We’ll be the first to admit that it’s not Halloween without the requisite pumpkin. But what if you’d rather do without the mess and tedium of carving this year? Luckily for you, we have the perfect solution with these adorable yarn ball pumpkins. Watch the video and keep scrolling to read our step-by-step guide.
What You Need
Materials (To Make One)
It’s a straightforward but sticky task to make these cute yarn ball pumpkins. When they’re dry, you can display them as they are, or with string lights tucked inside to make a spooky glow.
We used regular sized balloons for this tutorial, but for smaller balls try with water balloons.
You may want to prepare the drying area ahead of time with some newspapers or cardboard to catch any dripping glue.
STEP 1 – Prepare Balloon
Blow up balloon to half full. The bigger the balloon, the bigger your Yarn Ball Pumpkin will be. For a larger Yarn Ball Pumpkin you will need more yarn.
STEP 2 – Add Vaseline
Rub Vaseline over the balloon. This will help to ensure that the yarn does not stick to the balloon when it’s time to deflate.
STEP 3 – Make Glue Mixture
Mix one cup of craft glue with 1/2 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of water.
STEP 4 – Wind That Yarn
Dunk the yarn into the glue mixture. Squeeze any excess glue from the yarn. Wind the yarn around the balloon to create a haphazard pattern. Make sure the yarn is adhered tight to the surface of the balloon and not loose in any section.
STEP 5 – Leave to Dry
Hang the yarn ball to dry. Leave for a minimum of 48 hours.
STEP 6 – POP it!
Using your fingers, gently press the balloon to loosen it from the yarn. Deflate the balloon using scissors or a needle. Carefully remove the deflated balloon.
STEP 7 – The Finishing Touch
Thread the green pipe cleaner through the top of the yarn ball and twist to create spiral ‘leaves’. Twist the brown pipe cleaner in the same manner and tuck into the yarn ball to create a ‘stem’.
STEP 8 – Spooky Glow
If you’re feeling fancy, you can put in some string lights inside the pumpkins to make them glow!