Another fall craft! How to make a Leaf Pumpkin

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.

DIY a Leaf Pumpkin

Leaf Pumpkin by Kathleen George

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.

DIY a leaf pumpkin

It’s like a patchwork quilt of 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.

DIY a Leaf Pumpkin

Using real leaves gives the pumpkin a warm, natural finish. If you’d like a brighter finish, use silk leaves.

Here’s another beautifully natural fall craft Kathleen shared with us — her Preserved Leaf Wreath.

DIY Fall Leaf Wreath

Preserved Leaf Wreath by Kathleen George

Diane Flowers also shared this Fall Leaf & Textured Cube, and here’s the link to her tutorial.

DIY fall leaf centerpiece

Fall Leaves & Textured Cube by Diane Flowers

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?

Happy crafting!


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14 Responses to Another fall craft! How to make a Leaf Pumpkin

  1. Katiria says:

    I did the same thing. I gave my son my glasses so he could see it from school and he said it was really cool to see the sun with a bite taken out of it like a cookie or a lucky charm.
    I saw it online. Annehaun has a point! Why risk not being able to see the cute crafts you post?

  2. Tomorrow is a 90% eclipse here in Central Illinois. One of my sisters from WI and her family will be in Southern IL for the full 100% eclipse. Lots of electric road signs in MO this week to tell people to plan accordingly due to the 100% eclipse that will be present there. Another exciting craft from Sharon! Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, you’ll get an excellent view just staying put! I heard that southern IL will also have the longest eclipse, so your sister may be in for a real treat. It’s going to be interesting to hear the eclipse stories from around the country! Stay safe, Angie, and happy crafting! Sharon

  3. OMG! lol of these are stunning! I love the look with real leaves! I know my neighbor would also love these! I might have to try making her a wreath for her classroom or print out the instructions so she can make it with her class!
    Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great weekend and CRAFT ON!

    • I can’t wait to see the eclipse! I am going to make one of e pinhole viewer or wear hubbies welding mask for viewing it. I just wish Jenna was here on Mondays so she could watch with me! 😢

      • Sharon says:

        Take care, Barb, and be sure to keep your eyes safe. It’s a little cloudy here, so who knows what will be visible. Thanks for stopping by! Sharon

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much for sharing with your neighbor. She could have the kids bring in leaves from home, and everyone could contribute to the wreath. I think that’s half the fun with this one — taking a walk and gathering the leaves. Craft on to you, too, Barb! Sharon

  4. annehaun says:

    No eclipse for me – do not want to risk harming my eyes. If I harmed them I could not do all the craft ideas you post!!

  5. Katiria says:

    I will try to sneak out of work to see the eclipse even if we only get 80% totality here. I will send my son to school with some eclipse glasses in case they let him go outside. Some schools are keeping kids inside during the event but some are cancelling classes that day.

    • Sharon says:

      Be sure you wear glasses, too! I’m giving my eclipse glasses to my daughter, who will be on a school trip, so I will have to see if I can find another pair. Just about everyone is sold out, so I don’t know if I’ll find a pair. I see that there will be a full eclipse over Cleveland in seven years, so if I miss the partial eclipse this year, there’s always 2024! Stay safe and enjoy! Sharon

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