5 Inexpensive DIY Fall Pumpkin Decorations

DIY Pumpkin Decorations

Check out these easy, inexpensive, DIY fall pumpkin decorations that are perfect for the entire autumn season. This beautiful decor will bring joy to your home from September until November!

Wine Cork Pumpkin

Materials: 25 recycled wine corks, Orange acrylic paint, Paint brush, Hot glue gun, Craft knife, Green felt, Scissors, Jute twine

Instructions:

  1. Dilute the paint with a bit of water and paint both ends of all but one cork. Allow to dry.
  2. Arrange the corks in rows (4 on the bottom, then 5, then 6, then 5 and 4 on the top row) and hot glue them together. For best results, try to match up the corks so they’re the same length in each row.
  3. Take the one remaining cork and cut off part of it with the craft knife. Hot glue it on top as the stem.
  4. Cut leaf shapes from the green felt and hot glue them on around the “stem.”
  5. Tie a short length of twine around the stem to resemble the vine.

Easy No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

Materials: Burlap, Jute twine, Polyfill stuffing, Rubber bands, Mod Podge, Pencil, Aluminum foil, Faux leaves if desired

Instructions: 

  1. Cut a piece of burlap that is 16 x 12 inches. Stitch the two 12 inch sides together to create a sort of sleeve and press the seam open.  Cut 6 pieces of jute twine a little longer than 16 inches and knot them together.
  2. With the burlap sleeve still inside out, place the twine bundle inside with the knot protruding from one end.
  3. Secure the end of the sleeve with a rubber band, leaving the knot still protruding.
  4. Turn the sleeve right side out and stuff with polyfill.
  5. Close the other end of the sleeve with a rubber band.
  6. Bring the jute strands up one at a time, pulling rather tightly to create the pumpkin sections. Tie each one around the rubber band. Space them as evenly as possible as you work until all 6 have been tied.
  7. Leaving the twine attached, tie a tight knot around the top of the pumpkin, covering the rubber band. Now you can pull on the fabric to smooth out the pumpkin and even up the sections. Once you are satisfied, cut the protruding fabric to about 1 1/2 inches in length.
  8. Tightly wrap the twine around the fabric to create a stem, leaving the six original strands at the bottom of the stem. You will wind the twine up and then back down and tie it off with the other end and cut.
  9. Now you can now work on forming the tendrils. First, cover the pumpkin top with aluminum foil to protect it. Then take several of the 6 original pieces of twine, coat them with Mod Podge and wrap them around a pencil. Allow it to set for about 10 minutes and then remove the pencil so that the twine will not be stuck to it. You can gently reform the tendrils to dry if needed. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.

Wood Slice Pumpkins

Instructions: 

  1. Start with a wood slice. I just saw some at Micheal’s if you don’t have a tree fall in your back yard.
  2. Paint inside of pumpkin orange with acrylic craft paint.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Glue a piece of drift wood (or you could use a stick from the yard) to the top of the pumpkin.
  5. Cut a leaf out of burlap and glue to the top.
  6. Tell your pumpkins how amazing and wonderful and incredible they are….

Yarn Pumpkin Garland

Materials: Orange yarn, Green pipe cleaners, Twine, Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Wrap yarn around four fingers about 120 times or so.
  2. Cut a ~10-inch piece of yarn and stick it between your fingers to wrap it around the big yarn loop
  3. Line up the piece of yarn in the middle of the yarn loop, and tie – pulling taut and wrapping around the backside as well.
  4. You now have your basic pumpkin shape. Cut a 2-inch piece of pipe cleaner and tie to the pumpkin using the two loose strands of yarn from Step 3. Don’t trim the strands yet!
  5. Wrap the pipe cleaner around itself to form the stem.
  6. Pretty up your pumpkin by tucking in any loose loops
  7. Once again using the loose strings on the pumpkin to tie them around the twine. Continue making pumpkins until you have enough for your garland!

Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin

Materials: 20 mason jar lid band, 1 can orange spray paint, orange yarn, 4-inch cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

  1. Lay out some newspaper or craft paper in a well-ventilated area. I did this outside, which really offers the best ventilation, and on a day that is not windy or rainy (obviously). Lay out all your mason jar bands onto the paper, making sure several inches separate them. Note: if you are sensitive or have respiratory issues, I also recommend wearing a protective mask while spray painting.
  2. Spray paint the bands well with orange spray paint. I spray painted one side first, allowed to dry for a few hours, then I flipped them over and sprayed the other side. Make sure you are spraying the sides well too. Allow lids to dry completely overnight.
  3. Once lids are completely dry, it’s time to tie them all together. First, make sure all your mason jar bands are facing the same direction. In the picture below, you’ll see the groove part of the bands are all facing one way. *This really is important to get this pumpkin to fan out nicely.*
  4. Wrap a piece of orange yarn through the bands. Then pull as tight as you can. You want a really nice, taught string. It may help if you have someone helping you on this part. My son put his finger on the string to keep it in place so I could tie a tight knot. *This is another important detail to ensure this pumpkin shapes up properly when fanning out the lids. *Cut off any excess string.
  5. Once you have it tied, it should just be a matter of gently separating the lids so they are spaced evenly.
  6. Pop a few cinnamon sticks in the middle to be the pumpkin stem and you are done! It may take 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks per pumpkin you make. It just depends on how wide the sticks are.

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