How to Make a Drop Cloth Pumpkin Wreath

7 Materials
2 Hours

Do you love making something gorgeous for just a few dollars? Me too! Today I’m sharing how to make a drop cloth pumpkin wreath using the (very) basics, plus tips for decorating with them!

How to Make Drop Cloth Pumpkins

Cut the drop cloth into 10 inch circles. These could be larger, or different sizes depending on how large you want your pumpkins.

Use doubled thread and sew a 1.5″ stitch all around the edge of your drop cloth. Do not knot the thread on either end, as you’re going to gather your material using the thread.

Carefully pull the threads and it will gather the top edge of your pumpkin.

Stuff your pumpkin with a desired amount of poly fill stuffing, pull your threads tighter and leave a small hole for your stem. Knot the thread. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re doing to cover the top with moss.

Wrap another long strand of thread around your pumpkin, making eight sections. These sections create a more natural pumpkin shape. Once you finish your sections, knot snugly and add your stem. I snapped small pieces of a branch for stems.

Add a little moss and secure stem and moss with hot glue.

Decorating with Drop Cloth Pumpkins

Drop cloth pumpkins can be used in many ways– you could tie a card and use for place cards. They would be pretty on your Fall table or on your mantel.

I added a few of my drop cloth pumpkins in an antique dough bowl for a Fall farmhouse look.

And a few on the kitchen counter, next to this classic blue Mary Hadley pottery.

How to Make a Wreath with Drop Cloth Pumpkins

I decided to try making a live wreath for the kitchen, using what I have or could find in my yard. The only thing I bought was this simple, metal wreath form from the dollar store. I saw this...

and I dreamed this!

You could also do something similar using a stems of faux greenery that will last forever. 

First, I clipped magnolia leaves, boxwood and tea olive branches from my yard. Earlier this year, I collected cedar rose pinecones just waiting for the right project.

Next, I took small bunches of boxwood and went around the wreath, tying with floral wire. I was fine with some of the branches sticking out for a more natural look.

Then, I tucked in tea olive branches and groups of a few magnolia leaves. I used my glue gun to help hold the magnolia leaves. The more bulk you get on the wreath, the easier it is to tuck items into the greenery.

Lastly, I added in my pine cone rosettes and a few drop cloth pumpkins, held in place with hot glue. I like spreading out the decorative elements in bunches of twos and threes.

My natural drop cloth pumpkin wreath is now hanging in the kitchen window. We’ll see how long it lasts. Maybe next time I’ll try drying the greenery first.

I may add some of my  chalk painted pumpkins into the mix, or leave those for the kitchen table. 

This weekend I’ve opened the windows and added an oversized, steamy mug of hot tea and a warm  pumpkin muffin to this scene. 

Want more? Check out  Fall decor, tips and recipes here.

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3 questions
  • GG
    on Oct 4, 2020

    Don't know if I missed the answer....but did you hang with command strip, suction cups or fish leader????

    • GG
      on Oct 6, 2020

      Thanks, Misty. Didn't know if weight would be too much. Cute!!

  • What kind of glue did you use for the green branches? I see you say you used hot glue, but do you know what brand? I've never been able to get green plants to stick! Thank you

  • Jeanne
    on Oct 10, 2020

    How did you make your pumpkin stems?

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