Hi y’all! Lately I have seen posts all over Pinterest about how to make these yarn pumpkins. So, I decided to try my hand at making them.
They weren’t as complicated as I had thought! However, it did take me awhile to find an easier solution. I should have done a little more research before I just jumped in and bought materials, because a chunky yarn would have taken less time. But I still think the thinner yarn turned out really well and I am pleased! (I will probably make more because I find them so cute!)
What You Need
- Yarn. (I used medium/#4 and super bulky/#6.)
- Styrofoam pumpkins. (I got mine at Dollar Tree.)
- Small Stick/ Twig.
- Hot Glue.
- Plastic Yarn Needle.
- Hot Glue Gun.
- Apple Corer or Vegetable Peeler.
How To Make Yarn Pumpkins
** TIP **- Plug in hot glue gun before you begin so it will be ready to use by step 3!
Step 1: Hollow The Center Of The Pumpkin
So the first step will be to hollow out the center of the pumpkin. I used an apple corer. Make marks to create a circle. (Feel free to remove the plastic layer in the circle.)
I had read that the hole should be the size of a quarter, but found out that WON’T work for this type of yarn. I made my hole approximately the size of two quarters to make it easier to run the yarn through.
In order to hollow out the center simply keep pushing the apple corer down, as you would in an apple. It will be messy so you may want to do this over the trash can. It will also take a few pushes to get it completely cleared out. Styrofoam does not cut as easy as an apple!
Step 2: Thread The Yarn Needle
Your next step will be to string the yarn. To measure it out I looped the yarn around my arm (from thumb, under elbow, then back up to thumb). I did that 8 times, simply because I didn’t want to stop every 2 minutes to cut more string.
Next, fold the string in half. Make sure the two cut ends are even. Then put the looped end through the eye of the yarn needle. Be sure to pull enough through where you can run the two cut ends through the loop. Then pull tight.
Step 3: Turning Styrofoam Pumpkins Into Yarn Pumpkins
Once you have the yarn threaded you can start looping it through the pumpkin!
First take the cut ends and firmly hold them on the inside/top of the the pumpkin, starting at a crease.
Secondly, take the needle up through the bottom of the pumpkin and pull tight. Be sure to pull the yarn tight each time you make a loop. Also, be sure to overlap the loose end of the yarn with a loop so it doesn’t fall out.
Thirdly, work in sections. I found that it was easier to work between two creases. This helped to keep the yarn snug so I wouldn’t leave any gaps.
When you run out of yarn, simply cut the yarn at the end of the needle. Then you will need to glue down the yarn. However, DO NOT glue it on the side of the pumpkin. If your yarn ends in the middle of the pumpkin (refer to the picture above), simply place a dot of glue inside of the hole, then snip off the extra strands.
If you run out of yarn simply repeat steps 2-3 until your pumpkin is completely covered in yarn.
Note: Repeat these steps to make more yarn pumpkins!
Step 4: Add The Stem To The Yarn Pumpkins
Once the pumpkin is covered in yarn you can add a piece of a tree branch as the stem.
Place a good amount (but not too much or it will squish out onto the yarn) of glue either on the bottom of the branch or in the hole. Then add the branch.
Note: A couple of my branches weren’t bent like a stem so I slightly angled them to make them appear bent.
And that is the easiest way I have found how to make yarn pumpkins!
Don’t be afraid to get creative and colorful if that’s your thing. Or you can be like me and stick with the warm hues of Fall! Either way these beautiful yarn pumpkins will match any home decor style!
You May Also Like
For more pumpkin DIY’s check out my Dollar Tree Pumpkin Make-Over post. As well as, my cute Toilet Paper Pumpkins (these will literally take you 5 minutes to make!).
You may also like this super easy and cheap Yarn wreath!
(Secret-it’s so cheap because you use cardboard as the wreath form!)