Jute-Wrapped Pumpkins

decor & DIY

I love pumpkins for fall as much as the next girl, and orange is one of my favorite colors, but sometimes, you can experience a little pumpkin overload this time of the year. Know what I mean? So I thought I'd use some dollar store pumpkins to make some fun decorations while toning down their overall pumpkin-ness. {That's a word.}

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are easy and inexpensive to make, while being a gorgeous part of a natural fall look.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

I mean, seriously. Those pumpkins are just plain bad. The two big ones are from the dollar store, and the small one is one I had used in my decorating for the past couple of years until I got it out the other day and was like, "Whoa! You're actually really, really ugly and don't look anything like a real pumpkin."

So I whipped out my jute twine. You can get this stuff pretty much anywhere. I think I got mine at Walmart, but I know they have it at pretty much every craft and fabric store, as well. The larger your pumpkin, the thicker the twine you should use -- otherwise, it will take you all day to cover it.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

Starting on the bottom of the pumpkin, apply a small amount of hot glue and begin winding your twine around in a circle.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

Continue adding glue and winding the twine around. Don't add too much glue at a time, or it will dry before you can get the twine stuck down, and your pumpkin will end up lumpy. For the smaller pumpkin, I would only add enough to glue down about two rows of twine, and for the larger one, I'd go one row at a time.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

Keep gluing the twine down until you get almost all the way to the top. Then, wrap your twine the rest of the way around without gluing it down to see how long of a piece you need to finish it.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

Cut off your twine to the appropriate length, and wrap it the rest of the way. Tuck the end in as best you can. On my little pumpkin, the stem was raised up a bit, so I was able to tuck the end under there.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

On the larger pumpkin, I wanted to have a longer stem than was on there, so I continued gluing the twine on top of itself until I was happy with the stem's length.

If you want to fancy up your pumpkin a bit, you can add on some embellishments. For the larger pumpkin, I made a knotted jute rosette {you can find a tutorial on how to make one here} and glued that on.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

For the small one, I used a little crochet flower from Michael's and then put a tiny knotted jute rosette on top.

These jute-wrapped pumpkins are a gorgeous alternative to traditional orange pumpkin decor.

Do you ever get pumpkin overload in the fall? Do you decorate with orange pumpkins or in a different color scheme?

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Hi, I’m Jenn. I’m a freelance writer and editor who lives in central Pennsylvania with my husband and three boys. Yeah. That’s a lot of testosterone in one house. I love decorating, DIYing, crafting, baking, and cooking, and I’m constantly scouring everything I see for inspiration. My ideas can come from anywhere: Pinterest, books, magazines, stores, TV shows, websites, other blogs, other people’s homes, nature. You name it, and I’ve gotten an idea from it. {Literally. I selected the color scheme for our family room from a pocket pack of tissues. Totally not making that up.} I hope to teach others that, if you really pay attention to the world around you, you can get inspiration from anything! I love to hear from readers, so be sure to leave me a comment! Or, if you’d prefer to email me, you can do that too — just visit my contact form. Thanks for stopping by!

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