Style, Decor & More: How To Make Plush Velvet Pumpkins & Acorns On A Budget

How To Make Plush Velvet Pumpkins & Acorns On A Budget


Fall has officially arrived and it's time to spruce up your home with soft touches of autumn! Today I'm going to show you how to create seasonal plush pumpkins and acorns to add color, texture, and charm to your living space. Just imagine a festive centerpiece of plush pumpkins, acorns, and hand-picked pinecones welcoming fall into your home! And best of all, these velvety accents are super easy to make and budget friendly, too! 


COST-SAVING TIPS:

I wanted to share a few cost-saving tips to keep the cost of this DIY project to a minimum. 

Pumpkin Stems. As you have probably noticed, I use tree branches as stems, rather than the adorable, but costly, pumpkin stems. A set of ten pumpkin stems will cost you approximately $20 on Etsy and e-Bay. I think the branch stems look fine for simple home decor, however, if you are making the pumpkins as gifts, it may be worth it to use pumpkin stems. Call your local produce farms who sell pumpkins or check with friends who have a garden. Who knows? You may get lucky.


Stretch Velvet. Panne stretch velvet is sold by the yard at JOANN Fabric, Etsy, e-Bay, and Amazon. It will cost anywhere from $5-8/yard and comes in a variety of colors. Read reviews to ensure you are getting the quality and color you need. Also, JOANN will often have sales and coupons that can be clipped directly from your phone. Ibotta also offers additional savings at JOANN's and other stores and is seriously my favorite shopping app. If you are new to Ibotta, check out the app and use my referral code osyf4g to receive a $10 welcome bonus!  Saving at grocery stores is especially easy. Add your shopper's card once and whenever you shop and purchase the items you clipped, it automatically deposits the money in your account in approximately 24 hours.  

Fiberfill. Yikes! Fiberfill is expensive and I'm not sure why? When possible, shop for deals and always use a coupon Using fiberfill from old throw pillows is also an option. I used fill from older pillows that had seen better days and were tossed around by teenagers. The fiberfill was surprisingly white and fluffy.

Repurpose fabric. Do you have any old tops or dresses made of velvet? Repurpose the velvet clothing and you won't need to purchase fabric. 


Now that you've hopefully found some ways to save, let's get started:

PLUSH PUMPKINS

Supplies:
Panne Velvet Fabric
Fiberfill
Pumpkin Stem
Bowl
Marker or Pen
Scissors
Beans or Rice
Sewing Needle
Sewing Thread (Heavy-duty thread works best)


DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut your fabric.

Using your scissors, cut a circle using the velvet fabric. I used a 10" diameter bowl as my guide and turned it upside down to trace a circle. The circle can also be cut free hand as edges do not have to be perfectly straight.

2. Baste the edges.

Thread a needle with heavy-duty thread and tie a knot at the end of the thread. The thread should be about 20" long if you are using a 20" diameter bowl. Baste around the edges as shown in image #1 below, cinching/pulling the thread lightly as you baste around the circle. See image #2 below. NOTE: DO NOT cut the thread when you have reached the end.

Note: The closer your basting stitches, the more lines and puckering you will have on your pumpkin. 
  
   
3. Fill the pumpkin.

Place approximately 1 cup of beans, rice or pellets inside the pumpkin to give it a 'bean bag-type base' as shown in image #2.  
3. Stuff the pumpkin.

Use fiber fill to stuff the pumpkin until it is firm and full. 

4. Create a dimple

Use the needle and thread and place it through the center of the pumpkin and pull it through to the underside. Take the needle back up through the center and pull tightly creating a dimple on the underside of the pumpkin. (Image #4).

5. Stitch hole closed.

Pull the needle and thread tightly to keep the dimple defined and use criss-cross stitching across the top of the hole until it is closed. (Image #5)

6. Glue the stem.

Use a hot glue gun or craft glue to secure your stem.

Voila! You are finished creating your first velvet pumpkin! Now, the acorns are made almost the same as the pumpkins, except you do not need to add beans or make a dimple. 


PLUSH ACORNS

SUPPLIES:

Panne Velvet Fabric
Sewing Needle
Sewing Thread
Fiber Fill or Cotton Balls
Scissors
Large Acorn Caps

1. Cut your fabric

Cut a two-inch circle from the velvet fabric. Place fiberfill in the center and place your thumb over the fiberfill. 

2. Baste the edges.

Holding the fiberfill in place with your left thumb, baste the outer edges of the circle, pulling and cinching fabric as you make your way around the circle.  It is important to have the fiberfill inside as it will be harder to fill once the basting is finished. Make adjustments to the fiberfill, if needed. If it is too full, remove some of the fiberfill and if it is not full enough, add some fiberfill.  

3. Stitch hole closed.  

Pull the needle and thread tightly to close the hole and use criss-cross stitching across the top of the hole until it is closed.

4. Glue Acorn Cap. Glue an acorn cap over the top of the hole. 

Easy peasy, right? Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to create several pumpkins and acorns to display on mantels, in centerpieces, or in an entryway to cheerfully welcome guests.

Happy fall! 


 xoxo,



  




     




34 comments :

  1. Very cute ideas and so simple! Hope I can make them as cute as you did!

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    1. Hi Ivonne! Thanks. And I know you can do it! They are super easy and would look adorable in your new home! I hope you are moved in and getting settled.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  2. Thanks for the cost saving tips. The branch stems are a great idea and I can't wait to make the acorns.

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    1. Hi Stephanie. I always love beautiful things that don't break the bank!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  3. The acorns are too cute. I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Thanks, Nancy.

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    1. Hi Emma! I'm obsessed with the velvet pumpkins & acorns and ready to make them in every color!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend making the acorns!!!
      nancy

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  4. It is a great craft to do with kids and to celebrate the fall and Halloween. These pumpkins would go great on my mantel if I can find room.

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    1. Hi Melissa, Definitely fun for kids. Since the circles don't have to be perfect, kids can cut them and add the beans and stuffing. They'll love it!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  5. Ahh! Those are so amazing! THIS is why I love fall so much. Nothing is more fun than filling the house with fun stuff like this.

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    1. I agree, Stacie! It's fun to change up the decor without spending a lot of money, too!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  6. These pumpkins look amazing! I love decorating for the fall. I've never seen such great decor ideas. I have to make these!

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    1. Thanks, Dana. The pumpkins are very easy to make and I'm already planning color schemes for next year!
      Thank you for stopping by!
      nancy

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  7. those are SERIOUSLY cute. I never would have thought to make something like this and now I HAVE to have one.

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    1. Hi MM, The pumpkins are a lot of fun to make. I'm a little obsessed with them right now and I've been placing them in just about every room of the house. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  8. Wow, they look so pretty! I'm loving the fall decoration possibilities that they open up. A lot could be done with some choice colors!

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    1. Hi Liz, I agree! I used fabric from past projects, but you could go with a pastel or royal colored theme - so pretty!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  9. I think all of these are adorable. I love the look of the branch stems.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. When I saw pumpkin stems were around $20 on eBay, I said there has to be a less expensive alternative. :) The branch stems worked!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  10. Ok, those are adorable. I am terrible at sewing but you make these look so easy. I want to make some for myself.

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    1. Hi Pam! It's super easy. Give it a try!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  11. I love this! It's so beautiful! I need to make one of these nice displays. I think it would be perfect for our home.

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    1. Hi Kathy, The pumpkins are super easy to make. Definitely give it a try. You'll want them all throughout your home! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  12. I've never seen anything like these, I just adore the vintage look! These would be cute in any home.

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    1. Hi Jenna, I agree. The pumpkins would like nice in a rustic, traditional or contemporary home. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I am in love with these plush velvet pumpkins. I want to add more seasonal decor to my house. These will be perfect.

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    1. Hi Sherry! Once you see how easy the pumpkins are to make, you will be adding them everywhere throughout your home! lol
      Thanks for stopping by!
      nancy

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  14. Toni | Boulder LocavoreOctober 3, 2018 at 4:17 AM

    I really love this idea! Looks really gorgeous!

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  15. So pretty! Love the colors and how chic it looks!

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  16. Wow these are absolutely beautiful! They add such character for the season!

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    1. Thank you! I agree. The pumpkins do add character to any room decor. I'm really enjoying them and they were soooo easy to make.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Happy fall!

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  17. This velvet pumpkin diy is a very cute fall craft. I have seen them in stores and they are quite costly.

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    1. Hi Susan! I agree. I have seen crazy prices out there and these little pumpkins are soooo fun to make, too.
      Thanks for swinging by!
      nancy

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