How to make the absolute simplest fall craft: fabric-covered pumpkins. This is a great way to quickly and easily change up the look of store-bought foam pumpkins without the mess of carving or painting.
Let’s cover these dollar store pumpkins in fabric for a fun fall craft!
Your supplies list is short. You will need:
- a small foam pumpkin (from the dollar store or craft store)
- a square of fabric
- a twig from your yard
- a scrap of twine or faux greenery
DIY Fabric Covered Pumpkins
Just watch this quick video tutorial to make these fun pumpkins:
Here are the two Dollar Store tutorials that I referenced at the end of the video:
Here’s a transcript of the video below:
I recently made two versions of these fabric-covered pumpkins: one for fall and one for Halloween. The process is similar, but I’m going to walk you through the tutorial for both. First up: a drop cloth covered pumpkin.
drop cloth covered pumpkin
Start by removing the flowers and stem on top of the pumpkin. Then use some pointed scissors to cut a hole in the pumpkin top. You will want to cut a fairly large hole in the top, but the size will largely depend on the thickness of your fabric. Since I use thicker drop cloth fabric, I cut a larger hole than I would have if I just used a fat quarter or other quilting fabric.
I always keep burlap and drop cloth scraps on hand, so for this pumpkin I grabbed some scrap drop cloth. I cut a square of fabric, then started to tuck it into the hole in the top of the foam pumpkin. Make sure that the folds of the fabric lay nicely and are evenly spaced around the pumpkin. I replaced the dollar store stem and flowers with a twig from my yard and a spare sprig from Hobby Lobby a few years back. I always keep a tub of basic faux greenery on hand, that I buy on end of season clearance, for projects like these.
Wasn’t that easy? Now let’s make one for Halloween.
spider web Halloween pumpkin
I made a webbed black and white pumpkin for Halloween.
Remove the stem and any toppers. Then use a PenBlade or scissors to cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin.
I grabbed some creepy cloth netting from the dollar store. I doubled it up, and cut a square large enough to cover the foam pumpkin.
I realized pretty quickly that I hadn’t cut a large enough hole in the top of my pumpkin, so I went ahead and made it bigger.
Then I wrapped the pumpkin in the netting, trimming the edges a bit before I stuffed them into the top of the pumpkin. Then I just replaced the stem with a piece of a twig, wrapping the twig with a bit of twine.
There you have it – two foam pumpkins with a brand new look. These fit right in with my other fall and Halloween dollar store crafts. I’ll link to those tutorials below:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Until next time, happy making!
More Fall Dollar Store Crafts: