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.)
How to Make Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins:
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.
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.
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.
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!)