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DIY Yarn Pumpkins – The Perfect Craft for Movie Night

These easy diy yarn pumpkins are a fun and creative fall craft! Gather your friends, family, your kid’s scout troop, or whomever! Get the supplies, put on a Hallmark fall movie and settle in for some fun and end up with some adorable chunky yarn pumpkins!

close up photo of yarn wrapped pumpkins in browns and shades of orange and browns with little stems made from twigs with a title in orange over the picture that says diy yarn pumpkins

Yarn Pumpkin Supplies:

Kraft paper with a pair of purple handled scissors on it, a blue handled screwdriver, a pair of wire cutters with red handles and three flexible wool needles

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Step 1: Selecting the Pumpkins for this Project.

I have a bunch of foam craft pumpkins left from last year that I am going to use for these diy yarn pumpkins. They are a variety of sizes, but all of them are smaller than five inches across.

13 miscellaneous small orange craft pumpkins arranged on kraft paper

If you are looking for dollar store pumpkins to use for this craft, these are the ones you are going to find at Dollar Tree this year. Do shop around. Sometimes a bag of assorted pumpkins can be less expensive than buying individual ones at $1 each. If you use these, you will simply pull off the decoration off the top of them.

a faux orange speckled craft pumpkin with a yellow faux mum on top of it with a faux maple leaf and a tiny faux gourd on it against a wicker basket on a wooden tabletop

Step 2: Prepare Pumpkins to be Wrapped with Yarn

It is simple to pull the stems out of these pumpkins. If you have trouble, you can use a pair of wire cutters to lift it out. You can then dispose of the stem.

one dark orange speckled faux mini craft pumpkin with the stem partially removed

After removing the stem from your pumpkin, use the screwdriver to poke a hole through the pumpkin, first through the top and then through the bottom.

Sometimes when you poke the hole the coating on the pumpkin loosens. You can peel off the coating if you would like, but it is not necessary. Also, sometimes there is a small piece of wood in the bottom or the top of the pumpkin. The little piece of wood will usually come off with the coating.

I peeled all of the coating off of the pumpkin below. Use the screwdriver to make the hole as large as you can. You want the hole to be large enough to almost accommodate the handle of screwdriver. This will be handy later.

After you have a hole from the screwdriver, take a pair of scissors and push it into the hole and twist it around to make the hole larger. You will want the hole to be as large as the part of the scissors where the two handles come together OR, again, large enough for a normal screwdriver handle to ALMOST fit through the hole.

I recommend doing this over a trash can like I have done here so most of the loose styrofoam falls down into the trash.

This is when that canned air comes in VERY handy! It is difficult to get rid of all of those little styrofoam scraps. The canned air will clean them off of your hands, your work surface, your scissors, screwdriver and your little pumpkin so it is ready or you to work on!

Step 3: How to Wrap the Pumpkins with Yarn

Select a yarn you want to use with your pumpkin. You can use most any kind of yarn, I will show you a variety of them at the end of this post, but the concept for covering your pumpkins will be the same. I used a variety of yarns for my basket of yarn pumpkins. For this demonstration one, I selected blue and rust twisted yarn that is a medium thickness.

Measure out about 10 yards of yard and double it over lining up the two ends together.

Thread the looped end of the yarn through the eye of the flexible wool needle as shown above.

With the yarn through the needle’s eye, pull the loop of yarn through the hole in the middle of the pumpkin. You can likely find everything you need to make these cute and cozy little pumpkins locally, EXCEPT for those needles. If you want to get to work making a pumpkin patch full of these, make sure you order your needles TODAY! They are selling out quickly this time of year!

Remove the needle from the loop of yarn and put it on the other end of the yarn where the two loose ends are.

small white styrofoam pumpkin with a hole in the center with blue and rust color yarn coming out of the hole and stringing acros a white background.  black circle identifying  a wool needle on the string

Pull the loose ends through the loop that you pulled through the pumpkin.

small white styrofoam pumpkin with a hole in the center with blue and rust color yarn coming out of the hole and stringing acros a white background.  black circles identifying a knot and a wool needle on the string

Continue to pull the loop as tight as possible.

small white styrofoam pumpkin with some blue and rust yarn coming out of  a hole in the middle of the pumpkin and tied in a loose knot over the top of the pumpkin

Pull the loop totally tight and down inside the hole in the center of your pumpkin. Pull the yarn tight. As you continue to wrap the pumpkin with the yarn you will want to keep the yarn pulled taut.

fingers holding blue yarn coming up out of the middle of a white styrofoam pumpkin with a couple of strands of blue yarn wrapped around the pumpkin

With the yarn threaded on your needle you are ready to start wrapping your pumpkin now.

fingers holding a wool needle with double strands of blue yarn threaded through it and a white styrofoam pumpkin with a couple of strands of the blue yarn wrapped around it

Take the threaded needle and feed it down through the hole, pulling all of the yarn through and pulling it all as tight as you can.

fingers holding a wool needle sticking it into a hole in the middle of a tiny white styrofoam pumpkin that has  couple of strands of blue and rust yarn wrapped around it

You will have your first wraps of yarn on your little pumpkin! Continue wrapping with the same motion down and through your pumpkin pulling tightly on the yarn each time.

fingers holding a tiny styrofoam pumpkin wrapped with a few strands of blue and rust yarn

You may have times when the yarn wants to find its way into the crevices or seams of the pumpkins like this one. Don’t fight it, just let the yarn settle in there and then go back and fill the space in between afterwards. It will all get covered.

a white styrofoam pumpkin with a few strands of blue and rust yarn wrapped around it

If you find you need to take a break while you are working on a pumpkin, this is where that screwdriver comes in very handy. Just wedge the screwdriver down into the hole against the yarn and it will hold the yarn securely in place so it won’t loosen until you are ready to come back and complete your project!

a styrofoam pumpkin partially wrapped with blue and rust yarn with a blue handled screwdriver stuck into the pumpkin held by a hand

When you think you are finished with your pumpkin, make sure you give it a good look all the way around and add another layer of yarn anyplace you think you may need a little more to cover the styrofoam. Finish it off by threading the yarn down beneath the layers of yarn in the middle of the hole in your pumpkin.

When you get to the end of a length of yarn, simply thread it down through the yarn inside the hole on in your pumpkin with the needle. Pull the ends on out of the hole and cut them off. If your yarn is not enough to cover the entire pumpkin, you will start a new piece of yarn. Just begin the same way you began the first, with the loop.

Pull the needle and the rest of the of the yarn through the pumpkin.

Cut of the last of the little tails of yarn close as you can to the pumpkin without cutting the yarn that wraps the pumpkin.

Your yarn wrapped pumpkin is complete! All it needs is a stem!

Step 4: Add a Stem to Your Pumpkin

Your pumpkin is looking pretty darn cute at this point!

kraft paper with a tiny faux pumpkin wrapped with blue and rust yarn and a piece of twig cut to be a stem laying next to it

The final step is to give it a little stem! Collect some twigs or broken branches and cut then into the proper length and just tuck them down inside the hole.

tiny blue and rust yarn wrapped faux pumpkin with a twig stem

The stem should fit securely and should not need any adhesive of any kind to make it stay in your pumpkin.

Step 5: Display Your Pumpkins

I have chosen a wicker basket to display my pumpkins for now, but I am sure they are going to find their way onto a tablescape before fall is behind us! Wouldn’t these make lovely little place cards for guests on a Thanksgiving table?

close up of some mini yarn wrapped faux pumpkins in fall colors with twig stems

As I begin to bring out my fall decorations, these are sitting on my coffee table adding some nice fall color to the room!

basket of yarn wrapped tiny faux pumpkins on a wooden tabletop with a couple of autumn magazines next to it

Will you try and make these cute little pumpkins? Where will you display yours?

Here is the Hallmark Fall Harvest Movie schedule, just in case you want to plan that crafting and movie night in! Make it a fun evening with this fun project!

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  1. These are super cute! Thank you for the fantastic tutorial! I’m going to whip some of these up!

  2. Chloe, these are super cute. I have lots of leftover yard and this would be the perfect way to use it. You are SO clever!!!! Thanks for sharing such a detailed tutorial.

  3. What a fabulous tutorial Chloe. I’ve never seen the pumpkins made this way. Love them!
    Thank you for sharing your DIY yarn pumpkins at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this project at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

  4. Chloe, these are adorable pumpkins and I’m featuring them at the FWF link party!

  5. Your instructions are so incredibly clear and illustrative, Chloe! Thank you for sharing this. I would possibly try these, knowing that canned air can get rid of those styrofoam balls. I hate those! Looking forward to fall tablescapes next week (you’re joining, right?) Happy September!

    1. Oh yes, I am joining! Looking forward to it! Thanks Rita! Yes, canned air is the best at getting so many things cleaned up!

  6. Love the yarn pumpkins and so impressed with your step by step tutorial Chloe! I’m excited to share your post this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Hope to see you there!

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