Since fall is my favorite season, it makes sense that I like a little pumpkin decor. I always get a few mini pumpkins but I decided I wanted something a little bigger this year. I created this rustic DIY pumpkin decor out of burlap. It’s easy and fun!
- Wired Burlap Ribbon
- Green Jute Cord or Green Yarn
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Floral Wire (optional)
Step 1: Cut 11-12 strips of burlap ribbon at 12-14 inches each.Step 2: Begin hot gluing the ribbons together in a fan pattern, as shown in the photo below. You just create a center point and fan out around it. Step 3: As you are deciding how to glue your strips, you can prop your ribbon up in a pumpkin shape to see how it’s coming along. This really helped me determine where to glue each strip. Continue gluing each ribbon to the previous ribbon while moving around the center.Step 4: Once all your strips are glued down, flip the whole thing over and glue the bottoms of the strips together. This will work the same way you did the top, only it should go much more quickly.Step 5: Once the bottom is dried, flip it over again. It actually looks like a pumpkin! To cover the mess of the center, I cut a circle out of leftover burlap and glued it to the center.
Step 6: Using the green jute cord, create a coil and glue it down to the center of your DIY pumpkin.Step 7: For the stem, cut a couple of pieces of jute and glue them down in the middle of the coil. The coil will help them stand up and fan out.
Step 8 (optional): I couldn’t decide if I liked the DIY pumpkin sinking in the middle. Real pumpkins sink a little but I’m was thinking I might want to pump it up a bit. So I took a piece of floral wire and bent it in a circular shape. I slipped this inside the DIY pumpkin, stuck the two ends inside the top of the burlap and shaped to my liking. The bottom of the circle wire is sitting on the bottom of the pumpkin. This technique is the reason the pumpkin is a bit bigger in the last photo. I still can’t decide which I like better!I also debated painting the burlap orange. It would be easy to do so I might make another. But this time I opted for the natural burlap tone.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.