It’s easy to make your own Fall home decor with this simple braided pumpkin DIY. These precious little pumpkins are made with Dollar Tree styrofoam pumpkins and a Dollar Tree braided mop head! See how it’s done…
I’m pretty sure that pumpkins are my thing. My blog is full of them! One of my favorites is this Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin made with items from Dollar Tree! These are fun and stylish to use as part of a centerpiece, on a mantle, or anywhere you need a pop of Fall. The braided look is definitely a trend in pumpkins now!
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You may also love my other FAVORITE DIY PUMPKINS HERE
Supplies Needed to Make Your Own DIY Braided Pumpkin
- Dollar Tree styrofoam pumpkin (remove the stem)
- Dollar Tree microfiber mop head
- Glue gun
- Stick from the yard
- Spray Paint with a color to match your mop head (optional)
- Greenery (optional)
Easy Steps to Make a Pumpkin with a Braided Look
Remove the stem from your pumpkin and create a small hole in its place.
Spray paint your pumpkin to better blend with your mop head strands. (I did not do this on my first try, but I did on my second and it made all of the difference. Be sure to spray light even strokes from far away so the spray paint doesn’t melt your pumpkin)
Dollar Tree now sells white foam pumpkins, so you can purchase those instead and skip the painting step!
- These are the same EXACT pumpkins I used in this super Easy Beanie Pumpkin DIY project! Check it out!
Remove the mop strands from the attachment by cutting them with scissors
Tuck each mop strand into the top of the pumpkin wrapping around the circumference of the pumpkin and securing it with your hot glue where needed.
Repeat this process until the entire pumpkin is covered.
Insert your stick from the yard and use it to tuck any loose strands into the center.
Add greenery around the stem as desired. I grabbed a spare piece of wired boxwood and twisted it around my stick.
If you missed the video tutorial, SEE IT HERE
You can browse my inspiration pumpkins below as well as my final braided pumpkin DIY project using the dollar tree materials.
The braided yarn is so pretty and the gray and white really give it a similar neutral look!
It’s fun sitting here on display on top of a stamped book stack DIY that I made here — DIY Decorative Books with Homemade Tassels
I just love decorating with neutrals! In fact, this DIY Splatter Screen Pumpkin was another of my farmhouse gray pumpkin projects, which you may enjoy, as well!
How to Display Your Braided Mop Head Pumpkins
- On an entryway table as you walk in create a welcoming view.
- On a mantel above a fireplace in groupings to bring in all the fall feels.
- Display on a cake stand pedestal to create varying heights that add interest.
- Put them in a built-in bookcase or an armoire to decorate your space.
- Add them to a fall tablescape in your dining area.
- Take smaller versions and add them to each place setting on top of the plates.
- Place one on a floating shelf as part of a larger fall gallery wall display.
- Create a small fall vignette for a tray or to place on a nightstand using the following:
- faux pumpkins (these are my favorite ones),
- candles (here are some easy DIY candles you’ll love)
- book stack (create your own with this easy tutorial)
- wood bead garland (this is how I make my own with tassels)
Other Ways to Create DIY Pumpkin Decor on a Budget
- Use fabric scraps and make a stuffed pumpkin for a pillow.
- Crochet a cover for your pumpkin.
- Cut up an old sweater and grab an embroidery hoop of any size to make this cute pumpkin DIY.
- Place a vintage doily over the top of the pumpkin and glue it into place.
- Use a drop cloth to create a neutral farmhouse-looking pumpkin.
- Cover a pumpkin with a thrift store beanie as seen in this DIY!
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Dollar Tree Mop Head Pumpkin DIY
- 1 Dollar Tree styrofoam pumkin
- 1 Dollar Tree microfiber mop head
- 1 Glue gun
- 1 Stick from the yard
- 1 Spray Paint with a color to match your mop head optional
- 1 Greenery optional
- Remove the stem from your pumpkin and create a small hole in it's place.
- Spray paint your pumpkin to better blend with your mop head strands
- Remove the mop strands from the attachment by cutting them with scissors
- Tuck each mop strand into the top of the pumkin wrapping around the circumference of the pumpkin and securing with your hot glue where needed.
- Repeat the process until the entire surface is covered.
- Insert your stick from the yard and use it to tuck any loose strands into the center.
- Add greenery around stem as desired. I grabbed a spare piece of wired boxwood and twisted it around my stick.
Don’t miss the recent Redfin article this project was featured in:
“20 Easy Fall DIY Decor Ideas that You’ll Absolutely Love”
With leaves on the ground and pumpkin spice lattes in hand — there’s no doubt that fall is in full swing. One of our favorite things about this time of year is all the traditions that come with it, like roasting marshmallows by your backyard fire pit or watching scary movies. But nothing makes it feel like the new season is upon us like decorating our homes with festive, fall decor.
Whether it’s gathering materials from your yard to create warm-colored tablescapes or visiting your local craft store to make a DIY fall wreath, there are many creative and easy ways to embrace autumn in your home.
To help inspire your seasonal decorating, Redfin reached out to experts for our most creative — yet simple — fall home decor projects. So before the cold temperatures approach and you have to prepare your home for winter, check out the Redfin article I was featured in and try out one (or more) of these fall DIY projects this season!