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This Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft is the perfect DIY project to usher in autumn.

You can transform ordinary thread balls into delightful pumpkin decorations with just a few simple materials and a sprinkle of creativity.

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just starting out, this craft is sure to add a touch of fall magic to your home.

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The full list of materials, tools, and instructions is in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft

Crafting with thread balls offers a unique texture and look, making your pumpkins stand out from the usual store-bought decorations.

You can find vintage balls of thread at thrift stores, which makes this a fantastic upcycling project. But if you struggle, you can buy new thread balls cheaply online.

Using bright and burnt orange paints gives these pumpkins a vibrant and realistic hue. The spray bottle technique ensures an even coat and a fun, less messy painting experience.

The addition of champagne corks as stems is a genius touch, adding a rustic charm to your chunky pumpkins.

Olive green felt leaves and brown wired twine vines further enhance the natural appearance. The green reindeer moss fills in any gaps, ensuring your pumpkin looks full and festive.

Thread Ball Pumpkins - Fall DIY Decor Idea

Pumpkin Home Décor

Once you’ve made your thread ball pumpkins, they can be used in your home in a myriad of different ways.

Add them to your tiered tray display for fall, or place them on your dining table as a centerpiece—perhaps for Halloween or Thanksgiving dinner?

Line them up on a windowsill or mantle, or attach them to fall sweet treats as a cozy hostess gift.

The beauty of this pumpkin craft lies in its adaptability.

While the tutorial provides a specific look, feel free to experiment with different paint shades or add embellishments like ribbons and beads.

Every pumpkin you create can be a reflection of your personal style.

So gather your supplies, call over some friends or family, and make this autumn unforgettable with your handmade pumpkin decorations!

For more great autumn crafting ideas, check out our Best Fall Crafts For Seniors and our other Pumpkin Crafts.

Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft Supplies
Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft Supplies

Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The materials and tools needed for this project have been linked to Amazon below for your convenience. The quantities are on the craft tutorial card at the end of this post.


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Thread Ball Pumpkins Aesthetic

How Do I Make Thread Ball Pumpkins?

The printable tutorial card with the full supplies list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Step 1 – Prepare Paint: Squeeze 1 ounce of bright orange paint into a 3-ounce spray bottle. Add 2 ounces of water to the bottle, replace the cap, and shake well to combine. Repeat with the burnt orange paint and a second spray bottle.

Step 2 – Paint Thread Balls: Remove any labels from the thread balls. In a well-ventilated area or outside, spray the outside of the thread balls with bright orange and burnt orange paint. Set aside to dry. Apply a second coat if required.

TIP! Mix the colors slightly by lightly spraying one color on the other.

Step 3 – Create Vines: Measure and cut two 12″/30cm lengths of wired twine with wire cutters. Wrap around a pencil, and then slide off to create a vine. Stretch and bend the wire to create pumpkin vines.

Step 4 – Cut Felt Leaves: Download, print, and cut the leaf pattern. Trace onto felt with a marker. Cut out the leaves with scissors, cutting inside the traced lines for a clean, finished project. To create dimension, apply a dot of glue at the base of the leaf and fold it in half.

Step 5 – Attach Cork Stem: Attach a champagne cork to the hole at the top of the thread ball with a glue gun and glue sticks. Hold the cork in place until the glue dries completely. Fill in the rest of the hole with small amounts of moss. Glue the wired twine vine and the leaf to the back of the cork stem. When dry, display where desired.

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Printable Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft Tutorial Card

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Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft Tutorial

Upcycled Thread Ball Pumpkin Craft

Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft offers a unique thread balls DIY experience. Upcycle cotton thread balls into festive pumpkins for a charming look.

Materials

  • 2 cotton crochet thread balls
  • Craft paint in the colors Bright Orange and Burnt Orange
  • Olive green felt scraps
  • 2 (3-oz) plastic spray bottles
  • Green reindeer moss
  • 2 Champagne Corks
  • Brown wired twine
  • Pumpkin leaf pattern

Tools

  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters

Instructions

  1. Squeeze 1 ounce of bright orange paint into a 3-ounce spray bottle. Add 2 ounces of water to the bottle, replace the cap, and shake well to combine. Repeat with the burnt orange paint and a second spray bottle.
  2. Remove any labels from the thread balls. In a well-ventilated area or outside, spray the outside of the thread balls with bright orange and burnt orange paint. Set aside to dry. Apply a second coat if required. TIP! Mix the colors slightly by lightly spraying one color on the other.
  3. Measure and cut two 12"/30cm lengths of wired twine with wire cutters. Wrap around a pencil, and then slide off to create a vine. Stretch and bend the wire to create pumpkin vines.
  4. Download, print, and cut the leaf pattern. Trace onto felt with a marker. Cut out the leaves with scissors, cutting inside the traced lines for a clean finished project. To create dimension, apply a dot of glue at the base of the leaf and fold it in half.
  5. Attach a champagne cork to the hole at the top of the thread ball with a glue gun and glue sticks. Hold the cork in place until the glue dries completely.
  6. Fill in the rest of the hole with small amounts of moss. Glue the wired twine vine and the leaf to the back of the cork stem. When dry, display where desired.

    Thread Ball Pumpkins Craft Tutorial

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