you’ll need

Tools & equipment

Materials

  • Any circular offcut of wood – we have used a tree branch
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Project 2 – Pumpkin Blocks

These blocks were made from a discarded edge of timber, so we used a bandsaw as opposed to a handsaw. But if your material is already square then a handsaw will do. Although it’s a simple concept it can easily take more complex designs, such as a 3D puzzle with a different design painted on each side or can be carved to shape.

What you’ll need

Tools & equipment

Materials

  • Offcut of wood – we have used a discarded timber plank
  • Decorative items – we have used shavings from a hand plane
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Project 3 – Wood Block Ghouls

These planks should be readily available in your workshop and the prep can be as simple as just cutting the wood to size. As we’ve used an old pallet we put ours through a planer, making the surface more accepting of paint.

What you’ll need

Tools & equipment

Materials

  • Offcut of wood – we have used an old pallet
  • Decorative items – we have used shavings from a Veritas dowel cutter
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Project 4 – Stacking Pumpkin

This is another easy but effective idea that can take more elaborate painted designs. You could even hollow it out to create a candle holder.

What you’ll need

Tools & equipment

Materials

  • Plank of wood – we have used a split timber
  • Decorative items – we have used a twig
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Project 5 – Ghosts

These ghosts can be stuck into your front garden to spook trick or treaters. We have used a pyrography pen to draw the face but you could also carve or paint it on. Download our free stencils for more design ideas.

What you’ll need

Tools & equipment

Materials

  • Offcuts of wood – we have used ply
  • Decorative items – we have used shavings from a dowel cutter
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Terrifying Templates

Download and print your free stencils here! Click the button below to download the whole pack, or alternatively click the links below each image to select your favourite.

Download Halloween template pack

The downloads are all sized to A4 – to change the scale just alter the settings on your printer.

These project ideas were found online, credits as follow:

Project 1 – Branch Pumpkin [http://findcraftideas.com/wood-pumpkin-crafts.html]

Project 2 – Pumpkin Blocks [https://festival-collection.com/wooden-halloween-decorations]

Project 3 – Wood Block Ghouls [http://kindofpets.com/wood-halloween-crafts.html]

Project 4 – Stacking Pumpkin [http://www.diyswank.com/rustic-wood-pumpkins]

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