Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkin

knitted-pumpkinDesigner: Sarah Zimmerman

A miniature pumpkin gets its texture from yarn and burlap for a beautiful fall place setting.


  • 3″-diameter foam ball
  • Serrated knife
  • Chunky yarn: orange (such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Pumpkin)
  • 34×1″ cork bottle stopper
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap
  • Textured cardstock: moss green
  • Fine-tip marking pen: black
  • Leaf pattern (download it here)

Assemble the Pumpkin:

1. Use a serrated knife to cut a thin slice off the edge of the foam ball. The flat edge will be the pumpkin bottom.

2. Use a crafts knife or the closed, pointed end of a pair of scissors to hollow out a hole in the top of the ball to fit the narrow end of a cork bottle stopper. Hot-glue a cork bottle stopper into the hole for the stem.

3. Glue the yarn end at the base of the cork. Wrap the yarn around the cork horizontally in a spiral, gluing as you work. Continue to glue and wrap the yarn until the entire ball is covered.

4. Trace leaf pattern onto white paper; cut out. Cut leaf from textured cardstock. Glue cardstock leaf to burlap; trim, leaving 18” burlap border around leaf. Write a name on the leaf using a fine-tip marking pen. Glue leaf to pumpkin top.


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