Transform Ordinary Old Burlap Into Cute Little No-Sew Pumpkins For Fall

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Decorating for any season or holiday is tons of fun. You can take inspiration from tradition, or create a new scene each year, but no matter what, it always gets you in the spirit.

The autumn is all about harvest, plenty, and, of course, a little spookiness. But when it comes to DIY-ing your decorations, sometimes the real fright comes in how time consuming it can be!

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get around sewing, if that’s not your thing, and you’ll still end up with something cozy and cute. And you can make some charming, homespun pumpkin decorations that don’t require any sewing at all.

Here’s how, and be sure to check out the video below to see how it’s done:


  • Orange burlap
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge or clear-drying craft glue
  • Poly-Fil
  • Fabric leaves or decorations of your choice


  1. Cut out a 16×12 inch rectangle of burlap. Lay wrong-side up on your work surface.
  2. Glue the 12-inch edges together to make a tube.
  3. Tie one end closed with a rubber band.
  4. Turn inside out and stuff with Poly-Fil.
  5. Tie the other end close with a rubber band. This will be your “stem.”
  6. Wrap twine around the stem to cover the rubber band and tie in place.
  7. Wrap more twine around the pumpkin to create sections.
  8. To create vines, cut two pieces of twine and wrap tightly around pencils.
  9. Coat the coiled twine with Mod Podge and let dry. When you unwind it, it will keep its curly shape.
  10. Attach your vines with hot glue, as well as leaves or whatever you’d like to decorate it with.
  11. Display!

SHARE this cute idea with anyone who likes to craft, but maybe doesn’t like to sew that much!

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