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!
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How to Make Velvet Pumpkins for Less than $2 Each
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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:)
- 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.
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.
Step TWO – Cut out your Pumpkin Circle
Cut out the circle for your velvet pumpkin.
Step THREE – Knot your Thread & Sew Around your Pumpkin
Knot your thread & sew around the pumpkin circle. Pull thread taught so it bunches.
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!
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.
Step SIX – Glue your Stem to the Velvet Pumpkins
Glue gun between stem & velvet fabric to ensure everything stays in place.
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.
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.
Here are the pumpkins one year later…they are all still in great shape and stems look great!
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.
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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