How to Make Velvet Pumpkins for Less than $2 (Easy DIY & looks Beautiful)

8 tips to beautifully decorate your home for fall / pumpkins / fall home tour

Sharing all my Tips & Tricks for How to Make Velvet Pumpkins with Real Pumpkin Stems for less than $2 each in just 15 minutes to decorate for Fall!

After seeing lots of velvet pumpkins everywhere on Pinterest, I decided I need to have some for my house.

However, they were so expensive to buy… Some velvet pumpkin sets were over $150! So… I was determined to make some of my own for cheap!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins for Less than $2 Each

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Learn how to make velvet pumpkins for less than $2 each and in only 15 minutes that look beautiful for fall decorating! #diy #velvetpumpkins #fallcrafts #falldiy https://lehmanlane.net

Supplies & Tools Needed to Make Velvet Pumpkins

  • Velvet Fabric – (any kind you like) large enough to trace a plate size circle.  I found some beautiful velvet fabric on Amazon, 100% SILK VELVET SOLID FABRIC 45″W CLOTHING,DRAPERY,DRESSES 30 COLOR BY THE YARD (CORAL/ORANGE)
  • Bag of beans – I used blacked eyed peas because they were on sale but any beans would work
  • Thread that matches the pumpkins ( I used embroidery thread because its thick and strong but you can double up any thread)
  • Real Pumpkin Stem ( I cut the stems off of the tops of my kids pumpkins…shh don’t tell them yet they haven’t figured it out yet:)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Plate (the bigger the plate… the bigger the pumpkin)
  • Glue gun & glue sticks (I used about a 1/3 of a stick for every pumpkin)

Ideas for Where to Find Cheap Fabric for Beautiful Velvet Pumpkins

Inexpensive Fabric Online – I ordered a couple 1/2 yards of velvet in lots of colors from Fabric.com.  I order both stretch velvet & antique velvet.  Nothing was more than $5 a 1/2 yard.  Each 1/2 yard makes about 10 pumpkins 3″-4″ pumpkins.  

Thrift Stores – hit up some thrift stores for some cheap old velvet Christmas dresses.  What a great way to recycle a dress no one would wear except to one of those ugly outfit Christmas parties. 

Cost to Make Gorgeous Velvet Pumpkins

Doing simple math I figure it cost me about $1.50 to make each pumpkin…(About 50 cents worth of fabric and $1 worth of beans).  I already had the thread & glue sticks.  I was able to make 1 pumpkin a quarter while watching the Eagles game Sunday night… only 15 minutes ladies.

8 tips to beautifully decorate your home for fall / pumpkins / fall home tour

Step by Step Instructions for How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

Step ONE – Gather your Supplies & Trace out your Pumpkin Circle

Pick out your velvet fabric & trace a plate size circle on the back of the velvet fabric.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Step TWO – Cut out your Pumpkin Circle

Cut out the circle for your velvet pumpkin.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Step THREE – Knot your Thread & Sew Around your Pumpkin

Knot your thread & sew around the pumpkin circle. Pull thread taught so it bunches.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Step FOUR – Stuff your Velvet Pumpkins with Beans

Stuff your velvet pumpkins with dried beans.

Leave enough room at the end to put in the beans without them coming out & leave enough room for the stem!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Step FIVE – Add your Real Pumpkin Stem

Once you have sewed around the whole circle put the stem in.

Pull the thread as tight as it will go & triple knot the end.

Cut off any excess thread.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Step SIX – Glue your Stem to the Velvet Pumpkins

Glue gun between stem & velvet fabric to ensure everything stays in place.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Here is the finished product. I hope to make enough for every room in my house. 

Watch out fall decorating… I will have diy velvet pumpkins everywhere!

And… the best part is that I can use them in my fall decorating EVERY YEAR.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2
How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Small Velvet Pumpkins as Place Cards & Gifts

Velvet pumpkins make a great gift for your guests to take home on thanksgiving or a fancy holiday fall dinner. 

They also look great on a fall holiday tablescape.

I love how the green velvet pumpkin looks next to the red leaf place card. 

I used a chalk marker to write the name.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Here are the pumpkins one year later…they are all still in great shape and stems look great!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins for under $2

DIY Velvet Acorns to Match your Velvet Pumpkins

If you are a fan of my DIY velvet pumpkins, be sure to check out my DIY velvet acorns.

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I hope this inspires you to make some beautiful diy velvet pumpkins of your own for fall decorating in your home.

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

  1. Tara, these are adorable, and so much better than paying $27 per pumpkin! That’s pure craziness. I love how you made them while watching a football game. Ahh, it makes me realize that fall is right around the corner. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jenny! They are so easy to make and I am excited to make some more pumpkins now that football pre-season has started:). I planted a pumpkin plant this year so I would have more pumpkin stems.

  2. What a lovely idea, they look great. As I see you made these last year I am now wondering how the stems lasted? Will you need to replace them for this year or did they survive?

    1. Hi Julie! I updated the post about my velvet pumpkins and added a picture for you to see. The stems are still in great shape and look the same as they did last year:). Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope you have a nice week. Take care, Tara

  3. Great idea to pick up cheap fabric items at Goodwill Debby! Have fun making some new ones! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my velvet pumpkins. Have a nice weekend and take care, Tara

  4. Hi Tara they are beautiful I was wondering what could I use instead of the pumpkin stem? I don’t buy real pumpkins lol

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