Bead-Decorated Pumpkin

Beads add an elegant touch to this duo of Halloween pumpkins.
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Avoid the mess of a carved pumpkin while adding a note of sophistication to your Halloween or fall decorating. These elegantly decorated pumpkins are easy and quick to make, and will last longer than a carved pumpkin.

What You Need:

  • Large and small pumpkins
  • Beaded garland
  • Straight pins
  • Wide wire-edged ribbon
  • Star sequins
  • Quilting pins
  • Beading wire
  • Beads

Instructions:

To make the large beaded pumpkin, attach one end of the beaded garland at the top of the pumpkin at the base of the stem. Hold the garland in place with a pin. Loop the garland down approximately half way and bring back up to the stem and pin in place. Continue making loops around the entire pumpkin top. Tie a generous bow made from wide wire-edged ribbon around the stem.

For a variation, use a star garland instead of a beaded garland.

To make the small beaded pumpkin, attach star sequins randomly using quilting pins to secure. Make three beaded strands by threading beads on lengths of wire. Add a star sequin to the end, if desired. Secure one end of the wire to hold the beads in place. Leave 1 inch of wire at the opposite end to poke into the pumpkin next to the stem.

For a quicker version of this project, delete the beaded strands and use only the star sequins.