Are you looking for a quick and easy Fall DIY project you can make in under 30 minutes? let me show you how to make a pumpkin garland!
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Welcome to Cottage on Bunker Hill! I’m Jennifer and live on the opposite side of the country in New England. We LOVE all things Fall here because it’s just amazing to live here during foliage season!
The trees in my yard just started changing this week!!
Making A Pumpkin Garland
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- Wood Pumpkin Ornaments (Dollar Tree)
- Jute Twine (6 feet)
- Wood Beads
- 3 Assorted Rolls of Ribbon
- Raffia (Dollar Tree)
This pumpkin garland is really easy to make…even for my non-crafty friends!! There aren’t very many supplies either!
I ended up scrapping the idea of using the burlap ribbon and went with raffia instead.
You will need a pack of wood jack o lantern ornaments or other Fall shapes. My ornaments are from Dollar Tree but most craft stores sell similar items.
To make this pumpkin garland I also used 3 coordinating rolls of ribbon, I picked my Fall ribbons up on clearance last year at Michael’s but they have similar ribbons this year.
I then cut a 6-foot length of jute twine to make the garland on.
The other supply I used was 48 16 mm-sized wooden beads. The beads come unfinished and would work great for this garland as is.
I had the beads left over from another project where I dyed them with RIT fabric dye.
It’s one of my favorite DIY tricks, mainly because I don’t like working with stains. All I do is mix a little RIT dark brown dye in a container of hot water and give the beads a bath for a few minutes (the longer they stay in the darker they will get).
Painting The Pumpkins
The first thing I did was to paint all the pumpkins in a terra cotta shade of paint. Feel free to personalize your garland with whatever color pumpkin works with the ribbons you are using!
Completely up to you, but I wanted to add a little more detail to my pumpkins and added a bit of antique copper paint around the edges and in the face spaces (because I just can’t leave well enough alone!!)
Cutting the Ribbons
For this pumpkin garland, you will need 9 1-foot pieces of each color ribbon.
The ribbon that I am using is 2 1/2 inches wide so I cut it right down the middle.
So I only needed 5 of the 1 ft pieces of each color (and had a couple of extras) because I was cutting it in half. Make sense?
1-inch ribbon will totally work for this project too, I just like to use what I already have in my ribbon supply.
Putting the Garland Together
Starting in the center of the length of jute twine I tied on the first pumpkin ornament. Just use a small piece of twine to attach it to the garland.
Then I added 3 wood beads to each side of the pumpkin. To make life easier, wrap a tiny piece of Scotch tape at each end of the jute twine to cover the frayed ends. That way the beads will slide on.
Next up was tying on the ribbons. On each side of the beads, I tied the 3 assorted ribbons.
To tie the ribbons onto the jute twine I folded the ribbons in half over the twine and pulled the tails through the loop and then tightened it to the twine.
I did go back in and I added pieces of raffia to each end of the ribbon bunches. It gives the garland a more rustic Fallish feel.
Then you just keep repeating the steps down each side of the jute twine ending with ribbons on each end.
Finish by tying a knot in the jute twine on each end.
Finished Pumpkin Garland
It’s ready to hang out on my front porch! I strung it across the potting bench that I have decorated for Fall.
Now I’d love for you to go see what my girl Amy over at Amy Sadler Designs made! So go check out how she made a glass pumpkin out of a round vase.
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here are a few fun facts…
- I’ve lived in New England my entire life! This is good because the beach is my favorite place to be…even in the winter I love to go breathe in the salt air.
- I am an EARLY BIRD!!! I rarely sleep past 4…it’s my favorite time of day and those wee hours are my most productive. (plus, I LOVE coffee!!)
- I am a total Hallmark Christmas movie nut!! Seriously, I know, I know, they are a little sappy but they make me happy!