DIY Pumpkin Plate Serving Tray

In the mood for a seasonal craft? This DIY pumpkin plate is the perfect fall project!

DIY Pumpkin Plate Serving Tray--a fun fall seasonal craft

I love fall. 


It’s my birthday season.  It’s the time of the year that all the bugs go to die and the snakes go away and the smell of tobacco barns fills the air.


And the heat index isn’t a billion and one.  Oh, and let’s not forget it’s also pumpkin spice latte season 😉


This fall, I’ve been SWAMPED with to dos and I haven’t had much time to put any fun fall projects together.  BUT, I was determined to make at least one fall thing, so I squeezed in this adorable pumpkin plate project one afternoon after work. 

DIY Pumpkin Plate perfect for fall seasonal decor

PS, this design is SUPER similar to the design I used to make this round serving tray here

I’m sharing the video with you right here and I’ve got the step by step below 😊

For this project, I went to the lumber yard and asked for the most orange wood they had.  I was making a pumpkin plate, so obviously, the more orange the better.  I ended up getting some red oak.

Cut down red oak boards for pumpkin plate

Step 1: Glue Up Two DIY Pumpkin Plate Panels

You can use whatever size boards you want for this project, but mine were approximately 6 ½” wide.  I trimmed down four pieces at the miter saw about 20” long, then brought them over to the workbench to glue up two sets of two.

Glue up boards to make pumpkin plate

Step 2: Cut Two Pumpkin Plate Boards

While the glue was drying, I just googled pumpkin clip art and found a shape I liked, then blew it up to about 12” x 18” in a Word document, printed it out in sections on multiple sheets, taped it together and cut it out.  This was my pumpkin template.


Once the glue dried, I removed the boards from the clamps and traced along this pumpkin template onto one of my panels.

Trace out DIY pumpkin plate onto board panel

Then, I simply cut this out using a jig saw.

Once the first pumpkin was cut out, I traced it onto the second panel and cut it out as well with a jig saw.

Step 3: Cut Out Middle of Plate

Now that I had two almost identical pumpkin shapes, I traced along the inside of one about ¾” from the outside edge.  I know there are better ways of doing this, but I was in a hurry.  I just used a scrap piece of 1x material and kept my pencil held tight to the side of it and ran it along the edge of the pumpkin to give my an offset of about ¾” all the way around.  I wasn’t cutting out the stem, so I just freehanded the line below it.

Outline offset on DIY pumpkin plate

I drilled a large hole in the middle section to get my jig saw started, and cut out this middle piece along the line I just drew.

Then, I gave both the top and bottom a good sanding to remove any glue from the glue up.  Next, I glued this outline piece onto the bottom plate piece and clamped.  It wasn’t perfect, but any means, but I’ll fix that later.

Glue up top of DIY pumpkin plate

Step 4: Clean Up Edges of Pumpkin Plate

Once the glue was dry, I put a flush trim router bit into my router and adjusted it to cut about 1” deep.  Also…this face…it cracks me up haha.

I flipped my pumpkin plate upside down, clamped it to my workbench, and routed along the edges to trim everything flush. 

Then I flipped it over and did it again.


This get’s everything pretty close to perfectly lined up, but to get the curves nice and smooth and to get into the little nooks and crannies, I used a Dremel.  If I was patient, sandpaper and a little elbow grease would work, but I’m not patient.  So a Dremel worked better haha.

Clean up edges of DIY pumpkin plate

Step 5: Finish Plate

I gave the edges a final sanding, then finished it off with some beeswax to bring out that nice orange tone. 

And, just like that, it’s finished.  It turned out super cute and would be perfect for serving up pumpkin muffins and lattes and all the basic fall things haha. 

Super cute DIY pumpkin plate serving tray platter

But seriously, this was such a quick and fun project for fall and really for any season if you just switch up the templates.

Adorable seasonal serving tray DIY pumpkin plate

So I hope I’ve helped you get into the seasonal spirit!  Here are a few other fall projects from years past that you may be interested in, too!

Super easy DIY fall leaf sign from wood scraps

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Until next time friends, happy building!

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