10 Minute DIY Velvet Pumpkins Tutorial

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DIY velvet pumpkin tutorial

DIY Velvet Pumpkins Tutorial

I personally feel that Fall can be one of the most “crafty” seasons of the whole year. So if you are looking for a projects to get crafty AND decorate your home this week, I have the perfect one for you – 10 minute DIY Velvet Pumpkins!

I have been wanting to make these for a long time and searched other tutorials online but couldn’t find one with the exact simplistic approach I wanted. Making a velvet pumpkin, for me, meant that I wouldn’t need to pick up a needle at all, and if it weren’t for the pumpkin stem, you wouldn’t even need glue for this tutorial! In other words, these are the easiest fabric pumpkins ever and they look like you picked them up a Pottery Barn (but for half the cost!).


Here are the supplies you will need:


Step 1

To start making your DIY velvet pumpkins you will need to prep the pumpkin for adding the fabric. Begin cutting the stem away from the pumpkin.

When removing the stem make sure to try cut as close to the base as possible for a clean look. Also be sure to hold the stem so it doesn’t fall into the hallow pumpkin and get stuck. True story guys! 🙂

Unless you decide to buy dried pumpkin stems make sure to save the paper mache stem. We are going to use it!

Step 2

Next you will cut out a large square of the velvet stretch fabric to cover the pumpkin. The amount of fabric you will need will vary based on your pumpkin’s size. Before cutting place the pumpkin onto your fabric and check to make sure you are being generous enough to cover the pumpkin. Hint: go for more not less. 

Once you have cut out your square of fabric, lay it out and place the pumpkin back into the center.

Step 3

Starting with one corner of the fabric and begin stuffing the velvet into the paper mache pumpkin.

Continue this until all the fabric has been stuffed into the center. Your fabric should be tight enough that you are seeing the contour of your pumpkin coming through. I use the back end of my xacto knife to pull it nice and tight into the center.

Your pumpkin should resemble mine above. Keep reading to learn how I add my stem!

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DIY Velvet Pumpkin Stem

Using your stem you saved from step 1, paint a generous amount of mod podge on, covering it well.

To finish the stem you will sprinkle your glitter over the mod podge till covered. I recommend using extra fine glitter here because it really holds to the mod podge better then regular or chunky glitter.

Once you have let your stem dry for a few minutes then glue it down with hot glue! See how I do it in my full video tutorial below!

Don’t you just love how simple this was??! It took me an hour for all these pumpkins you see here and less then $40 in cost, plus I have enough material left over for more pumpkins and projects! If you want to add some stem variation you can also buy those fall pick pumpkins you see in arrangements at your craft store or even the Dollar Store and pull off the stems to use on your smaller DIY velvet pumpkins.

I decided to display mine on a large metal tray on my dining table. How would you use yours? Tell me below!

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  1. I love velvet pumpkins, but never splurged on buying one for myself. I am definitely going to make these! Tomorrow! I will probably place them on my mantle. Thank you so much for these directions!

  2. I used your “process” but I wanted to try to make them cheaper than buying paper mache pumpkins. I bought the cheapest pumpkins (Dollar Tree) and started. I took off the stem and then made the opening just a bit bigger. Then I followed your instructions. I “dry painted” the original plastic stems with brown matte acrylic paint and then “highlighted” them with a cream acrylic paint. They actually looked pretty good. When the stems were dry I hot glued them back on top. They are absolutely gorgeous. The only “problem” is that they are a bit messy. When you cut into that styrofoam you’ll have little pieces of styrofoam everywhere. Thanks for the idea!!

  3. Do you ever have a problem with the fabric coming out of the middle since you don’t glue the fabric to the pumpkin?

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