Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Depending on where you live, the high for the week might be well into the 90’s. Fall decor and pumpkin carving may be the last thing on your to-do list. However, we’re officially in full-blown fall mode! The kids are finally back in school, our fall decor is unpacked, and my closet is full of flannel and scarfs! But we all know fall isn’t here until we have at least one DIY project and start filling our houses with pumpkins! Lucky for all you lovers of all things fall, I have a burlap pumpkin project that is not only super easy, but perfect for every home.
- Jute twine
- Polyfill stuffing
- Rubber bands
- Mod Podge
- Aluminum foil
- Faux leaves
- Before you do anything else, cut your burlap into a 16 x 12-inch piece. Attach the two 12 inch sides, right sides together, with a heavy duty hem tape. Then, press the hem to one side.
- Cut 6 pieces of the jute twine about 17 inches and tie them together at one end.
- With the burlap sleeve still inside out, place the twine bundle inside with the knot sticking out on the top.
- Next, secure the end of the sleeve with a rubber band, leaving the knot still showing on top.
- Turn the sleeve from step 1 right side out, and stuff with polyfill.
- Close the other end of the sleeve with a rubber band.
- Bring the jute strings up one at a time. Make sure to pull them as tight as possible, to create the ridges in the pumpkin. Tie each one around the rubber band.
- Remember to space them out as evenly as possible, up until tying the last strand.
- While still leaving the twine attached, tie a tight knot around the top of the pumpkin, covering the rubber band.
- Afterwards, you can start pulling the fabric to smooth out the pumpkin and even out the 6 sections. Once you’re happy with your pumpkin, cut off the remaining burlap on top to 1 1/2 inches tall.
- Then, tightly wrap additional twine around the fabric to create a stem, leaving the six original strands at the bottom of the stem. You will wind the twine up and then back down and tie it off with the other end and cut.
- Finally, you can finish forming the tendrils. Be sure to cover the top of the pumpkin with aluminum foil to protect it. Then, take the 6 original strands of twine and coat them with Mod Podge and wrap them around a pencil.
- Lastly, Allow each strand to set for about 15 minutes and then remove the pencil so the strands are free.
Before you know it, you’ll have an adorable pumpkin perfect to welcome this beautiful fall weather! As a matter of fact, these are also a fun way to get your kids involved in an activity at home. These pumpkins are a perfect addition to any fireplace, porch, or even a bookcase. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can add some leaves with a hot glue gun to your liking! In addition to leaves, feel free to personalize these pumpkins with different colors and sizes. What’s your favorite DIY decor project to kickstart fall? Leave your comments below!