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DIY Wood Burned Pumpkin Decor

Learn how to create DIY wood burned decor using stencils and an HT400 heat gun. This simple fall decorating project is perfect for the Halloween season!



Hi, my name is Ruthie and I blog over at Refashionably Late. I'm so excited to be working with Wagner again this month. I will be showcasing the amazing Wagner HT400 Heat Gun yet again! There are so many things you can do with a heat gun. Last month, I embossed some bookmarks and this month I gave wood burning a try!


pumpkin plain wood


wood burned pumpkin

Find Wood Pumpkin Cutout

I can’t believe that it is Fall already. It’s starting to cool down here in Minnesota so I thought a Fall project would be perfect! I was grabbing some items from Dollar Tree and came across these cute wood Halloween cut outs. I thought I’d add a design and burn that design into the piece of wood.

wood cut out

Trace Design

First, you want to trace a design or free hand a design onto your piece of wood with a pencil. I’m not an artist so I grabbed a stencil that I had used on a previous project.

trace design on pumpkin

Mix & Apply Ammonium Chloride

After you finish stenciling the project you will want to mix up your ammonium chloride mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of Ammonium Chloride to ½ of a cup of water. Stir it thoroughly until it is completely mixed. Trace your design with a small paint brush dabbed into the Ammonium Chloride mixture. Don’t saturate the brush as it bleeds easily.

ammonium chloride mixture

Use Heat Gun to Burn Design

I worked in sections and painted over 3 - 4 designs and then used my Wagner HT400 Heat Gun to burn those areas. I used the 2nd setting to burn the Ammonium Chloride. I found the first setting not to be strong enough.

heat gun wood burn

Enjoy the Decor

I loved how it turned out. It took quite a while to finish this piece but I love the outcome. If you are new to wood burning I’d recommend doing a less detailed design. :)

I had so much fun making the pumpkin that I wanted to also make a sign for my office. Head on over to my blog for the full tutorial.

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