If you ask me the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “fall,” I immediately think of pumpkins. Well… leaves and football, too, but pumpkins are surely a contender!
As Halloween approaches, my family buys all sorts of types from the store to decorate in spooky and festive ways. Some years we follow a template and other years we just let our creativity take over. Here’s a photo of our pumpkins from last October!
While we typically take a classic route with some carved jack-o-lanterns, I’m always on the lookout for new and fun pumpkin crafts to change things up a bit.
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Last year, I coated mini pumpkins in gold paint in an effort to create chic place settings. I loved how simple it was to add a fall touch to my dining room!
I also used a pumpkin as a vase and filled it with autumn-colored flowers in burgundy, maze, orange and forest green. It was a unique way to upgrade my seasonal centerpiece! You can find the video with a little tutorial and tips below.
Between browsing new fall decor and fresh carving ideas for my 2020 pumpkins, I discovered a whole bunch of pumpkin crafts that are perfect for anyone looking to add some excitement to their home.
I’m talking everything from DIY topiaries to yarn pumpkin garland — everyone is so creative! So, I rounded up some of my favorite pumpkin crafts I found on the web to give you the chance to recreate them at home.
If you decide to add one of these to your list, I linked out to the supplies you’ll need! Just click on the underlined blue text and it will take you directly to the page to purchase the supplies. You can also find photos of everything at the very bottom of the article — another fun way to find what you need!
My Personal Favorite Pumpkin Crafts
Here are a couple pumpkin crafts I’ve created over the years. They’ve been a hit in the past and I love how simple they are! Below each of the photos, you can find a little explainer to help you through the process. The links to everything you’ll need are in the blue underlined text as well!
Chic Gold Pumpkins
Make sure your space is clean and you have your table lined with newspaper to avoid any mess. Clean the pumpkins with water and mild soap and get to painting! I coat the entire pumpkin in gold but you can also play around with patterns or stencils.
Pumpkin Floral Arrangement
The beautiful color and shape of a pumpkin can really lend itself to effortless decor. Start out with your favorite shape pumpkin and completely hallow it out. Next, you’ll need to stuff it with floral foam so you can individually place all your flowers in the top.
If you’re a little lazy like I am sometimes, you can also place a small water-filled vase in the center and add your pre-made bouquet in the top.
It’s so cute and perfect for fall entertaining.
Here’s another trick… I like to carve out the smaller pumpkins and use them as bowls to hold soup or treats!
More Pumpkin Ideas for Fall
While I adore DIY projects, I don’t have all the time in the world to create everything I’d like. However, I found some that I think you all will enjoy and listed them below.
If you’d like to tackle one of these crafty projects, you can click on the bold text above the photos for instructions! As with my crafts above, you can click on the blue underlined text under the photo and it will bring you directly to the page to buy the products. Good luck!
Depending on the type of fabric you use, these pumpkins can be used for either Halloween or Thanksgiving! All you need is a large roll of toilet paper, an 18-20-inch square piece of fabric, a green ribbon for the stem and a few cinnamon sticks.
Simply place the roll in the center of the fabric and tuck the edges into the middle of the roll — slowly working your way around. Use a branch or cinnamon sticks as the stem and add a green ribbon for a special touch. Lilly from InstruPix really did a great job with this one!
This one takes a little more effort but the finished product is so worth it! Gather up about 16 canning rings, washi tape, cinnamon sticks, wire and burlap. You’ll also need some wire cutters, scissors, and a hot glue gun to tackle the project.
To start, wrap the outside of the canning rings in decorative washi tape. You can use whatever pattern you’d like! Wrap it around each ring twice and press it firmly to secure it in place. (repeat for all rings)
String all your rings onto the wire and pull them together. From there, all you need to do is make sure they form a circular shape and use a cinnamon stick and burlap in the middle to finish it off.
What a cute idea from My Sanity Project!
Wrap the yarn around four fingers about 120 times to create a bundle on your hand. Next, cinch the bundles together with another piece of yarn and pull it tightly. This will create a basic pumpkin shape for the base. (very similar to a pom pom ball)
The pipe cleaner is used on the top as a stem and can be secured with the excess yarn. You can also use the yarn to attach each pumpkin on the twine about a foot apart.
Remember, you can click the “Yarn Pumpkin Garland” header above for detailed instructions!
This topiary from All Things Target was just too cute not to share! These pumpkins were found in the Target dollar section, but you can also use any faux pumpkins from your local craft store.
To create the base, cut a cardboard circle to fit the top of the cauldron (make sure it fits the top perfectly! Under the cardboard, you’ll place the foam in the cauldron.
Put the pumpkins on the cardboard in the cauldron, add some finishing touches and you’re set!
Spookify your decor with this DIY spider pumpkin from Kara’s Party Ideas!
Secure the spiders on the pumpkin in a creepy crawly fashion to make all your neighbors jealous of your unique (and simple) decor!
If you’re simply trying to find new ideas for pumpkin carving, here are a bunch of templates from SheKnows! I love the variety of ideas from bats to dogs to ghosts. There are even 39 jack-o-lantern styles as well!
No matter what project you take on, I’m sure you’ll find a fun way to get creative this season. I have my sights set on the simple toilet paper roll pumpkin, but with how cute these are I may need to give a few of them a try!
Which ones caught your attention? Can’t wait to see all the creative ways you’re welcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving!
For more decor finds, check out:
– A Halloween Tree is The Decor Trend You Need This Fall
– Welcome To My Fall Decor Home Tour!
– What is Hygge and Why You Need It in Your Life