Tie these easy-to-make mini pumpkins onto some branches and you have some cute and festive Fall decor that you can display in your home anywhere, all season long. I love anything mini and on branches!
DIY Mini Pumpkin Tree for Fall
Here's What You'll Need
Olfa Circle Cutter
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
Branches (faux or real)
Vase or other tall container
Let's Get Crafty
To make the pumpkins, you'll basically make a stuffed fabric yo-yo. I cut out circles to make both large and small pumpkins (so my circles were about 4.25 and 3.75 inches in diameter, respectively). You can fit two circles of these sizes on one standard piece of 9x12-inch felt. If you're using this handy circle cutter, you would adjust it to half of the circle's diameter. Watch the video to see how to use the circle cutter and all it can do!
Thread your needle and tie a big bulky knot at the end, as your knot may go through the felt fabric if it's too small. Do a running stitch all around the edge of the circle, about 1/4 inch away from the edge.
When you've gone all the way around the circle, pull on the thread to gather it, and it will start to form a cup. Take a handful of stuffing and place it inside. Try to stuff in as much as you can as the pumpkins look their cutest when nice and plump!
Pull gently on the thread (by the thread itself, not at the needle; this will reduce your chance of breakage). Pull until the yo-yo is closed, leaving a dime-sized opening. The yo-yo will want to keep bursting open because of the stuffing so the next step will help keep it closed. Holding on to the yo-yo with one hand to help keep it as closed as possible, insert the needle through the outside into the wrinkles close to the opening, as shown, with the other hand. Pull it back out after a few wrinkles, then insert it back in, going all the way around one or two more times.
Tie a knot when you've gone all the way around and trim off the thread.
Next we will make the stem. First, cut a 1x9-inch strip of fabric, then cut it into thirds so each strip is 1x3 inches.
Take one of the thirds, and roll it up. Secure the end with hot glue. Then, apply some hot glue into the stuffed yo-yo opening.
Press the stem into the opening. After the glue has dried, wiggle the stem around to make sure it's secure.
Now we'll add a little "cap" on the pumpkin to make the yo-yo look more pumpkin-y. Cut some small circles out of the same felt as the stem. For the larger pumpkin, I cut out a 2-inch circle, and for the smaller pumpkin, I cut out a 1.5 inch circle (I cut them out by hand). Then I cut a dime-sized circle in the middle.
Apply hot glue to one side of the circle, flip it over, and insert it so the stem goes through the hole (try not to smear hot glue onto the stem). Then, pinch the circle as you press it down to crease it a little bit, which will also help cover up the yo-yo opening. All done with one pumpkin, now make a whole bunch. You can do them in one color or several!
I normally look for real branches around our neighborhood. There's one maple tree that has AWESOME branches for crafting! But I have to wait until it's windy when the branches fall down on their own, and there hasn't been a windy day yet. So I opted for faux branches this time. I found some leafy branches on clearance at our local home store, and took the leaves off. I'll save the leaves for another craft, and use the branches for this one! So if you're having trouble finding branches (real or faux), there's a tip for you!
Tie a piece of coordinating twine to the base of the pumpkin stem, leaving a tail for tying.
Tie your pumpkins onto the branches and cut off the tails.
It may help to arrange your branches in their container (I used a tall bucket), then tie the pumpkins on. I had three branches and 18 pumpkins (about 1/3 large and 2/3 small). My faux branches are made of wire, so I curled the ends to help keep the pumpkins from slipping off the branches, and to make the branches look like vines.
My Mini Pumpkin Tree is currently on my fireplace hearth, but I'll be moving it to the dining table soon as a centerpiece. You can also display it on your covered porch, in your entryway, or anywhere else you can think of. Plus, it's appropriate for Halloween and Thanksgiving, so you can keep it out for the entire season. Or, change it up! Tie the pumpkins together to form a garland, or use spooky colors and glitter on the branches to make a spooky tree. You can also use quilting cotton fabric for the pumpkins for a homespun look (but still use felt for the stems). Happy Fall!