Elevate the look of faux pumpkins with rich velvet, then pile them into a centerpiece, onto a mantel, or around your front porch for a gorgeous autumnal display.

By Katie Bandurski

Velvet is the perfect fabric for fall. It's soft, warm, and comes in tons of rich colors. Plus, it looks just as good in your home as it does in your wardrobe. Elevate the look of store-bought pumpkins with this cute DIY project.

This fall craft is easy and budget-friendly, but the end result looks very high-end. Get started by picking out velvet fabric in your favorite hue. Then choose foam pumpkins in various sizes to make over. After that, it's as simple as following our how-to instructions. So go ahead, curl up by the fire, make a cozy drink, and get ready to craft. 

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What You Need

  • Kraft paper
  • Foam pumpkins in desired sizes
  • Velvet fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Short dowel
  • Jute twine
  • Marker or pencil 
  • Leaf template
  • Green felt

Step 1: Prep Materials

Gather all materials. Prepare and protect your work surface by laying down a length of kraft paper. Then pull the stems off of each foam pumpkin but do not discard them. Lay the velvet fabric flat on the work space, then place a pumpkin in the center.

Step 2: Cut Fabric

Cut a two-inch wide hole where the pumpkin stem was located. Then cut a circle out of your fabric that's large enough to fit around the pumpkin. You need the outside edges of the fabric to reach the stem area. Cut darts in fabric.

Editor's Tip: A dart is a small fold that helps add shape to fabric. To make one, cut an elongated triangle on the edge of the fabric. We won't be sewing our darts, but they'll make it easier to create a pleated look around our pumpkin. 

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Step 3: Glue Velvet

Pull one side of the velvet fabric up and around the pumpkin. Secure it at the stem hole with hot glue on low heat. Repeat on opposite side. Then, gather fabric in a pleated fashion on both sides of the secured areas. Repeat on all sides until pumpkin is covered.

Step 4: Finish Fabric

Dab hot glue around the stem hole. Gather any excess velvet at the top and stuff it into the hole. Use a dowel, if necessary, to push the fabric in. Let dry. 

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Step 5: Create Stem

Unfurl a length of twine and wrap it around the pumpkin stem. Start at the top, then work around until the stem is covered, securing with hot glue as you go. Attach the wrapped stem to the pumpkin with hot glue.

Step 6: Add Leaves

Trace or draw leaf-shapes onto craft paper. Trace onto felt and cut out. Place a dab of glue near the base of the leaf and pinch together to give it shape. Repeat to create as many leaves as desired. Then attach around the stem of the pumpkin with hot glue. 

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