DIY Fall Decor: How to Make Stylish Dryer Vent Pumpkins

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
5 Materials
45 Minutes

Fall is in the air (or it would be if the temperature would finally drop, so the leaves could change color). I absolutely love, love, love fall! The brisk air, the colored leaves, the pumpkins ... I just love it all.

So I was super excited when I found out how to make this adorable Dryer Vent Pumpkin. I'm always looking for new fall decor ideas, and I just found my favorite for this year.

Tools and Materials:

Materials for Dryer Vent Pumpkins

1. Glue the Vent Together

First, take your dryer vent, and apply hot glue around the edge of the vent piece. 

Close-up of a 1.5-foot dryer vent piece for the pumpkin craft

This step is crucial for binding the vent together and forming the pumpkin's body. Feel free to be as generous as you'd like with the glue—it'll ensure a sturdy pumpkin.

Pinching the two sides together to form the pumpkin body

Then I pinched the two sides together to make the pumpkin body.

Spray painting the dryer vent pumpkin

2. Paint the Pumpkin (optional)

Spray paint the pumpkin around the top, then allow it to dry for about 20 minutes. Afterward, flip it upside down and paint the underside.

Due to the plastic texture of the vent, you might notice that the spray paint takes a bit longer to dry than usual, typically around an hour and a half.

Keep in mind that this step is entirely optional. The Dryer Vent Pumpkins can look equally charming in white if you prefer a different look.

Adding a stick to the DIY pumpkin

3. Add a Stick

To give your pumpkin that authentic stem, apply a dab of hot glue to the hole you've created and insert the stick.

This step adds character to your creation and brings it closer to resembling a real pumpkin.

ying raffia around the stick

4. Add Raffia

To add the finishing touch, tie some raffia around the stick. This step is anything but optional; it truly completes the pumpkin's look. If you're feeling creative, you can even experiment with other materials like burlap for a different style.

Discover More DIY Pumpkin Ideas

Explore additional pumpkin projects in our Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decor guide.

Pumpkin Patch in Entryway

Look at my lovely little pumpkin patch in my entranceway! Isn't it adorable? These would also make a fun centerpiece for Thanksgiving.

If you have any questions or want to share your own pumpkin crafts, please feel free to comment below. 

Suggested materials:
  • Dryer Vent   (Orange spray paint)
  • Stick   (Hot glue)
  • Raffia
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  • Pam Hancock Pam Hancock on Oct 30, 2017

    You said cost 1.00 where do u get the dryer hose so cheap

  • Winnie Dupre Winnie Dupre on Oct 30, 2017

    Any ideas for Christmas?

  • Jeds Jeds on Oct 30, 2017

    any ideas for a " unique" backsplash in the kitchen. I don't like tiles with grout. I'm redoing the kitchen with oak cabinets and granite counter tops and need something that's EASY to clean. Right now I have tin.

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  • Steve Harris Steve Harris on Oct 30, 2017

    I wonder if the segment of hose could be turned inside out before making the pumpkin. If it can, it might look even more like a pumpkin with the convex sections rounded and the concave sections more like a pumpkin's deep "V" shape.

  • Sus7690086 Sus7690086 on Sep 24, 2021

    Adorable! Will definitely do this. Thanks for sharing!