Also called "log pumpkins," the name is pretty self-explanatory. When painted orange and topped with a piece of tree limb that serves as a "stem," these simple wooden stumps look like whimsical (albeit a bit cylindrical) pumpkins.
Depending on your skill level with a saw, you could even add cut sloping edges and ridges to make "chamfer pumpkins," which are more realistic.
... or if you're pretty good with a paintbrush, go for the jack o'lantern version. The best part? Unlike the real deals, these wooden pumpkins won't rot—meaning you can reuse them year after year.
And you'll definitely want to—the little guys look just adorable when staggered on steps or clustered beside the front door.
Of course, you'll need to source some tree stumps first. You can buy them on Etsy, but also look locally: A neighbor, a tree surgeon, or the "Green Waste" or "Wood and Yard Waste" section of your local Waste Management site might even sell them to you on the cheap. The blogger behind Her Tool Belt scored hers for only $5 each. Here's her easy tutorial:
Don't have access to a whole stump? Check out this smaller wood slice welcome sign craft by View From the Fridge.