DIY Pumpkin Specimen Art

I’m so stinkin’ excited to show you my pumpkin specimen art!  I’ve been wanting to create specimen art for months, so I’m over-the-moon excited to finally have gotten it done in time for Fall!

Isn’t it cute!

And yes, I used scrabble tiles {again}, but I couldn’t help myself. :)

Pumpkin Specimen Art Tutorial


  • Photo frame {my frame is for an 11×14 picture}
  • Scrapbook paper {or sheet music, newspaper etc}
  • Foam board  {Hobby Lobby runs 20×30 sheets on sale for $2.00}
  • Scissors, pen, glue gun, glue sticks, ruler
  • Pumpkin stencil, silhouette machine or make your own pattern with this clipart.
  • Furniture felt pads
  • Scrabble tiles {or just do extra pumpkins}

After giving my $2 yard sale picture frame a good coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint, I used the mat that came with it to outline the size of foam board to cut.

I opened up the scissors to cut the foam board. Don’t try to cut foam board with scissors normally. Trust me. It isn’t pretty. If you have a box cutter on hand, use that, but be careful. Either way – be careful. :)

Next, I cut a piece of burlap and hot glued it to the foam board around the edges.

The spray painted frame looks beautimous now! I taped off the gold edge because I thought it would really pop with the bronze and burlap. I really like the extra detail too.

I determined how many pumpkins I wanted to use and what size they needed to be.  Then I resized this pumpkin clip art in my silhouette machine to be 2″ wide.  I cut out four “test” pumpkins out of copy paper so I wouldn’t waste scrapbook paper.

I then cut out 16 pumpkins out of various papers that I scored at Hobby Lobby on sale. Woot!!

Looking pretty!

I lined the pumpkins out to see what papers looked best together and to break up the polka dots. Ha!

Did you notice how the pumpkins stood out away from the burlap?  Well these handy dandy felt pads did the trick. I stuck one on the back of each pumpkin and then I hot glued the pumpkins to the burlap. I used my ruler to line up the pumpkins.

Once the pumpkins were all glued down, I dug out my yard sale Scrabble set and found the letters for “pumpkins” and glued those down as well.

I love, love, love my pumpkin specimen art!  It’s hanging in my living room above my apple green desk.

Have you gotten into a Fall decorating mood yet?

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  1. This is so cute! You could do this year round with different images. Love the scrabble tiles with it too! Awesome idea…thanks for sharing!
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  2. This is adorable. A perfect fall project.
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  3. Truly beautiful Myra!

  4. That is dang cute. Pin, stumble, FB :)
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  5. yes, VERY cute!!
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  6. I love this. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. I love this! I am so gonna copy this one :)

  8. This is so cute. I want to make one! Now.
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  9. Beautiful, Myra! I recently bought a picture frame at a garage sale for $1…I now know what I can do with it :)

    You could definitely change the images as the seasons go by.


  10. That’s so cute I love it, one for papermood me think ! ;)
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  11. This is adorable!!!
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  12. Heather Han says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for! thank you thank you thank you for the inspiration!!

  13. Myra, that turned out even more BEAUTIFUL than I thought they would!! You are so very talented! =)
    Love ya!

  14. lisa sinacori says:

    This is soooo cute! Keep the ideas coming…..

  15. This is so cute Myra! I’ve seen so many specimen art projects out there and I think this is my favorite! :)
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  16. VERY cute. I’m with you- I’ve been wanting to do one of these specimen pieces… really need to get to that.

  17. Love those scrabble tiles! Such a cute idea.

  18. I love this! Just wish I had read it before I did all my craft supply runs this morning! You’ve got such a gift, Myra!

  19. Love, Love, Love it!!!

  20. OMG! I love your pumpkins. SUPER cute! I totally have a Martha Stewart paper punch in the shape of a maple leaf that would be an adorable variation on this. Thanks for providing some much-needed inspiration!
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  21. Wow that is to to cute. I’ve already “scraplifted” it. Only I live in a Sr apartment building. Some of us have greetings on our door. I have a framed blackboard about 8 1/2 x 11. I have welcome on a banner across the top, write something in the center and add “something seasonal” at the bottom. This Fall I’m doing some pumpkins .. and I’ve added a scarecrow .. cause he’s so cute. Thanks for the thought starter. MsJoyceG

  22. This is lovely! I like it!
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  23. How creative! I love your idea! Nice work :)

  24. So inspiring! How fun to switch up for the season with different ‘specimens’!!! Great job!!

  25. this is SO cute. LOVE it!!!
    oh i want me a silhouette machine.
    hope you have a great week.
    cheryl xox.
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  26. Myra I love this project! I’m not typically a fan of lots of pumpkins for fall decorating (too halloween-y) but I love how playful this is, and the colors are so fresh for fall!
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    • Thank you Breanna! I totally get what you’re saying about pumpkins. We don’t do Halloween, but I usually decorate with a few pumpkins just for fun. Thank you for your sweet words! :)

  27. So cute! I love all of the different patterns!
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  28. Those pumpkins are so cute! Thanks for sharing : ) I’m hosting a Halloween link party now through the end of November. Stop by anytime!

    Corie @ Design DNA
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  29. what an adorable idea! i love the simple.sweet look of it.

  30. This is a great project! I found this over on Pinterest and followed it back to your blog. I did my own version today totally inspired by yours and just wanted to share it with you!!

  31. What a genius way to do this, using the felt pads! That turned out great!

  32. This is SO fabulous! I LOVE it & may actually have to give it a try!!!

  33. I featured this cute project on my Inspiration Friday post…

    Happy Friday!

  34. This is so adorable! I especially love the scrabble tiles! I think your idea would be perfect for my brand new linky party!

    Creative Genius @!
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  35. i LOVE this! So cute! Great Job :)
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  36. This is soooooo darn cute! If only I was somewhat crafty! Oh and if I had just an hour a day to myself….hahahaha just gave myself a great laugh:) I love seeing all your great ideas!

  37. Just wanted to let you know that I featured you on my Friday Favorites!
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  38. Cute! I love the Scrabble tiles!

  39. Adorable Myra!! I love it.

    I featured it on my TT&J facebook page. Have a wonderful Saturday!


  40. I love everything about this!!

  41. So crafty and cute. LOVE that you used the burlap backing.
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  42. Oh I love this and already see hearts for Valentine’s Day!
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  43. I love this! Plus it’s a great use of my Silhouette machine and can be changed depending on the season or theme. A great idea!! :) I also love the texture the burlap adds to it.

  44. What a wonderful piece of art! Thank you for sharing! I pinned this to my Inspired to Create board over at Pinterest. :)

  45. This looks like something my older kiddos can do with me, thanks!
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  46. I love this! I was wondering how you got your silhouette to cut out the pumpkin? When I import it to my library I can only get the cut line to be in a box around the pumpkin, not the pumpkin shape. Thanks!!

  47. I love the burlap and this is a great way to use the beautiful scraping paper in my stash. I’ll bet you got the felt pads on a great sale. In a pinch, scraps of heavy felt or thick cork would work.

  48. You inspired me!!! I made one too! But I didn’t have a pumpkin punch, just a heart one… No it’s not for Valentine’s haha! You can see it on my blog :)

  49. What a smart idea to use the little felt rounds to give your pumpkins that 3D effect! It takes the art to another level!
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  50. What a cute and easy project! Thanks for the inspiration.
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