I decorated for fall for the first time last year and I fell in love with autumn decor. While I don’t plan to go full out pumpkin explosion, I did manage to find a combination of DIY easy decorated pumpkins and a few pretty store-bought pumpkins to add to the collection. I’m sharing my take on DIY fabric covered pumpkins and a few store-bought elegant pumpkins to add style to your fall décor.
Elegant and Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
I’m not a farmhouse or shabby chic girl and well, a lot of DIY pumpkin décor I found leaned a little too rustic for my liking. So came up with this fabric wrapped pumpkin with a high-end look for less.
How to make a fabric pumpkin (preferably using scrap fabric)
I’m telling you, this simple tutorial made me want to go buy ALL THE FOAM PUMPKINS. I’ll start with the final product so you can see why.
So much metallic goodness.
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Fabric Wrapped Pumpkin Supplies
— Scrap fabric, you need about (18 inches by 7-inch)
— Foam Pumpkin (for reference only–Get this in the $1 store!)
— Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
— Stick from outdoors
— Craft or spray paint
— X-Acto or utility blade
The project cost me a whopping $2 because all I needed were the pumpkins
1. Prep your foam pumpkin
Using an X-Acto knife or utility blade, cut off the stem of your Styrofoam pumpkin. The inside of the pumpkin is hollow. You could simply pull the stem off, but cutting an opening will give you a place to tuck your fabric ends a nice neat closure at the top.
2. Cut your fabric scraps to wrap the pumpkin
Cut your fabric into 2” by 7” strips. You can vary the width on a few to help you close up any weird gaps.
3. Glue on your fabric strips
Add a line of glue across the top of the fabric and tuck the excess into the cut whole at the top. Flip the pumpkin upside down and add glue along the sides of the strip. (work quickly because you don’t want that glue to dry). Pull the fabric taught along the edges of the pumpkin and smooth down the edges of the fabric. You want the fabric to sit smoothly on the pumpkin for a neat look.
***thin pliable fabric works best. The stiff, heavy upholstery fabric I used was harder to use than the speckled velvet.***
Let the fabric fall naturally. Don’t try to force the fabric to go in a direction. For my first pumpkin, I tried going around the pumpkin covering every and I ended up using way too much fabric. For the second one, I let the natural curve of the pumpkin guide me and added strips to fill in gaps.
The bottom of your pumpkin may not be pretty, just make it neat and ensure the extra fabric lies flat so your finished project can sit naturally on a table.
4. Add DIY pumpkin stem and leaves
I had my son and his cousins scour the neighborhood for a few sticks I could use for stems. You can wrap your pumpkin stem in ribbon, yarn or whatever you like. I used the same fabric as my pumpkin and hot glue. You only need about 6-7 inches of stems. Use something with a larger girth. I used my wire cutters to cut the branch to size.
Because the foam pumpkin is hollow, you can just stick the stem through the hole and let it rest inside. (If you’re like me and tend to pick up your faux pumpkins by their stem, you may want to shoot a glob of hot glue on the inside of the foam so your stem can stick.)
And you’re done!
Tips on finding fabric to wrap your pumpkins
Real talk, the fabric I used to cover these foam pumpkins was not cheap per se. They are scraps left over from other projects. All I had to buy were the pumpkins.
Using dollar tree items does not mean you have to go cheap on everything! The high-end fabric gives these Styrofoam pumpkins a total glam makeover. Never in a million years would I have purchased the fabric specifically for this project. One was $17.99 a yard (AFTER a sale and coupon!) but because it was left over I ended up with a chic fabric wrapped pumpkins.
Ideas for where to find fabric:
— Use pillow covers you no longer use
–Use bedding that has seen better days
— Check out 5 Below
— Use placemats or kitchen towels
— Pick up pretty scarves from thrift stores
–Check out the party dress section of the fabric store
–Check out the remnants
—Don’t forget to use coupons at Joann’s
Using leftover fabric scraps to cover pumpkins helps you out in two ways:
A) You don’t have to spend any money an
B) You have fabric that coordinates with your current décor.
Also, don’t use a pattern that has to match up. You’ll just frustrate yourself trying to work with the curves and use wayyy too much fabric.
Mix your Easy DIY Pumpkins with Store-Bought Decor
Here are some of my favorites. In my general fall decor, I like to mix in a few DIY projects with store-bought items. The combination delivers a unique look without looking too homemade.
The stores are teeming with lots of pretty glam pumpkins.