Primitive Pumpkin Cutting Board

These primitive pumpkin cutting boards are the perfect way to get into the spirit of fall and all things magical! They're simple, rustic, and perfect for decorating.

Two Primitive Pumpkins painted on to cutting boards

Best of all, they're easy to make, so grab your supplies and let's get started on this easy DIY project...and, I'm giving the set away to one lucky reader. Details for how to enter are near the bottom of this post....and, I’m also joining 4 of my favorite bloggers from the Thrifty Style Team who are also participating in a giveaway.  Be sure to enter theirs by visiting the links at the bottom of the post.  First up, is my DIY.

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Supplies used to make primitive pumpkin cutting boards
  • I used mini cutting boards that were on clearance at Aldi's for this project (they were only $2.29 for 4!) but you could use any old cutting boards you have or find at the thrift store or yard sales
  • Craft paint - black and orange
  • paint brushes
  • sandpaper
  • *optional - raffia and moss


small cutting board with the stem sandpapered down to wood and the bottom portion painted black

Use sandpaper to remove most of the paint from the top of the cutting board and to roughen up the front and sides. Then, paint the lower portion (not the 'stem') with black craft paint.

small cutting board with a black paint base coat and an orange top coat with black showing through

Once the black paint has dried top with orange paint. The black will show through but that's a good helps to create the primitive look we want.

small cutting board with a coat of black paint topped by a coat of orange paint and free hand drawing pumpkin eyes to look like a primitive jack-o-lantern

Once the orange paint has dried use a small paint brush to hand paint the eyes and mouth of the jack-o-lantern.

Primitive hand painted jack-o-lantern face on a cutting board

You can use the above photo as a guide if you would like. You can leave the 'stem' as is or paint with a brown paint or a burnt orange paint.

raffia wrapped around a cutting board stem with a hand painted jack-o-lantern face for a primitive pumpkin look

Glue some moss on the top of the jack-o-lantern and add some rafia if desired! That's it.

The color in these photos looks off and I have no idea why...maybe because of the any case, these are much cuter in person...honestly.

Primitive Pumpkin Cutting Boards

How to Enter My Giveaway

*This giveaway is for US residents only and you must be 18 years of age or older to participate.  Giveaway runs from September 9th through September 16th.  Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by e-mail.  I will mail this to the lucky winner next week!

Giveaway includes:

The Two Primitive Pumpkin Cutting Boards Pictured in This Post

The best of luck!

  1. Leave 1 comment below telling me where you'll display your cutting boards.
  2. Subscribe to The How to Home HERE.
  3. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs for their individual Fall Home Décor giveaways (this is optional).

Now for the shares from the rest of the Thrifty Style Team!

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Our Crafty Mom - Dough Bowl Décor

The How to Home - You are here!

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2 Peas in a Pod - Fall Pillow Giveaway

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  1. ColleenB.~Tx. says:

    Adorable bread board pumpkins that would look great hanging on my kitchen wall along with my other items I have hanging around.
    Thank U 4 this great giveaway opportunity
    Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You enjoy your weekend as well, Colleen!

  2. Anne Marie says:

    These are so cute - I would display them in my kitchen for all to see!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Anne Marie!

  3. Hello, the pumpkin cutting board is so cute. I would use it on my bench in the kitchen for an added fall touch. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sandra Smith says:

    Hello, and thanks for offering the mini board pumpkins to your readers! I am a cutting board addict. Seriously---I love them! For these pumpkin cuties, I would display them by hanging them on my primitive Nabisco shelf unit. They would make a fall statement there for sure!

    Have a great rest of the fall season and thanks again for your crafty offer! Sandra A. Smith

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm a cutting board addict, too! I love your idea for decorating with them.


    Darling, darling, darling

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Rosellen!

  6. Helen Ward says:

    These are unique. I think that I will look for these at Aldis. If I had them I would display them in the kitchen or dining room.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Helen! I hope you find the cutting boards at your local store.

  7. Juli Denning says:

    Julie sent me. So glad she did and now I'm a new subscriber. This pumpkin cutting board is so cute!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Juli, and I'm so happy to have you here!

    2. Thank you, Juli! Good luck!!! (lots of Julie's 😊!)

  8. Carol A Johnston says:

    Hi, I was directed here by Julie, but I'm so glad she sent me here. I love your pumpkin cutting boards. They are so neat and I'm appreciating your giving the instructions on how to do these cuties. Thank you for your generosity in the Fall Giveaway. You are so sweet.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so very much for stopping by, Carol! xo

  9. Leeanne Wheeler says:

    These pumpkins are so cute!! What a great recycling idea!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Leeanne!

  10. Why didn't I think of this???

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Because you're busy thinking of so many other wonderful creative things! xo

  11. Mona Elam says:

    Those cutting boards would look great on the buffet in my entryway. Cute!

  12. HI! I would put these on my granite kitchen counter! So cute! JULIE SENT ME, GLAD SHE DID! 🙂

  13. Audrey Stewart says:

    I will display on my counter with my other Halloween decorations. This is so cute!

  14. Michelle James says:

    Mary Beth, Your primitive pumpkins are absolutely adorable! The tutorial is so helpful and anyone would be thrilled to receive this fall giveaway. Love being a part of the talented Thrifty style team! Happy fall. 😀

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Michelle, and you inspire me every month! xo

  15. Kim Avery says:

    I would display them on my front porch with the rest of my Halloween/Fall decor!