If you saw my Rustic Industrial Porch earlier this week you might have noticed my cute DIY Industrial Metal Pumpkins. Well, today I’m spilling the beans on how to make these cuties!
I love the look of these rustic pumpkins, they are perfect for the outdoors… a little rust will make them even cuter by your front door! These pumpkins are the perfect fall decor craft project.
How cute is this little metal pumpkin? Ok here’s what you need to make these cute pumpkins!
Industrial Metal Pumpkin Supplies
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- Perforated Metal Hanger Straps you can find it here too
- Compression Springs multi pack you can find it here too
- Screws and Nuts
- Hobby Wire or grab it here
- Wire Cutters or Tin Snip
How to Make Metal Pumpkins
Decide how many pumpkins you want and the sizes you want to make them. The metal strips you are cutting will be shaped into a circle, using multiple circles to make each pumpkin. The largest pumpkin we made was with 4-foot metal strips. Then we made two 3 feet and two 2 foot pumpkins also. Once you pick the sizes you want to measure and cut your strips with either metal cutters or tin snips. I’d recommend using gloves as the edges of the metal strip can be sharp.
Tip: for the large 4-foot strip pumpkin we used 5 strips for that size pumpkin, the other sizes we used 4 strips.
Gather your strips for 1 pumpkin. Grab one of the screws and finding the center of one of the strips, place one of the holes in that center area through the screw. (Bottom of screw on the ground with the thread sticking up for you to place the strips on top of it.)
Continue to add your strips, placing a center hole through the screw. Spread out the strips evenly as pictured above.
Once you have your strips evenly spaced, place the nut on the screw and tighten. Don’t overtighten as you may need to adjust it later.
Now it’s time to gather the ends to the top. Start with the first strip you added to the screw. Bring the 2 ends together and place a screw through the top down through a hole on the ends of each of that strip. Now repeat with the 2nd to last strip. Continue until all the strips are through the screw. Now make sure you have your strips spaced how you want them and add your nut and tighten. You may need to loosen the bottom screw if you can’t get the look you want. Once you’re happy with the placement tighten the top and bottom screw well.
Fun time! I attached a spring to the tops of each of the pumpkin to create the look of a pumpkin stem. As you can see from the photo above I placed the end of the spring through one of the holes. Remember to wear gloves and I found a flat head screwdriver helped to lift the metal strips to get the ends in.
I took a circular metal piece I had and twisted the hobby wire around it to create the metal twines. The twist creates that cute pumpkin vines tendril. Anything round would work – broom handle, wooden dowel, etc. Stretch them out if you need to, to get the look you want then add those to your pumpkins. I did a variety… some pumpkins just had one others two… mix it up.
Then you get to have the fun of decorating with them! I think they are perfect for outdoors during September, October, Halloween and even Thanksgiving!
Such pumpkin cuteness!!! I hope you have a chance to make these Industrial Metal Pumpkins too!