Thread Pumpkins

12 Sep

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Fall is here! The leaves are turning, the breeze is crisp, and autumn decorations are already up in the stores.  All the beautiful decorations inspired me to create these tabletop pumpkins! The base idea was inspired by

Materials Used:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Baby Powder
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Water
  • Balloons
  • Tin loaf baking container
  • Yarn, string, or cross stitch floss (I used two shades of brown and an antique yellow, plus green for the stem)
  • Large “C” clamps (this will make sense later in the directions)
Preparation – I punched one hole on both sides of the tin container about 1″ up from the bottom. Run the floss through the hole on one side, into the mixture, and out the other hole. This helped me save some time and streamline the process. Also, this craft project is messy, I worked on a large piece of cardboard, a tarp would work nicely to. Work on anything that isn’t going to be ruined if you get glue on it.
Step 1 – Rub the petroleum jelly over the entire surface of the blown up balloon. This is done so that glue soaked string does not stick to the balloon.
Step 2 – Mix the glue, water, and corn starch together in the tin container until the mixture is smooth. No clumps. I didn’t measure the amounts, but I used about 1/4 water, 1/4 corn starch, 1/2 glue for my mixture.  I used an empty tomato paste aluminum can to hold the floss in the mixture. See the image for clarification.
Step 3 – Run the string  through the mixture and begin wrapping the  around the balloon.  Keep wrapping until you have a desired amount of coverage across the balloon.
Step 4 – Apply some petroleum jelly to the clamp ends of the “C” clamp. Do this so the glue soaked string doesn’t stick to the “C” clamp.  Insert the thread wrapped balloon into the “C” clamp, use the “C” clamp to achieve the squatty rotund shape of a pumpkin.  I used two “C” clamps, one to form a base for the second, so the second one would stand upright.  See image.
Step 5 – Allow the thread to dry and harden overnight.
Step 6 – Pop the  balloon! I had a dense coverage of thread so I had to fish the popped balloon remains out from between the hardened string.
To Make the green pumpkin stem, I used clear tape to shape a curved cone, covered it in petroleum jelly, and used green floss following the above steps. Once dried, glue the stem to the pumpkin.
You now have some new decor to add to your living space! Happy Crafting!
Below is a video showing the wrapping of the balloon and putting the wrapped balloon into the “C” clamp. My apologies as I’m not so good with shooting video yet.

8 Responses to “Thread Pumpkins”

  1. Ursula Keogh September 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    My first blog post! Yay! Please leave feedback, I appreciate it.

  2. janet trieschman October 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial, I shared it on my blog

  3. Rosie October 23, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Wonderful project. Is it corn starch or baby powder? Maybe add some gold glitter paint.

    • The Oh Shiny Crafter October 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      I love the idea about gold glitter paint, I think I will try that for a Christmas version of this craft technique. About the corn starch or baby powder, I could only find J&J’s baby powder with cornstarch in it. That is what I used. I found it at Wal-Mart.

  4. Andrea October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Hey there, nice project! I did make the pumpkin and it turned out quit well it I do say so myself. Thanks for posting, I can see you put a lot of effort into this. I’m sure too that there will be dozens if not hundreds, well maybe even thousands of ‘thread pumpkins’ around this year thanks to you.


  5. Rori Kotch August 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi there,

    I’m reaching out from Country Living, where I work on lifestyle content for our daily website. We just wanted to let you know that we featured your thread pumpkin tutorial in an article about our favorite ways to make a pumpkin out of anything on our site. We spotlighted an image from your blog and, of course, linked back to your post a full tutorial and more details.

    You can check it out here:

    Definitely keep us in the loop about other projects you have coming up. Feel free to email our web editor Michelle Profis at with any ideas you have! We always love to feature more fun ideas from creative blogs like yours.

    Thank you,
    Rori Kotch

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