Learn how to make yarn pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, then later you can use them in the dryer.
The art of felting is something I've long admired. Some of the projects I've seen are so pretty and I love all the vibrant colors and the soft look of the wool. Of course, this technique takes some time to master, and I find myself just adding to the list.
So this fall craft is not really about needle felted pumpkins. Instead, it's a simple project made with white and orange wool yarn that becomes felted in the process of washing and drying them. In fact, when you tire of these guys feel free to use them as dryer balls in the laundry.
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Making Felted Yarn Pumpkins
Start by wrapping pieces of yarn around each other and rolling them into a ball. I tried this process in three different ways.
Some I made by wrapping the yarn around a tennis ball, thus leaving you with more yarn to make the second ball.
I also tried using a plastic Christmas ornament just because it was lighter. In the end, I like the one that was entirely yarn as they ended up with a nicer shape for the pumpkins.
What Kind of Yarn Do You Use to Make the Pumpkins?
I used three types of wool yarn for this project. The best was the roving wool yarn. The worsted wool was not a bad second choice but did not give that felted look I liked. The third (green on the left) was only 50% wool and did not work at all.
- Once you have created your ball of wool place it in a sock or pantyhose and tie it in a knot.
- Run it through the washer using hot water and detergent, and then through the dryer on high heat. Feel free to wash a load of clothes with them.
- Remove from the sock/hose and let dry.
- To turn them into adorable yarn pumpkins, just poke a hole in the middle and glue a small twig for the stem with white glue or a hot glue gun. You could also use a piece of green pipe cleaner and curl it to create a vine.
This easy yarn pumpkin craft will give you cute pumpkins you can use in a dough bowl as a beautiful centerpiece, or as a nice mantle decoration.
When you are done using the pumpkins for decoration, you can remove the stem, and use them in your dryer instead of dryer sheets. You can even add a few drops of essential oil to scent your clothes.
Wouldn't these adorable pumpkins make a nice gift?
How to Make Yarn Pumpkins
- Washing machine
- Clothes Dryer
- 100 % Wool Roving Yarn I used white and orange yarn
- White glue
- Twigs from the yard
- Start by rolling the yarn into a ball.
- Place it in a sock or pantyhose and tie it closed.
- Run the yarn ball through the washing machine using hot water and detergent.
- Then through the dryer on high heat.
- Remove the ball from the sock/hose and let it dry completely.
- Finally, poke a hole in the middle and glue a small twig for the stem.