How To Make A Chunky Yarn Pumpkin

September 20, 2021

Today I'm showing you how to make a chunky yarn pumpkin easily and inexpensively.

How To Make A Chunky Yarn Pumpkin

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orange foam craft pumpkin

Back in the day it seemed like the only kind of decorative pumpkins you'd see in the stores around this time of year were solid colored. And orange. And boring. Like this one. Well, those days are clearly gone! 

 orange plaid mini pumpkins

Now, no matter where you look, all you see are buffalo plaid pumpkins, burlap pumpkins, velvet pumpkins, corduroy pumpkins .  . . .  need I say more? You can read about these orange and white buffalo check beauties in Dollar Tree Treasures # 17: Fall Finds. And I've embraced that trend wholeheartedly, even to the extent that I'm making my own fuzzy (yes, fuzzy) chunky yarn pumpkins this year. Read on to see how I did it.

 

 

SUPPLIES FOR DIY CHUNKY YARN PUMPKINS

 chunky yarn paint pot glue gun crafting supplies


1. foam pumpkin (I got mine at Dollar Tree.)

2. fuzzy yarn (I used Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss in Light Gray from Hobby Lobby, 100% polyester, Yarn Weight Jumbo. You can also try Lion Brand Chunky Knit in Linen).

3. paint in color(s) of your choice

4. paint brush(es)

5. glue gun

6. hot glue sticks

7. hot glue finger guards (I got mine at Dollar Tree.)

8. scissors

9. bamboo skewers (I got mine at Dollar Tree.)

10. faux leaves (optional)     

11. real wood branches to turn into stems (not shown, optional) 


 

HOW TO MAKE A CHUNKY YARN PUMPKIN 


 gray painted foam pumpkins

1. Paint your pumpkin to match the yarn color you're using, and paint the stem an appropriate color (unless you're using actual wood sticks, in which case you need to cut off (or pull out) the foam stem and dig out a small hole for you to place and glue the stick into as your last step). I painted the pumpkins gray and the stems brown.

For drying, push bamboo skewers into bottom middle of pumpkin and place the skewers into a glass to hold the pumpkins while they dry fully.

2. Measure out and cut an appropriate length of yarn to reach from underneath the pumpkin all the way to the top of the pumpkin, just before the stem (or hole for stem).  

3. Place a line of hot glue along one of the indentations on the pumpkin, from the underside all the way up to the top. 

4. Gently place the yarn you've already cut out on top of the line of glue and give it a minute to cure. 

 

chunky yarn gray foam pumpkin

5. Work your way around the pumpkin, one piece of yarn at a time. Then go back and fill in any bare spots. Not all pieces of yarn will be the same length. If you've painted your pumpkin a similar color you shouldn't have to worry too much about the pumpkin itself peeking through anywhere. 

6. In order to make the pumpkin sit flush on the table you might have to trim the yarn on the bottom of the pumpkin a bit and it might end up looking less than perfect. But as long as it sits fairly flat you're ok. No one's going to see the bottom!

7. (Optional) If you've chosen to add a wood stem, now's the time. Use your glue gun and add the stem.

8.(Optional) Add some faux leaves around the stem with a dot of hot glue. I chose to skip this step.

 fall pumpkin decor

I was going to make two white yarn pumpkins to go with the gray ones, but then I remembered I had a similarly sized white felt one they might look good with. See what I mean? The white felt pumpkin totally compliments the DIY chunky yarn pumpkins.

gray chunky yarn pumpkin wood bead garland

I was totally thrilled with the "fuzziness" of the chunky yarn pumpkin.

chunky yarn pumpkin sugar mold

The wood bead garland with "blessings"written on a wood slice was $1.97 at Wal-Mart.

Autumn Blessings fall decor box blessings wood slice garland

The "Autumn Blessings" box in the background is from Dollar Tree last fall. It's great for flower arrangements.

Nantucket lidded basket fall faux flowers gray chunky yarn pumpkin

I got this lidded Nantucket basket at a church rummage sale years ago. I love pulling it out around fall time. 

 pumpkins Nantucket basket fall florals

I think mixing textures adds warmth to a vignette. 

chunky yarn pumpkin white sugar mold mini pumpkins

This vintage sugar mold is something I've wanted for a hot minute but always hesitated to buy due to high prices. Luckily for me I found this over Labor Day weekend at a vintage market in MI. You usually see unpainted sugar molds, but I loved this white one. And guess what fit perfectly inside each hole? Dollar Tree clip-on baby boo pumpkins! 

white felt pumpkin orange velvet pumpkins fall decor

  gray chunky yarn pumpkin white baby boo pumpkin sugar mold

And as much as I love decorating with neutral colors for fall, I just had to add in some mini muted orange velvet pumpkins for a pop of color. 

parade of pumpkins fall decor


festive autumn decor


vintage white pumpkin



Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss yarn pumpkin

The two foam pumpkins were $1.00 each. The yarn cost around $4.00 at 40% off (I probably used half of it). I already had the paint (sample pots from home remodel) and all other supplies that were necessary. So all in all these two pumpkins cost me around $4.00. After an internet search I found that many yarn pumpkins are WAY more expensive than that. So I feel good about the minimal money spent on this project, as well as the chunky outcome! 


 Well, that's it for today, friends!

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My thrift store addiction said...

I love the yarn you chose and chunky texture! Well done!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Love these, that chunky yarn is so fun with so much texture. I can imagine these in every shade of orange! cute, cute!

Kathy said...

Love your pumpkins; great clear tutorial, too. I love those hot pink finger protectors from DT. In my book, there is nothing worse than a glue gun burn when you are in the middle of crafting! I bought several of the same little pumpkins at DT and threaded them with other stuff on jute and bakery twine to make some cute garlands!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is so cute Kathleen. What a great idea. Love that chunky yarn and color.
Happy Wednesday. xoxo Kris

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