Autumn Crafts | Potted Pompom Pumpkins!


Last year I scoured the Internet for fun and unique craft inspiration for Autumn and Halloween. So this year I thought I’d try my hand and come up with a few easy and inexpensive craft ideas of my own to share with you.

As a Pompom lover I of course had to include them into at least one of my tutorials!

So without further ado, here’s how to make these fun Potted Pompom Pumpkins.

For this DIY you’re going to need:

  • An assortment of Pompoms in your choice of Autumnal colours
  • A plant pot around 8cm
  • Coloured chunky pipe cleaners (or twist several together to make one fuller one)
  • Strong craft glue (Something like PVA or modpodge will also do the job)
  • Some polystyrene
  • And paper shred, dried moss or leaf material
  • (Optional googlie eyes and twine for decoration)

If you haven't already made your Pompoms this is the first thing you're going to want to do. You want these to be big (around 9cm in diameter).
I’ve used a 85mm Large Clover pompom maker but if you have a spare toilet roll hanging around the house you can make pompoms without one (I’m just not very good at it).

I’ll leave tutorial I did recently for the Clover pompom makers here,
And one of making them using just a fork or a toilet roll by Manuela Waliczek-Raczka here.

Great so now you should have yourself a palm sized pompom. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect because we’re going to trim it to shape now.
Start off by cleaning up any strays and trim is down to be roughly circular. Now starting at the top centre you want to trim out a dimple and start to trim your top into a slightly curved flat surface all the way round. This will be the centre of your pumpkin.

Then roughly splitting your pumpkin into cake slice chunks place a finger indent in about 5 evenly distributed places around your pumpkin. These will act as a really useful guide because now you want to cut up the sides of your pompom to give it those classic pumpkin groves. You don't want this to be too big, but try to curve of the edges to give each section a rounded feel. Repeat for all your finger markers and you've got a pretty good pumpkin shape!

Now we’re looking about the right shape, you want to take your polystyrene and cut this into a circle so it fits roughly 1 inch below the top of your pot.

You then want to take your pipe cleaner and pierce right through the centre of your polystyrene. Feed the pipe cleaner through until just enough peeps through that you can bend it over to stop it coming out. For extra security you could also tape it down onto the polystyrene.

Then taking the other end of your pipe cleaner, push it through the bottom of your pompom up through the top and cut off with about 3cm, shaping this with a slight curve. Now your pumpkin has a stalk!

 Be sure you've left just a little gap between the pompom and your polystyrene because we want to fill out the base with leaf material. 

Now all you need to do is glue your polystyrene into your pot, and cover over the top with a bed of leaf material, or whatever you have handy. Lightly push down on your Pumpkin to stop it from wobbling an keep it snug against your foliage.

Voila! You're very own Potted Pompom Pumpkin!

If you’d like to also add a fun Halloween finishing touch with a sprinkle of glitter, pop on some googlie eyes and an EVA cut out mouth or tie some twine around the pot. Its up to you, get as creative as you’d like!

You can also have fun making giant or teeny versions of these for around the house or as fun gifts for your family and friends.

A cheap and cheerful Halloween Autumn DIY!

I hope you have fun re-creating these, and if you do share your photos with me on Twitter and tag me @theasthinkings. I’d love to see how you get on!

Let me know if you’d like to see more of these and I’ll see you soon for another crafty creation!


p.s. If you'd prefer I've also put these three up on Etsy but they're a one off so once they're gone they're gone!

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