I love decorating for the holidays, but truth be told, filling my house with store-bought decor makes me feel so non-creative! Have you ever browsed Pinterest on a lazy Sunday morning and realized that all of those great fall decorating ideas were HOMEMADE? What? Talk about giving me an inferiority complex! As much as I would love to spend my weekend hours sewing and glue-gunning the day away to make shabby chic crafts for the home, it’s just not happening. However, this super easy DIY Fabric Pumpkin Garland made by my friend, Kathleen? Yeah, that’s more my speed!
This DIY Fabric Pumpkin Garland is quick and easy but still has that rustic, homey feel. I think they’re so cute!
DIY Fabric Pumpkin Garland Tutorial
Twine or Jute rope
Fabric in your choice of color(s)
Brown paper bags
Smaller jute twine or string
Ribbons or other embellishments (optional)
Step 1: Break each cinnamon stick into 3-4 pieces. This can be done by scoring the stick with scissors and then breaking it by hand.
Step 2: Crumple up a small piece of brown paper back into a flattened circle shape. You want it to ultimately look like a pumpkin, but you will have a chance to do additional shaping later, so don’t stress over it.
Step 3: Cut a square of fabric to fit around the ball of paper bag. Place the crumpled piece of paper bag in the center.
Step 4: Place a piece of cinnamon stick on top of the paper ball, and then gather the fabric up around the paper ball at the base of the cinnamon stick. Secure closed with a thin piece of jute twine or string. Leave a 2-3 inch piece of the twine hanging off of one side, and cut the other side of the string off.
Step 5: Continue steps 1-4 until you have your desired number of fabric pumpkins completed. This is going to depend on how long you want your garland to be, and how far apart you would like your fabric pumpkins spaced.
Step 6: Begin tying your fabric pumpkins to the thicker piece of jute rope at set intervals with the loose piece of twine or string that you left on them. Just tie a double knot. This will make them secure, but will also allow you to slide them across the rope if you need to reposition them when you are done. You can reshape the pumpkins if needed at this time too.
Step 7: Add embellishments if you like, and hang your garland or display as decoration on a shelf amongst other Fall décor.