Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY for Halloween | NONAGON.style
Skip Carving and Make These DIY Yarn Ball Pumpkins Instead

Skip Carving and Make These DIY Yarn Ball Pumpkins Instead


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NONAGON.style Team
on October 16th 2018
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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)
1. 30m of Orange Yarn
2. 1 x Balloon
3. 1 x Cup of Craft Glue
4. 1/2 x Cup of Corn Starch
5. 1/4 x Cup of Water
6. 1 x Green Pipe Cleaner
7. 1 x Brown Pipe Cleaner
1. String or wire (for hanging to dry)
2. Scissors or a needle (to pop the balloon)
1. Battery operated string lights


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.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Step One - Blow up balloons | NONAGON.style
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.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Apply Vaseline over the balloon | NONAGON.style
STEP 3 – Make Glue Mixture

Mix one cup of craft glue with 1/2 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of water.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Step Three - Make glue mixture | NONAGON.style
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.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Step Four - Wind the yarn | NONAGON.style
STEP 5 – Leave to Dry

Hang the yarn ball to dry. Leave for a minimum of 48 hours.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Step Five - Leave to dry | NONAGON.style
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.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Step Six - Pop balloon | NONAGON.style
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’.

Yarn Ball Pumpkins DIY: Step Seven - Add pipe cleaner leaves and stem | NONAGON.style
STEP 8 – Spooky Glow

If you’re feeling fancy, you can put in some string lights inside the pumpkins to make them glow!

How did you get on with this cute-as-a-button Halloween DIY? Share your Yarn Ball Pumpkins with us on Instagram using the hashtag #N9Home or tagging us @NONAGONstyle!


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