Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins

September 12, 2023

Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins

If you are looking for a fun and easy DIY project, you might want to consider making some yarn pumpkins! Yarn pumpkins are a great way to add some festive fall decor to your home, and they are also a perfect activity to do with kids. With just a few materials and some simple steps, you can create your own adorable yarn pumpkins in no time. Plus, you can customize your pumpkins to match your personal style and decor.

These simple DIY yarn pumpkins are a great way to get creative and incorporate some handmade charm into your home decor this autumn. You can make them in different sizes and colors to match your home's aesthetic and style. With just a few simple steps, you can craft your own unique and eye-catching pumpkins that will add a touch of festive charm to any room in your home.


  • Foam Pumpkins (Dollar Store or Walmart)
  • Thick Yarn / Faux Fur Yarn (Dollar Store or Walmart)
  • Cinnamon Sticks or Small Tree Branch
  • Potato Peeler or Apple Corer
  • Scissors
  • Quarter (coin)
    To get started on this project, you will need some basic supplies. First, you will need some foam pumpkins. I found a bag of them with a variety of sizes at Hobby Lobby. You will also need some thick yarn in your favorite fall colors, a potato peeler, scissors, and a quarter. I found some fun yarn at Walmart!

    Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins - materials needed


    As you get ready to begin the crafting process, let's start by removing the plastic stem from the pumpkin. I was able to easily pull the stem off mine, but if you need to cut it just grab a pair of scissors and carefully cut the stem off, being sure not to damage the top of the pumpkin.

    Now that you've removed the stem, it's time to create the opening for the yarn. You'll need a hole about the size of a quarter. For thicker yarns or faux fur yarns, you'll may want to make the hole a little bigger. Take your time with this step and use the quarter to mark the circumference of the hole by slightly pushing the top of the potato peeler in around the quarter. Remove the quarter and gently push the potato peeler down, going about halfway or more into the pumpkin all the way around the circle you just marked with the quarter. Once you've gone halfway, flip the pumpkin and repeat the process from the other side. Use your finger to pull out the foam chunks and as many crumbly pieces as possible. Don't worry the yarn will cover the rest!

    Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins - outline hole with quarter Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins - make hole with potato peeler

    Once you've created the hole, it's time to start working with the yarn. You'll want to measure and cut about 6-8 feet to be on the safe side. Grab an end of the yarn, tie a knot, and shove it through the hole. The knot at the end will make it easier to push the yarn through the hole and to pull it out from the other side. Once you've pulled the yarn through the hole, push the knot in and then pull it back out. Wrap the yarn around the pumpkin, making sure to cover as much surface area as possible. Continue wrapping until you've covered the entire pumpkin, using the knot to secure the yarn in place as needed.

    Once you reach one end of the yarn, just let the piece dangle and go to work on the other end. Flip the pumpkin over and tie a knot in the other end of the yarn. Continue wrapping the yarn around the pumpkin. When you've covered the pumpkin, trim the first end and tuck it into the hole. For the last wrap, look for any places that may be a little thin and use the other end to cover that area. Trim any excess and push the end into the hole.


    Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins - wrap pumpkin with thick yarn Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins - tuck remaining piece


    Finally, grab your cinnamon stick and push it in the hole. Wasn't that super simple? Time from start to finish is about 5 minutes! 

    To add some extra flair to your yarn pumpkins, you can also glue on some felt leaves or tie some jute twine around the cinnamon stick. You can even make a whole set of yarn pumpkins in different sizes and colors to create a beautiful fall display. So why not give yarn pumpkins a try and add some cozy autumn vibes to your home?


    Simple DIY Yarn Pumpkins - done

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