I love a good, quick and easy craft! And this easy Halloween Styrofoam pumpkin craft totally fits the bill. It was very easy to make and I think it turned out so cute! I’m already planning on making more with other color schemes as soon as I have a chance! Here’s how you make this!
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- Styrofoam Ball (any size but I used a
- 3 – 6 coordinating Fabric fat quarters (or remnants if you have on hand)
- Fake Autumn Leaves
- Twig for stem (from your yard!)
- Measuring Tape
- Sharpie Marker
- Kitchen Butter Knife
- Serrated knife (I have one I just use for crafts)
- Hot Glue Gun
Notes and Credit:
I originally saw this idea here! I made it my own, but this gave me the inspiration to try this project!
Assemble all your supplies and ensure you have enough fabric. I purchased some coordinating “Fat Quarters” at the craft store, and that gave me PLENTY of fabric. For a 5 inch ball, your fabric strips will end up being around 2 inches by 9 inches.
Shave around a quarter-inch off two opposite sides of the Styrofoam ball using a serrated knife. This way the ball sits flat while you are working, and looks a little more like the shape of a pumpkin.
Measure all the way around the widest part of the ball. If you have a 5-inch ball, the circumference around the ball should be around 15 inches (and a little extra). Remember all those years of math when you wondered, when am I ever going to need to remember what Pi is? That’d be right now. It’s roughly 3 times the diameter around the ball. So a
Based on the measurements you get, use your marker to mark off evenly spaced segments around the middle of the ball. For example, my ball was 15 inches around, so I marked off every 1.5 inches with my marker to make 10 small segments. You could have much wider segments and mark every 3 inches.
Once you have measured and marked the middle of the ball, I used those marks and measured 1.5 inches up either direction towards the flat ends and made marks at both those spots as well. This gives me a guide to use when I’m cutting out the grooves for the fabric and makes it easier to see where to cut.
Mark the center of both flat spots on the Styrofoam with your marker.
Dig out a hole that’s around an inch wide and an inch deep at that mark on each end of your Styrofoam ball.
You are now ready to make your cuts. Follow the marks you made as a guide to make a straight cut, that’s about 1/4 to 1/2 inches deep into the Styrofoam, all the way from pole to pole.
Your Styrofoam ball is now prepared! You are ready to put on fabric!
Note how wide your segments are on your Styrofoam ball at the widest part of the segments. For example, my widest part of my segments was 1.5 inches. You will need this measurement to cut your fabric in the next step.
Cut your fabric into strips, a half-inch WIDER than your segments on the pumpkin measure. For example, my segments are 1.5 inches, so I cut my fabric 2 inches wide. You don’t want the fabric too wide, but you don’t want to struggle to make it fit either. The fabric will be around 8-9 inches long, and you can trim as you go if it’s too long.
Decide on your pattern for your fabric before you start so that you know it’s worked out ahead of time and you don’t end up with 2 of the same fabric right next to each other.
Place one end of your fabric into the hole on one end of the ball, and place the other end in the other hole. Then, use a butter knife to gently press the excess fabric into the cuts you’ve made into the Styrofoam.
Continue doing this until all segments are covered in your fabric.
Use the hot clue gun to secure the fabric in each of the holes in the styrofoam ball.
Hot glue a few leaves into the hole the top hole for pumpkin leaves.
Cut a twig from the yard, cut it to size and hot glue into the hole on the pumpkin on top of the leaves.
Enjoy your easy Halloween Styrofoam pumpkin craft for the season and for years to come!
Wrap Up – Easy Halloween Styrofoam Pumpkin Craft
When I saw the idea for this craft, I thought it was super cute. But it really exceeded my expectations for how cute it would turn out! I just love this little pumpkin! And once the measuring was done, it was an easy and relatively mindless project! It could easily be done while watching some tv and relaxing. And it will be fun to put out for years to come! I hope you try this project and please share your pictures if you do!