DIY Braided Dollar Tree Pumpkins

Hello friends!


I am in the full-on fall decorating zone now, you guys. The leaves are falling and the air is crisp. I love this time of the year, it's always been my most favourite time to cozy up and get my craft on!


I made these absolutely adorable braided pumpkins with just some supplies from the dollar store (where else??). Today I want to show you how I made these with just a few easy steps and some supplies you probably already have at home...so let's get started!


DIY Braided Pumpkins in Grey, Orange and White | Fall Decor

DIY Braided Pumpkin in Orange | Fall Decor






What You Need:


  • Dollar Tree Styrofoam pumpkins

  • Thick yarn in the colour of your choosing. I chose this brand which I found at Dollarama

  • Knife

  • Scissors

  • Craft paint in a colour similar to your yard (optional)

  • Wine corks

  • Faux greenery stems


Step 1:


Start with your dollar tree pumpkin and remove the stem simply by pulling it out. Turn your pumpkin upside down and carve a hole into the styrofoam about 1.5 - 2 inches wide.



Orange Styrofoam Pumpkin | DIY Braided Pumpkins | Fall Decor



Step 2:


This part is optional but can make things look much nicer in the end. With some craft paint, you can paint your Styrofoam pumpkin in a colour similar to your yarn so that you can be less worried about any of the original bright orange colour peeking through the braids. In this post, I chose not to do it, but I did paint a few others I did afterwards.


Step 3:


Take your yarn and cut 9 equal pieces at 26" long. Next, tie off one end of all of the gathered yarn and then simply start braiding it into 3 sections of 3 pieces each. After I finished braiding, I tied it off at the end with another piece of yarn. I used 1 1/4 packages of yarn to make enough braids to cover my entire pumpkin.


Dark Orange Yarn | DIY Braided Pumpkins | Fall Decor





Step 4:


Tuck one end of the yarn in to the hole and wrap your braid all the way around your pumpkin. Now take the other end of the braid and also tuck it in to the hole. Do this with all of your sections of braids you have pre-made until you have fully covered your pumpkin. I tucked my braids underneath the previous braids every time I added in a new one.



Step 5:


Now that your pumpkin is all covered in braids, all you need to do is finish it off with a stem and add some greenery by poking them into the hole. They will both fit snug with all the braid ends tucked in there.



...and that's it!! Isn't it a cutie!? I just love being able to take a simple $1 pumpkin that starts off being quite boring and ugly and with some simple pretty yarn, turn it into a textural and charming pumpkin to add to your fall decor!


Since making this rust-coloured one I have made a few more in different colours and I think I will continue making some for cute gifts as well. Also, look for smaller-sized styrofoam pumpkins in dollar stores as well. I made some mini versions and they look so cute layered with the larger ones.

DIY Braided Pumpkins | Fall Decor
This grey one is probably my most favourite.


Three DIY Braided Pumpkins Layered in Bookshelf | Fall Decor
I love tucking them in with the sweater pumpkins that I made last year!

Three DIY Braided Pumpkins Layered in Bookshelf | Fall Decor

Three DIY Braided Pumpkins Layered in Bookshelf | Fall Decor

I hope this simple blog tutorial helps inspire you to get creative with some fall decor. Not all decor needs to be purchased brand new. I did see some braided pumpkins at Home Sense but wasn't willing to pay what they were asking for them.


I knew they could be something fun I could make at home myself. So run to the Dollar Tree and get your Styrofoam pumpkins now before the season is over!! Oh and be sure to share with me your creations on my Instagram, I love seeing your versions as well, as you guys inspire me so much too!


Have a wonderful day :)


Dale Marie



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