Fall leaves + pumpkins are a few of my favorite things! And this DIY Leaf Pumpkin combines both. I was intrigued by Kathleen George’s tutorial to DIY this Leaf Pumpkin and her use of adhesive sheets to adhere the leaves to the pumpkin she carved from a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Plus, she used real leaves to make her Leaf Pumpkin, which means a lovely walk in the woods. The real leaves will naturally age and shift in color. If you prefer, you could easily substitute silk leaves – it’s all up to you and the look you like.
To make a Leaf Pumpkin, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6″ ball
- Fall leaves (Kathleen used real leaves; you could also use silk leaves)
- Double-sided adhesive sheets, such as Peel ‘n Stick by ThermoWeb
- Plastic wrap
- Wood dowel, ½” x 2”
- Acrylic craft paint in brown
- Wire, 9” length
- Spray sealer
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Construction paper
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; rubber bands, three; Xacto® knife; permanent maker; tablespoon; paintbrush
To make a Leaf Pumpkin:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle, and cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the foam ball.
2. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections. Using a marker, draw a line along each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.
3. Cut out a V-shaped line about 3/8”- ½” deep along each of the marker lines using the Exacto knife. Smooth and round the cut edges with the backside of a tablespoon.
4. Insert a sharp pencil in the top of the ball. Remove pencil and insert and the wood dowel, making sure it will fit. Remove the dowel.
5. Carefully peel away one side of the double-sided adhesive. Select your favorite leaves – best color, shape, etc., and place the leaves onto the sticky side of the adhesive sheet. Fill the entire sheet with leaves, arranging them as close together as possible without overlapping. When the sheet is full, cover with plastic wrap and then rub firmly, making sure the leaves are well adhered.
6. Cut out the individual leaves.
7. Starting with the larger leaves and working with one leaf at a time, remove the back of the adhesive sheet and adhere the leaf to the pumpkin. Overlap the leaves to cover the pumpkin as you go. Use the smaller leaves to fill in any gaps. If the leaves wrinkle or won’t lay flat, carefully cut the leaf along a vein or two and then adhere to the pumpkin. Do not cover the hole at the top.
8. Paint the stem brown and when the paint is dry, glue in the hole at the top of the pumpkin.
9. Wrap a piece of wire around a pencil, creating a coiled tendril. Insert the tendril into the pumpkin next to the stem.
10. If you’d like to add leaves to the stem, adhere a few of the cut-out leaves onto construction paper. Glue leaves to the stem and the tendril.
11. Spray on sealer and let dry.
Here’s another beautifully natural fall craft Kathleen shared with us — her Preserved Leaf Wreath.
Have you started thinking about the fall? Next week is a turning point here, as it’s back to school on Wednesday. Plus, there’s the eclipse! We won’t see the full eclipse here, but I plan to view what I can. Do you have eclipse viewing plans?