DIY Pumpkin Specimen Art

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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?

I’m linking up to Made By You MondayTip Me Tuesday, Tips & TutesToday’s Creative Blog, Fall Frenzy PartyI’m Lovin’ ItWeekend Wrap Up Party and Fall Nesting Party!



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  1. 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.


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

    1. 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! 🙂

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

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