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DIY Velvet Pumpkins

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DIY velvet pumpkins are easy to make. Our simple how to step-by-step tutorial makes creating this autumn craft a breeze. Learn to make your very own DIY velvet pumpkins this season!

DIY Velvet Pumpkins

This fun fall decor project is this month’s thrift store makeover (so make sure to check out the rest of the team’s projects below).

Velvet Pumpkin Thrift Store project

Velvet pumpkins are a trendy and elegant decoration that can add a touch of sophistication to your home during the fall season. While they can be pricey in stores, creating your own DIY velvet pumpkins using Dollar Tree Styrofoam pumpkins is a budget-friendly and fun crafting project. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to make velvet pumpkins with just a few supplies and a little creativity.

What You’ll Need

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Steps to Create DIY Velvet Pumpkins:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Assemble all the necessary supplies. Ensure you have enough fabric for covering the styrofoam pumpkins and have your hot glue gun plugged in and ready to use.

velvet curtain and pumpkins

Step 2: Cut Out Styrofoam Stem

Use your knife to cut round the stem in the center of the pumpkin.

cutting off stem

Step 3: Cut the Fabric

Lay out your velvet fabric and cut it into squares large enough to cover each styrofoam pumpkin completely. A good guideline is to have a fabric square that is about 1.5 to 2 times the width of your pumpkin. Using the Dollar Tree pumpkins I cut my velvet fabric into the size of 18″x 18″.

cut up velvet fabric

Step 3: Wrap the Fabric

Place the styrofoam pumpkin in the center of the fabric square. Pull the fabric up and stretch velvet around the pumpkin, gathering it at the top. I started with a corner, and trimmed the edge off the corner and pressed it in to the center. Then I just went around in a circle pulling up the fabric and pressing it into the center. I didn’t use the hot glue because the fabric fit in perfectly snug, but if you want to here’s how. Use your hot glue gun, and squeeze the hot glue into the hole where the stem use to be. Press the gathered fabric into the hole to secure the fabric in place at the top of the pumpkin.

Press fabric in pumpkin

Step 4: Add a Stem

Mine fabric was pretty snug so I just pressed the driftwood stick into the center and it held beautifully. If you want add hot glue to the end of the stem you will be inserting into the pumpkin opening. Push the stem into the opening and hold for 10 seconds to allow the glue to dry. You can get creative by finding a twig, or a yummy smelling cinnamon stick.

adding the pumpkin stem

Tips and Tricks:

  • Mix and Match Colors: Experiment with different colors and textures of velvet fabric to create a diverse collection of pumpkins that complement each other.
  • Personalize with Embellishments: Consider adding decorative elements like leaves or tendrils to your pumpkin.
  • Group Them Together: Display your DIY velvet pumpkins in a decorative bowl, on a mantel, or as a centerpiece on your dining table to showcase your handcrafted fall decor.
Make your own velvet pumpkins

Creating DIY velvet pumpkins with Dollar Tree styrofoam pumpkins is a fantastic way to add a touch of elegance to your fall decor without breaking the bank. Get creative as you make these beautiful and luxurious-looking pumpkins that will surely impress your guests and brighten up your home during the autumn season.

Crafting velvet pumpkins

October Thrift Store Team Makeovers


  1. Great idea, Maryann. I have coveted velvet pumpkins for several years but found them always too pricey. Now, I can have some at a reasonable cost! Thanks for sharing your project. I am subscribing to your blog so I can see more of your ideas.

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