Autumn is such a gift, as it gives us plenty of natural elements we can bring indoors and use in fun and functional ways. For this simple DIY project, you don’t need to make a run to the store, you just need to head outdoors and use what nature is giving you as part of your supplies. The Little Leaf Pumpkin is the perfect fall craft, and when you are done it becomes the perfect fall décor piece. Take a look below at how simple it is to make your own using the items that nature provides.
Rustic Fall Leaf Pumpkin
- An assortment of large leaves. Leaves will be easier to handle when dried, so once you have picked up an assortment of leaves you should lay them flat in a sunny window or other warm spot. This will allow them to dry out and get crunchy.
- Medium sized craft foam ball. These can be found at your local dollar or craft store for under $2.
- Hot glue and hot glue gun.
1. First, you will want your leaves to be dried out well as mentioned above. Once they are, break them in half so you have smaller pieces to work with.
2. Take your craft foam ball and using a knife, slice a small amount off the bottom so the ball can sit flat when set down and not roll.
3. Apply a line of craft glue to the ball, starting at the top and running the line of glue down to the bottom.
4. Working quickly, apply the edge of a leaf to the glue and hold in place until secure. You will not be laying the leaf flat, but instead so it creates almost a wing sticking out of the ball.
5. Repeat this process until your foam ball is well covered. You may need to go back and fill in any spots you may have missed. Add a dab of glue and some leaf bits to any spot that needs fluffing up or filling in.
6. Once your foam ball is covered, you will notice a pumpkin shape has formed. You can now accent your pumpkin a few different ways. You can glue a small twig to the top to act as a stem, or tuck a leaf or two into the top, using a drop of glue to secure. You can leave the pumpkin in its natural state, or paint for a pop of color.
Apply a light coat of clear spray sealant if you wish to protect your pumpkin for years to come. Otherwise, just be sure to handle gently as the dry leaves will be fragile .
This rustic DIY project is such a cinch and a great way to use all of the crunchy fall leaves that surround you!