Today I’m showing how to make some fun, easy, and inexpensive Fall decor. Display it anywhere in your home, all season long! Here’s how to DIY a Fall Mini Pumpkin Tree.
My inspiration for this project – those cute little pumpkin branches at Trader Joe’s! I’ve always adored these! But now, I can reuse my pumpkin tree year after year.
Fall Mini Pumpkin Tree
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- Orange, dark green, sage green, and natural colored felt
- Scissors, ruler, and fabric pen, or circle cutter
- Needle and matching thread
- Faux branches
- Hot glue
- Polyester stuffing
- Tall bucket or vase
My pumpkins were basically felt yo-yo’s that I stuffed. I made two sizes of pumpkins – the large ones use a 4.75-inch circle, and the small ones were 3.25 inches in diameter. You can cut out cardboard circles or use bowls/plates to trace. I have a fabric circle cutter where you can set the measurement you’d like to use.
Now make a yo-yo by gathering the edges with needle and thread. Tie a knot and thread the needle through the fabric at the edge (about 1/8 inch or so from the edge), pulling all the way til you pull the knot to the fabric. Then do a running stitch all the way around the edge until you reach the knot again.
Pull the thread from both ends (the knotted end and the needle end) until the circle starts to form a bowl shape. Add a handful of stuffing inside and pull both threads so it closes up the circle.
Tie a knot with both ends of the thread, and sew around the opening as well with the needle end to secure. Knot the thread and trim off the excess.
Now to create the stem. Cut a piece 1×12-inch strip of felt. Cut that strip into three 4-inch strips. Each 4-inch strip will make one stem. Roll up each of the 4-inch strips and secure the ends with hot glue. Then, add a dab of hot glue to the pumpkin opening.
Add some hot glue to one end of the stem. Insert the stem into the pumpkin opening and press down.
Now, cut some small circles out of the same green felt as the stem. For the large pumpkin, the circle is 2-inches in diameter and for the small circle, it’s 1.5 inches. Fold the circle in half, then cut a small circle in the middle, about the same diameter as your stem.
Thread the stem through the green circle and add hot glue to the top of the pumpkin. Press the green circle down onto the pumpkin. Pinch the green circle with your fingers to gather it a bit.
Now for the branches. You can definitely use real branches and just replace them year after year. Or you can get faux branches. I found these faux leafy branches on clearance and took the leaves off with wire cutters (I used the leaves on my owl leaf pillow)
I tied some twine to the pumpkin stems (I happened to have matching green twine)…
And tied the pumpkins to the branches.
I placed my pumpkin tree into a tall metal bucket. All done.
This was one of my favorite crafts that I created last year for the Blitsy blog! Can’t wait to display it again this year!
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