Are you looking for foam pumpkin craft ideas? Looking for creative ideas for dollar tree foam pumpkins? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you how to make a yarn pumpkin today along with some other really cool ideas for how to use dollar tree foam pumpkins.
I love this craft because it is really easy and you probably have everything you need in your craft stash already. Like many of you I saw that huge pile of foam pumpkins at the dollar tree and wondered how I could make them better.
I have tons of ideas for these cute foam pumpkins but today I’ll just be sharing one- the sweater pumpkins DIY. It’s super easy and don’t worry you won’t have to cut up any sweater or do any sewing. Just yarn, paint and a hot glue gun brings this fun foam pumpkin idea together. Let’s see how the final product turned out!
You can get get really creative with the colors you use…if you don’t like orange you can go with pink, gray, white or even purple yarn! The colors are totally flexible and you can make this to fit your personal fall or Halloween style! You can make several and fill up a basket or decorate your mantle.
DIY Yarn Sweater Pumpkin Supplies
Transform a Dollar Store neon orange foam pumpkin into a warm and cozy Faux Sweater Pumpkin with some simple supplies. This quick and easy craft goes together in just about an hour.
- Foam Pumpkin (Dollar Tree)
- Chunky Yarn
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Natural Jute Twine (Dollar Tree)
- Fall Silk Leaf Stem (Dollar Tree)
- Wine Cork or 1 in Thick Tree Branch Stem
- Sharp Kitchen Knife
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Paintbrush (Dollar Tree)
Sweater Pumpkins DIY Step by Step
STEP 1: Carve a Hole & Paint the Pumpkin
Gather all of the material for your sweater pumpkin. Carve a 2” hole in the top of the foam pumpkin with sharp kitchen knife. The pumpkin will most likely be hallow inside which makes this craft easier.
With the paint that closely matches the color of your yarn, paint the entire foam pumpkin. You may need to apply a second coat if it looks thin. This is just in case a small area is exposed or seen through the yarn…we don’t want it to be that bright orange color. We want it to match the pretty yarn!
STEP 2: Measure and Cut Yarn to Length
Measure and cut 72 lengths of chunky yarn to 26” long with a sharp pair of scissors. This will create twelve bundles that contain six strands each.
Using sisal twine, tie the top of the six strands of chunky yarn into a bundle. Secure the sisal twine with a double knot and trim away any long ends with your scissors.
STEP 3: Make Braids with the Yarn
Separate the six chunky yarn strands into three pairs that contain two strands each. Loosely braid the chunky yarn. Secure the bottom of the braid with more sisal twine and a double knot. Repeat this process eleven more times, creating a total of twelve braids.
STEP 4: Glue Braids to Pumpkin
Using a hot glue gun and glue sticks, secure the center of the first braid across the bottom of the pumpkin. Hold the braid down with the tip of your scissors until the hot glue has fully cooled. This will keep you from burning your fingertips. Creating a cross pattern, attach the second braid to the bottom of the pumpkin with your hot glue.
Once the glue has fully cooled, turn the pumpkin over and insert the tail ends of your braids into the carved hole at the top of your pumpkin.
For the remaining ten braids, you will fold them in half and hot glue them to the bottom of the pumpkin (slowly filling in the bare areas). Be sure to press the yarn firmly into the hot glue with the tip of your scissors to create a good adhesion to the bottom of the pumpkin. When you have all the braids aligned and just where you want them you can add hot glue underneath the braids going into the top of the pumpkin to secure them.
STEP 5: Add Wine Cork & Faux Leaf
Grab a wine cork from your pandemic stash. Stick the wine cork in the hole at the top of the pumpkin and secure with hot glue. Tuck a faux leaf in the hole as well and secure with hot glue. Want some more ideas for dollar tree foam pumpkins? Check out what some other crafty people have done with theirs below!
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Foam Pumpkin Craft Ideas: DIY Yarn Pumpkins
Here is another way that you could improve a boring foam pumpkin with yarn! Instead of making braids you could carve a hole in the top and bottom of your foam pumpkin and wrap a single strand of yarn around the outside (instead of the braids we used). I love the colors they used…they look perfect for decor you can use from early fall to Halloween to even Thanksgiving.
Foam Pumpkin Craft Ideas: Modge Podge Fabric Pumpkins
You can also use modge podge and fabric scraps to make a fabric covered foam pumpkin. What’s nice about this foam pumpkin craft idea is that you can make a pumpkin to suit literally any decor!
Foam Pumpkin Craft Ideas: Image Transfer Pumpkins
Did you know that you can transfer just about any image to a foam pumpkin? The only limitations are your imagination. What would you make using this step by step tutorial?
Foam Pumpkin Craft Ideas: Painted Pumpkins
I really love this foam pumpkin idea! They painted foam pumpkins to look like heirloom pumpkins. How impressive! It’s not as complicated as it looks so be sure to check out the full tutorial!
Foam Pumpkin Craft Ideas: Paper Napkin Decoupage
If by some reason you haven’t been on the internet over the past year…you might have missed the paper napkin modge podge craze. People were decoupaging fancy paper napkins to ANYTHING that wasn’t moving (including foam pumpkins). This one is a work of art! Those pretty sunflowers are really amazing on a boring dollar tree foam pumpkin!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this EASY sweater pumpkin DIY and all the other foam pumpkin craft ideas we showed you! If you love fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving craft ideas you should check out some of our other articles below: