Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins


For years we have had the best fall décor out at our house. Super easy DIY fabric pumpkins! They are my absolute favorite fall decoration we have.  And everyone who sees them comments on how cute they are.

And you know what makes me even happier when my guests ask me where I got them? I get to say that my kids made them out of toilet paper rolls!

When I was on maternity leave with my 3rd (and last, *sniff sniff*) baby, I joined a mom’s group.  And one of the fun things they did was a seasonal craft time for the littles.  It was a very popular event.  I remember thinking, “How in the world are they going to get 30+ toddlers/preschoolers to sit down for a craft??? I’ve got to see this!”

At this point my oldest was in Kindergarten, my 2nd was almost 3 and I had a 2-month-old baby. We went through the seemingly never-ending struggle to actually get out of the house, in the car, and try to arrive wherever we were headed on time.  I never seemed to arrive anywhere punctually when they were younger…  Who am I kidding??  I still can’t seem to get anywhere on time with my kiddos without a bit of panic!

In any case, we finally made it to the house hosting the event. When I walked in and took a look at the craft table I was in shock.  These 2-, 3- and 4-year olds were actually doing the craft!  Moms needed to assist a little, but it was so easy.  They were done in a matter of minutes.  I’m not joking!

And I thought to myself, “Maybe I wasn’t crazy to bring all 3 kids to craft time!”

This craft requires only a couple supplies, some of which are FREE!  And they are seriously so easy to make and to customize to match your décor.

Just pick whatever fabric suits your fancy, there are so many to choose from.  I had my fabric cut to about 20″ when I bought it so that I could have the right size without too much extra left over.

And for my twigs, I hunted around under some trees in a parking lot.  Super easy, free and I just cut them to the size I wanted.

Before making the pumpkins, I saved a couple toilet paper rolls as they were getting close to being empty. (Actually, I unrolled some to speed things up and set aside the toilet paper for future use. Lol!)


Fabric of choice, cut in 20-22” squares

Batting, cut in 12-14” squares

Toilet paper rolls with about 1/2″ of paper left on them

Stick/Twig cut to about 4″ long (I really don’t recommend longer, because they just look unbalanced.)

Pipe Cleaner



How to Make Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins:

Step #1

Take toilet paper roll and place it standing on-end centered on the square of batting. Tuck the batting into the top hole of the toilet paper roll.

Step #2

Place batting covered toilet paper roll (once again on-end), centered on the fabric square. (Make sure that the fabric is pattern side down, otherwise the pretty print will be on the inside of the pumpkin.) Tuck the fabric into the top hold of the toilet paper roll.

Step #3

Place the stick/twig and wiggle it into the folds of the fabric at the top of your pumpkin. It won’t be tightly wedged into place, but it should stay put when you move the pumpkin around.

Step #4

Twist the pipe cleaner around the twig and use a pen/pencil to curl it. (Just wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil and pull the pencil out.  Perfect pipe cleaner ringlet!)

My Kindergartener and 2-year old made these pumpkins so easily, way back when.  They are now 10 and 7, so you can see that the pumpkins have survived the test of time.  And the best part is you can take these apart and remake them again at any point to fix anything that has fallen out of place.

(Yup, you guessed it! These are the original ones that my kiddos made way back when.)


My kids loved making us a new set of these great pumpkins. (And it seriously took them only about 2 minutes to make!) I’m sure your kids will enjoy this craft too!  I’d love to see how they turn out.  Shoot me a note at Lisa @makinglifericher .com (please remove the spaces) with your pictures!

(Oh, and did you see the spider hiding in one of the pictures?  I was getting creative with the pipe cleaners. Lol!)Save








  1. Bola

    September 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    This is awesome. We should give it a try. I just love DIY’s

    1. Lisa

      September 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Bola – They are so fun to make! I definitely think you should give them a try. 🙂

  2. Stacey

    September 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    These are so adorable! And I love that they are easy and fast to make. I am generally not very crafty, but I think I may be able to do these. I will keep these in mind as fall rolls around!

    1. Lisa

      September 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Stacy – I am very un-crafty. If I can make these, then anyone can!

  3. kiersten

    September 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Love these! Easy crafts like these are my favorite – and it looks like they can be disassembled for easy storage. My crafts always seem to get destroyed once they are put into a box until the next season!

  4. Dorothy

    September 14, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I’m currently looking into Fall DIY projects to do. I’ve never seen this one before. Will have to add it to my list to try. Thanks

    1. Lisa

      September 15, 2017 at 2:59 am

      Dorothy – They really turn out cute. I highly recommend trying!

  5. Cerin

    September 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    These are so cute! I think this is a great activity for me and the kiddo!

    1. Lisa

      September 15, 2017 at 2:58 am

      Cerin – Yes! She is the perfect age for this! You guys will have fun!

  6. Rachel

    September 15, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Umm… how cute are these??? My daughter has been hoarding toilet paper rolls and when I ask her why she tells me she is going to craft with them. I can’t imagine how excited she’ll be to see this idea! Thank you!

    1. Lisa

      September 15, 2017 at 2:58 am

      Rachel – My little one has been doing the same thing. Lol! So funny!

  7. Kourtney

    September 16, 2017 at 12:54 am

    These are adorable and so simple! I am definitely going to do this craft with my kids. I know they’ll love getting to make these and then display them in our house!

    1. Lisa

      September 16, 2017 at 4:02 am

      Kourtney – They really are so easy to make. My kids love pulling them out each year and showing off their handiwork. Lol!

  8. Evangeline

    September 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I want to host seasonal craft days! So much fun!!!

  9. elizabethmillersliwa

    September 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    These are adorable! And easy! Fall is our favorite season, and I just know the kids would love getting in on this craft. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Lisa

      September 16, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Elizabeth – Yay! Glad you like them. Have fun crafting!

  10. Malini

    September 23, 2017 at 2:07 am

    So cute! Very creative – and I love the step by step directions!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Ray

    September 23, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I’ll see if I can do this with a winter scarf. Very creative.

    1. Lisa

      September 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Ray – What a great idea! I’d love to see the end result!

  12. Michele @Confessions of Parenting

    September 27, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    How cute are these? I love them! I will be busting out my craft supplies this weekend and making these! Thank you for posting at Confessions of Parenting today!

    1. Lisa

      September 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Michele – Thanks for visiting and letting me share this fun craft!

  13. Erica

    September 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    These are super cute! I always hate how much work and how yucky actually carving pumpkins can get. This is a great alternative.

    1. Lisa

      September 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Erica – Carving pumpkins can definitely get messy. Lol! I really love how easy and mess free these are.

  14. Jennifer

    September 27, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    So cute and so simple! I actually recognize them–my 17-year-old made one in preschool which I still to this day put up with my fall decor every year!

    1. Lisa

      September 28, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Jennifer – I so love this! Isn’t this the best craft!? I love that you still have yours from when your son was in preschool. My original set of pumpkins are 5 years old and going strong!

  15. Heather | Made In A Pinch

    September 28, 2017 at 5:09 am

    How cute! I love diy, and these pumpkins are easy and adorable! My kids will love making them!

    1. Lisa

      September 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Heather – Yay! I’m sure you guys will have fun making them!

  16. Marissa

    September 30, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I love how easy these are for kids to make! My daughter is very crafty; I’m going to show her how to make one. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Lisa

      October 1, 2017 at 2:27 am

      Marissa – Glad you like them! They are really fun and easy to make!

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