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Looking for a unique craft for fall? Try this Cozy Merino Wool Pumpkin craft to bring warmth to your fall decor! For more fun fall projects see my Thanksgiving page.
I have been working on my fall decor the past few weeks and since we moved and I gave up most of my decorations. I decided new fresh pumpkin ideas are just what my home decor needs this season! I got this fun large wood pumpkin from Oriental Trading Company and instead of painting it or putting a saying on it. I decided to cover it with one of my favorite textiles, chunky merino wool!
I am totally drawn to the thickness of this wool. It thick and fuffy and well, just gorgeous. I love working with it! This wool gave this wood a pumpkin a cozy fall feel. This project is perfect for farmhouse style decor or anywhere you want to add a snuggly fall feel to your decor. Here’s how I made it!
Cozy Merino Wool Pumpkin
- Wood Pumpkin Display
- 2-2.5 yds Merino Wool: Cream
- Hot Glue & Gun
- 1/2 Yd Felt (optional)
Pumpkin Leaf: You can use fall floral foliage or make your own with leather or PU leather
- Light Green Leather: 8 inch Sheet
- Floral Wire
- Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Printable Pumpkin Leaves PDF
Unscrew the base from the pumpkin so you can wrap the wool over the bottom edge of the pumpkin.
Start adding the wool on one side of the pumpkin. Glue one end of the wool to the back edge of the pumpkin. You want the wool to cover the front and back edge of the pumpkin.
Smooth the wool down the side and hot glue to the back of the wood pumpkin.
Add the second layer following the grooves of the pumpkin on the bottom of the wood. Glue the top of the strip to the back of the pumpkin and stretch it to the bottom and glue it to the backside of the pumpkin.
On the front of the pumpkin, gently spread the wool apart to fill in gaps on the wood. Glue the wool in place if needed.
For the centerpiece of the pumpkin, split a piece of merino wool in half at the top of the pumpkin. Continue to glue the edges down like the ones before. Repeat until finished. Cover the glued wool on the back of the pumpkin with felt or fabric for a clean finished look.
There are two ways to go when adding the leaf. You can take the easy way and add a fall floral foliage leaf to the top and possibly a vine. Or you can make a leaf out of leather via the instructions below. I was fresh out of foliage so I opted to make my own leaf.
Leather Pumpkin Leaf:
Print and cut out the pumpkin leaf. Lay the guide on the leather and cut leather with a rotary cutter. Trim up with sharp scissors. Cut two slim long strips of leather to tie around the stem of the pumpkin. Cut two small thin leather strips for the leaf.
Place a thin strip of hot glue on the back of the leaf and place the floral wire in it. Place a small strip of leather over the wire. Press it down to hide the wire. Glue a second wire and leather strip across the leaf.
Bend and glue stem of leaf to the leaf edge. Optional: Draw veins in leaf with a light-colored pen. Loop extra leather string through stem hoop and tie to stem of the pumpkin. Screw base back onto the pumpkin and display!