Fall has arrived which means it’s time for apple cider, scarves, and, of course – PUMPKINS! Sure, carving jack-o-lanterns is a favorite pastime for many families, but why not try something different this year for your fall arts and crafts project?
From real pumpkins to faux pumpkins, there are so many gorgeous DIY projects you can create this year. We found 55 of the best ones that will make your house an Autumnal oasis.
Your house will be filled with beautiful fall decor by trying these fun and unique pumpkin DIY projects. Happy Fall crafting!
#1 Pumpkin Candy Holder
Let your trick or treaters grab their sweets from this adorable homemade pumpkin candy dispenser. Basically, all you need to do is cut a hole large enough to fit a plastic container (after you’ve cleaned it out, of course)! Find the step-by-step instructions here.
#2 Book Pumpkin
Here’s an adorable DIY craft for the Halloween-loving bookworm. Transform an old book into a cute decor piece for your mantle. Find the full tutorial at H2O Bungalow.
#3 Stick Pumpkin Wall Art
Round up the kiddos and gather sticks on your fall hike then come back to make this pretty wall piece. Arrange the sticks on your wall or on a canvas to create a pumpkin shape. Perfect for that rustic farmhouse look. Better Homes and Gardens has the instructions.
#4 Pumpkin Succulent Holder
Who doesn’t love a lush succulent garden? They’re just gorgeous! Put a little “Fall twist” on your garden by using the pumpkin as the “pot”. Just carve out the pumpkin and make sure it’s cleaned out of all flesh and seeds. Then, fill with potting soil/succulent soil and plant your favorite varieties! Of course, you could always use fake succulents (or any kind of plant!) as well.
#5 Vintage Wrapper Pumpkins
If you haven’t used Mod Podge for crafts and DIY projects yet, you’ve seriously been missing out. Take these throwback wrapper pumpkins for example, how cute! The best part? They’re super simple to create. The find instructions here.
#6 Painted Basket Pumpkin
Another cute alternative to a real pumpkin is a basket pumpkin. Just take a wooden basket of whatever shape and size then paint it the fall colors of your choice! Flip it upside down then add a few final touches for the stem and leaves. Dwelling in Happiness has the step-by-step instructions.
#7 Pour-Paint Pumpkins
“We’re obsessed with the pour paint pumpkin trend. A pour paint pumpkin is pretty much exactly how it sounds—a pumpkin with paint poured on it. We’re all about how fun and easy this project is! Pick a pretty color scheme of acrylic paints and start pouring. Alternate colors as you pour them over the top of the pumpkin. Feel free to be heavy-handed with the paint! Lean and wiggle the pumpkin back and forth to spread the paint out as it drips down,” explains BHG.
#8 Pumpkin Honeycomb Decor
Think outside of the box when it comes to carving your pumpkin this year. Country Living came up with this fun idea that is actually quite simple to make – you’ll just need some steady knife skills and a bit of yellow craft paint. Find the brief tutorial here.
#9 Bowling Ball Pumpkin
Prodigal Pieces blog shared this adorable idea and it’s perfect for your front or backyard. You can use the thumb hole to create a little mouse hidehole! Bonus feature? No one will want to steal it because it’s so heavy! Find out how to make your own here.
#10 Dried Flower Pumpkin
Create and whimisical and charming pumpkin piece by using dried flowers and a bit of glue. You can choose to use delicate petals, one by one, or you can make a bolder statement by gluing the entire flower. Here’s a great tutorial for some insipiration.
#11 Pumpkin Butter Churn
Country cottage decor is pretty hard to resist. Make a faux butter churn with an oblong-shaped pumpkin for a super cute piece of decor. Sure it can’t actually churn butter but it will definitely make all your guests say “aww”. Here are the instructions.
#12 Bandana Pumpkin
This charming craft only requires 4 supplies. That’s it! You can choose to use fake foam pumpkins from the dollar store or real pumpkins. Julia Bettencourt shared how she makes her Bandana Pumpkins on her blog.
#13 Crepe Paper Pumpkins
“Make pumpkin decor that lasts for several seasons to come. Use dyed crepe paper and paper that’s been stripped of color to create different pumpkin textures, then glue strips to a paper-mâché pumpkin shape. Cover the stems with solid crepe paper and set them out to create your own paper pumpkin patch,” explains BHG.
#14 Pumpkin Twine Ball
Who said crafts had to be complicated? Take a piece of twine and wrap it around multiple sizes of pumpkin to create lovely pieces of fall decor. Attach some scissors with black wire for a cute look. Head over to Country Living for detailed instructions.
#15 Canning Lid Pumpkin
If you’re into crafting, canning, or cooking, you might have a bunch of canning lids lying around. Turn them into an adorable pumpkin centerpiece by spraypainting them orange, securing them together, and adding some twigs and cinnamon sticks for the stem. An Alli Event shares their instructions.
#16 Pumpkin Place Settings
Tie name tags on top of tiny pumpkin stems and use them for place settings at your next dinner party. This is also the perfect idea for a fall wedding! Holly Mathis came up with this simple but sophisticated idea.
#17 Pumpkin Candy ‘Scale’
Alright, like the butter churn, this scale isn’t actually functional but it really is charming and original. This DIY craft is going to take a bit of drilling and elbow grease but the end result is just too adorable. Find the step-by-step instructions here.
#18 Dryer Vent Pumpkin
The best thing about DIY crafts are that there are no restrictions when it comes to your creativity! Why not use pieces of dryer vent for example? Loop the vent together to create tiny metallic pumpkins for your home. Finding Secret Treasure has the tutorial.
#19 Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkins
This is a great fall craft to do with the kids! And the best part? You only need yarn and a pumpkin! Get fancy and choose some bright vivid colors or try multiple colors on one pumpkin! Let the creativity fly. Head to Momtastic for their instructions.
#20 Pumpkin Basket
“Cut off the top quarter of a flat pumpkin (this is a Musquee de Provence variety); scoop out pulp and seeds. Attach lengths of grapevine just below the opening with T-pins. Attach a grapevine handle just inside the opening with T-pins. Nestle mini pumpkins in the basket,” explains Country Living.
#21 Vintage Lantern Pumpkin
Head to your local thrift store and look for old vintage lanterns. The more rustic, the better! Paint the lantern your favorite shade of orange and place in a tea light for a pumpkin-esque piece of fall decor. Our Storied Home shares how they made theirs.
#22 Unicorn Pumpkin
Fall doesn’t always have to be about spooky and scary things. Why not lighten things up a bit with a Unicorn Pumpkin? You’ll just need to pick up some paint, fur, and few other supplies from the craft store. Hello Giggles has the detailed instructions.
#23 Pumpkin Barrel
This fun fall project has “cute” written all over it! But it’s actually much easier to make than you’d think. Plus what a great excuse to go out and purchase the biggest pumpkin ever. You’ll need some Poly-Fil, burlap, and upholstery tacks along with whatever you’d like to fill the pumpkin with! Country Living has the details.
#24 Painted Glass Globe Pumpkin
“Grab a glass globe or some other inexpensive light fixture from your local thrift store. That’s all you need for this glassy decoration—well, along with a little paint, a stem and leaves, of course,” said RedBook. And Homeroad has the tutorial for you.
#25 Pumpkin Wreath
This precious pumpkin wreath can be made with actual mini pumpkins or you can just head to the craft store to buy some lighter foam ones. Then, you’ll just need to attach them to a grapevine wreath with either a glue gun or some wire.
#26 Pumpkin Sign
Welcome your family and friends with a homemade pumpkin sign displaying your surname or a greeting! You’ll need to scoop out the pumpkin before you hang it, and you’ll also need a quick trip to the hardware store for a few supplies. But the end result is enough to make your neighbors jealous. Here are the instructions.
#27 Toilet Paper Pumpkins
Who knew that a roll of toilet paper and a scarf could transform into a super adorable pumpkin fall decor piece? A Piece of Rainbow blog shares how they transformed plain rolls of toilet paper into bright and colorful pumpkins – with hardly any work at all! Here’s how.
#28 Silverware Pumpkin Decor
Create a unique piece for your front porch by using some antique silveware and hot glue. You can arrange the pieces of silverware in whichever greeting you’d like! Set it on a funky vintage stool for extra personality.
#29 Succulent Monogram Pumpkin
Instead of the succulent pumpkin planter that we showed you earlier, try this creative succulent project to make a monogrammed pumpkin. Glue succulents onto your pumpkin to display your family initial. Here are the instructions.
#30 Trim Corner Blocks
Lots of us have extra “stuff” lying around in our garages, sheds, or basements. Put them to good use with crafts! Average But Inspired blog shared how they used old trim corner blocks to make funky and original ‘pumpkins’ to display. Here are the details.
#31 Melted Crayon Pumpkin
Using a hot glue gun, a hair dryer, and some peeled crayon pieces, you and your family can make these gorgeous and colorful pumpkins to show off in your home. Head over to BHG for the tutorial.
#32 Glitter Pumpkins
Is it really arts and crafts if there isn’t any glitter?! Use glue to create fun patterns on your pumpkin then sprinkle your favorite color of glitter on top for a sparkly and fun pumpkin. They’re so pretty! You can choose chunky glitter or more fine glitter for a more subtle look.
#33 Pumpkin Carriage
“It may look like it came straight out of Cinderella’s fairytale, but it’s really from the hardware store. Large wind turbines make the perfect base for a chic pumpkin carriage that welcomes guests to your front porch,” said Redbook. Want to make your own? Head to Hometalker.
#34 Constellation Pumpkin
Get a little astrological this fall and make these gorgeous constellation pumpkins. At night time when they are lit up, they are simply beautiful! They’re quite easy to carve but you’ll need some power tools. Makezine has the full tutorial.
#35 Woodland Creature Pumpkins
No carving and completely adorable? What a great fall craft! Cut out different colors and shapes of foam pieces then use glue to adhere them to pumpkins to create sweet woodland creatures. Simple as That lays out the instructions for you.
#36 Winter Sock Pumpkin
Since winter is around the corner, you’ll probably need to buy some new winter socks. Give your old ones new life by turning them into fall decor! Mom in the Music City blog shares how she creates these cozy-looking pumpkins that look precious on a mantle.
#37 Gold and Diamond Pumpkins
Here’s another pumpkin decor piece that is reminiscent of Cinderella. Use fake diamonds and other jewels to create gorgeous patterns on a white pumpkin for an elegant and original piece of fall decor. Sweety High explains how.
#38 Whitewashed Pumpkins
Ever since Chip and Joanna Gaines made the farmhouse look oh-so-popular, whitewash is all the rage. Why not apply it to your pumpkins too? It gives a gorgeous muted color by using some chalk paint. Here’s how to do it.
#39 Roof Turbine Pumpkins
Did you recently replace your roof turbines? Hang on to the old ones and transform them into industrial-style pieces of pumpkin decor for your yard. They’d look great on a farm! Hometalk explains how to make your very own.
#40 Simple Paper Pumpkins
Get old-school crafty with your kids by making little paper pumpkins using construction paper or scrapbook paper. Just cut one-inch strips then form them into a circle. Attach with a brad at the bottom and the top and cut out little leaves to glue on top.