I was hoping to have some cute little pumpkins from our pumpkin vine to decorate with this year, but due to my “black thumb” and the current drought the vine didn’t make any pumpkins (it is barely holding on right now). So I decided we would make some pumpkins for our table this fall! We came up with Yarn Pumpkins!
To make our yarn pumpkins we started with various sized balloons, orange yarn, glue (we used a combination of Elmer’s, water, and some flour to thicken it), and pipe cleaners.
Cut the yarn into long pieces. For younger kids you may have to use slightly shorter pieces, but I would use pieces as long as can be handled. Dip the yarn in the glue and then remove excess.
Then wrap the yarn around the balloon securing the ends under pieces of yarn.
I wrapped mine similar to the grooves in real pumpkins. You don’t want them to be too perfect or they won’t have any flat area to sit on!
I had to do a few to create a base for the girls because they couldn’t seem to get any yarn to stick. Once they had a start they could create any pattern they wanted.
Then we hung our pumpkins outside to dry (it is still quit warm here).
I was surprised when I went out a couple hours to find all our balloons had shrunk away from our yarn! If they hadn’t done this we would have gently pushed the balloons away from the yarn to loosen it prior to popping.
Once dry, remove the balloon and any excess glue (if you did this with a young child you may have quite a bit).
Finally you can add pipe cleaner stems and vines. I used a brown pipe cleaner looped around and secured inside the pumpkin. Then we twisted it to get the stem. We added a green pipe cleaner for the vine; just use your finger to get it to curl.
And you have a pumpkin. They may not be perfect pumpkins, but you rarely find perfect pumpkins in nature either. The girls were pretty happy with them!
Now we have 4 pumpkins on our table just waiting for fall!