Our easy yarn pumpkins are a cinch to make with inexpensive foam pumpkins and yarn from the Dollar Store and Walmart, but they look like a million bucks!
Sometimes my babes just nails it with an idea.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Yarn pumpkins? She didn’t think of yarn pumpkins! I’ve seen so many people do them!”
And no one is disputing your claim, madam.
But what Handan did is make them easy. She’s an engineer. It’s what she does!
Anyway, she’d been hoarding foam pumpkins for over a month, buying a handful here from Dollar Tree and an armload there from Walmart (which actually sells them cheaper than Dollar Tree) and even splurging occasionally at Kroger, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
As usual when she starts laying in vast quantities of a particular craft supply or decor item, I know something is brewing in that squirrel brain of hers – a mighty tempest that will manifest in yet another craft for Your Long-Suffering Author to make, photograph and write about.
So it was with the foam pumpkins.
And here I am writing about it.
We also used a few other types of yarn to make those trees. The point is, the same thing happened last year as happened this past month – only with yarn instead of pumpkins. Those two projects turned out great.
I think this one is even better!
Handan’s idea was to make yarn pumpkins (been done before), but do it differently (new and exciting!) We watched videos of women (Always women. Where my dudes at?) using yarn needles (is that what they’re called?) or hot glue. Gah! What a mess! And Handan saw that they all suffered from the same fatal flow that not only made their project harder, but it made the final yarn pumpkin not look as good as it should.
The secret, you see, is in the hole…
You’d never guess that these easy DIY yarn pumpkins came from such humble beginnings! And we also found some interesting yarn at Dollar Tree, so this can truly be a Dollar Store project should you wish. The yarn pumpkins I made for this written tutorial and for the YouTube video use the Dollar Tree yarn and Walmart foam pumpkins.
Okay enough of my yapping, let’s make some simple stupid yarn pumpkins.
Easy DIY Yarn Pumpkins
- Dollar Store foam pumpkins (Walmart sells them for 98 cents)
- Assorted thick yarn, faux fur yarn or Red Heart Boutique Rigoletto yarn (small skeins available at Dollar Tree – it’s what I used for this tutorial)
- Small tree branch pieces for stems (you can also use cinnamon sticks if branches are not available)
- Apple corer or potato peeler with apple corer
- 25 cent coin (yeah, I know it’s a quarter, but if I just wrote “quarter,” you’d be all, “Quarter what?? He forgot something!”)
DIY Yarn Pumpkin Video Tutorial
DIY Yarn Pumpkin Written Tutorial
Okay, you’ve got your pumpkins. Good for you! You’ve taken the first step towards greatness!
Plastic stems are for the birds. Well, not literally, of course! But pull that sucker out of there and throw it in the trash.
Stab around the circumference of the quarter to mark your hole.
Dig a circumference down about halfway or more.
Then flip the pumpkin and dig from the other side. No need for the quarter – just eyeball it.
If your foam starts breaking up while you’re digging, just pull it out. This isn’t brain surgery, madam! No need for a delicate touch!
When you’ve broken through, simply push the rest of the styrofoam out with a finger until you have a clean hole through your pumpkin.
Time for the yarn. Measure and cut about 3-4 feet of the Red Heart Rigoletto yarn. If you’re using other thicker yarns or faux fur yarns, then make that cut at about 6-8 feet just to be on the safe side. Grab an end, tie a knot and shove it through the hole. The knot on the end makes it easier to push the yarn through and to pull it out from the other side.
Grab the end and pull the yarn through the hole.
Once you have about half the yarn pulled though, feed it back through the hole: push the knot in, pull the knot out from other end and wrap.
Push the knot in, pull the knot out, and wrap.
Push, Pull and Wrap. Couldn’t be easier!
It’s a lot like making a loop yarn wreath, but you don’t need to pin anything on the pumpkin.
Once you reach the 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
Repeat what you were doing before: Push, Pull and Wrap!
When you’ve covered the entire pumpkin, set aside the piece you were working on for a moment.
Trim the first end and tuck it into the hole.
For the last wrap, look for any places that have a thinner cover or any pumpkin showing through, and bring the yarn up to cover that spot.
Trim most of the excess.
Then push the end into the hole.
Grab your stick piece and push it in.
I told you it was easy! Time from start to finish: about 5 minutes.
Now go crazy with some other yarns! We used all sorts to make ours. Note that the faux fur yarn shown below is pretty thin. To make wrapping faster, we doubled it over and tied a knot at the fold. But Lion Brand also has other faux fur yarn named “Go for Faux, Thick & Quick” which we used for our DIY Faux Yarn Christmas Trees and some with our pumpkins. If you’re using Thick & Quick, you don’t need to double it over.
For the thicker yarns, you’ll need a wider hole. Don’t worry – it may look enormous at first, but the thick yarn will fill it up by the end.
That’s that! Super simple (and cheap!) DIY Yarn Pumpkins that look like something Hobby Lobby would sell for $9.99!
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