An upcycled Halloween craft: Pumpkins made from T-shirts

I’ve known designer Lorine Mason for years, and have watched her design career soar. When Lorine contacted me the other day about her PumpkinHeads, and asked if I’d like to feature them on Crafts ‘n Coffee, I didn’t hesitate. These little Pumpkins are the cutest Halloween craft for kids – and adults. You upcycle T-shirts for this pumpkin craft, and one shirt will make a whole patch of pumpkins. This is a great Halloween craft for families, friends, classrooms and scout troops, because everyone can personalize his/her pumpkin craft and punch it up with a little personality.

kid's Halloween pumpkin crafts

PumpkinHeads designed by Lorine Mason

To make a PumpkinHead, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:  2” and 2-1/2” balls (or larger, if you like)
  • T-shirts, orange & green
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Googly eyes
  • Pompoms
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Accessories for your PumpkinHead: Pony beads; punched paper leaves; miniature tennis racket, baseball, or other sports equipment; eyeglasses; earrings; ribbon; etc.
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; rotary cutter & cutting mat (optional)

To make a PumpkinHead:

1. For the 2” ball, cut fourteen, 16” long strips from the orange T-shirt; for the 2-1/2” ball, cut sixteen, 20” strips. Cut two, 6” strips. Cut two, 10” strips from the green T-shirt.

2. Pull the T-shirt strips taut, so that they form tubes. Gather together the 16” strips, fold in half, and wrap the 6” strip around the center and tie a knot. Fan out the strips to form a circle. Repeat with the 20” strips.

upcycled t-shirt Halloween crafts for kdis

You’ll fold the T-shirt strips in half and tie a 6″ strip around the middle. Then, fan them out before covering the ball.

3. Press the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on a flat surface to slightly flatten one side. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto the center knot and press the flat side of the foam ball onto the glue. Bring the strips up and around the ball, arranging them evenly to cover the ball. Tie the 10” green strip around the top of the ball, holding all the strips in place.

how to make a Halloween pumpkin craft from recycled t-shirts

Tie one of the 10″ green strips around the top of the ball.

4. Finish off the green strip by tying in a bow or a knot, or wrapping the ends around the orange strips, creating a stem. Cut off the excess green strip and glue the ends in place. Style your PumpkinHead’s hair: tie a bow; tie overhand knots in each strand; trim the strands to different lengths; and/or add beads. Refer to the project photo for ideas.

fun pumpkin crafts for kids made from recycled t-shirts

Add your face and then accessorize your PumpkinHead.

5. Glue on eyes and pompom nose; glue a bottle top onto the bottom of each pumpkin. Accessorize!

Thank you so much, Lorine, for sharing your PumpkinHeads with us. BTW, Lorine has a new web site and blog that you all should check out. She’s a licensed product designer, an often-published craft designer, and the author of ten ‘how to’ sewing books. I hope to feature more of Lorine’s work sometime soon . . .

Happy crafting.


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9 Responses to An upcycled Halloween craft: Pumpkins made from T-shirts

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  3. JuneA** says:

    These are so seriously CUTE!

  4. Wilma says:

    So very cute and resourceful. I have plenty of t-shirts !

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