Itching to try your hand at crafted pumpkins? Check out my tutorials on six mini pumpkin decorating ideas -- no sewing required!
Note to the Reader: I was invited by some lovely blogger friends (their blogs are listed at the bottom of the post), to be part of a fun clearance challenge. The challenge was to spend no more than $15, on a clearance item(s), and then incorporate the items into our Fall decorating. This challenge would be seemingly easy for me, because I LOVE to buy on clearance, but when faced with a budget and deadline -- not so easy. I probably visited 5-7 stores before I finally settled on a project. Here is what I chose:
I have been admiring all of the beautiful, fabric and DIY pumpkins on Instagram and Pinterest, and wanted to create some for myself. But with limited sewing skills, I decided to challenge myself to decorate some mini pumpkins without spending a ton of time, or fortune on supplies. So I found some items I had on hand, along with some inexpensive items from Dollar Tree and elsewhere, and put together my plan. Here were the items I planned to use that I had to purchase. All of the items I used in this project were $1 or less, and my entire project supplied was under $15:
For the first pumpkin, I used one of the orange foam pumpkins and a sweater I had on hand from a previous craft. The steps were simple: I just cut the sleeve off of the sweater and stuck the pumpkin inside. Next, I cut the excess sweater off the top and bottom and hot glued the bottom fabric to the pumpkin. I gathered up the top and secured with some string. Finally, I glued a wine cork to the top and wrapped some nautical rope around it to finish it off. Check out the process:
For the other two foam pumpkins, I painted them black and white. While they were drying, I did this simple craft using the black yarn I purchased. I simply wrapped some yarn around the base of the stem, securing with hot glue, and then made a mini tassel out of 5-6 strings of yarn. You'll see the final reveal in a bit.
This pumpkin was a little more time consuming, but also easy. I used one of the mini Dollar Tree pumpkins for this craft. I started by working my way up the pumpkin from the bottom, securing the black yarn with hot glue. When I got to the end, I simply wrapped the stem with some green thread I purchased at Dollar Tree.
For my white lace pumpkin, I did a coat of white paint, using leftover paint I had on hand. I did have to touch up some areas where the orange foam pumpkin showed through. If I had more time, I would've done multiple coats. My process for this pumpkin was simple. I wrapped the white lace around the pumpkin and cut it to size, Next, I hot glued it to the pumpkin and gathered it at the top. Finally, I found some jute rope and wrapped it around the stem, and added the same leaf I had on hand to give it some additional interest.
I found this DIY mini pumpkin decorating idea on Pinterest. It looked like a simple and easier way to wrap yarn around a pumpkin. Basically, you take four strips of equal length yarn and twist them together. Then you wrap them around the pumpkin lengthwise, and secure with hot glue. I won't show you all the steps here, but it basically works the same way as my black yarn pumpkin above. Also, I used green mini rope for the stem.
For my final pumpkin, I used the black painted foam pumpkin. Since I was tired of wrapping and gluing yarn, I just wrapped the creases of the pumpkin only with the black yarn for a striped effect. Next I took a feather topper off of an old mini Halloween hat, and glued that to the top of my pumpkin in place of a stem. I think this one is one of my favorites!
I had so much fun coming up with this mini pumpkin decorating ideas. However, I wish I would not have been so rushed to complete them in one evening. You may have luck finding craft items around your house, or even clearance items that you could use to come up with your own mini pumpkin decorating ideas. It's all about being creative and a little resourceful. Thanks for checking out my pumpkin tutorial, and let me know which pumpkin was your favorite in the comments section! For more of my Fall styling, visit my Instagram page or blog page.
Be sure to visit my designer friends' blogs below, to check out the clearance items that they found, and see how they incorporated them into their Fall decor!
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Susan is a Midwest mom of two and lover of all things colorful in the home. She works with homeowners to find their unique style and color palette while keeping their budgets and lifestyles in mind. You can find her hanging out on Instagram at @colorjoyinteriors or Twitter @getcolorjoy, where she shares her latest colorful projects and inspirations.
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