Leaf Pumpkin DIY for Fall

You’ll love this chubby little pumpkin fall craft

Hey y’all, it’s that time of the year again—fall is here! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and pumpkins are everywhere. But what if you could bring a little bit of that autumn magic indoors? Today, I’m gonna show you how to make adorable little pumpkins using silk leaves and newspaper and basically nothing else. Yep, you heard me right. This DIY for fall is as easy as pie, and you’ll end up with a cute decoration that screams fall!

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finished leaf pumpkin DIY for fall
Photo by DIY Homesteading 101, Alina Bradford

Why this craft is awesome

Okay, here’s why I think this DIY for fall is pretty cool:

  1. Super easy: Seriously, y’all, this is a craft anyone can do. You don’t need to be a crafting wizard to make these pumpkins.
  2. Budget-friendly: Most of the materials you’ll need are things you probably already have lying around the house.
  3. Customizable: Choose your own colors and sizes to make pumpkins that are uniquely you.
  4. Kid-friendly: This is a great craft to do with the kiddos. Just supervise them with the hot glue gun, and you’re good to go.
  5. It’s a pumpkin: Who doesn’t like a good pumpkin craft? And pumpkins are just so cute.

What you’ll need

  • Newspaper
  • Tape (I used packing tape, but you can use any kind)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Silk leaves (in colors of your choice)
  • A stick from your yard

Step 1: Crumple that newspaper

First off, grab some old newspaper. Don’t just crumple it into a loose ball; you want to crumple it up real tight. The tighter the ball, the better your pumpkin will hold its shape. Once you’ve got a nice, tight newspaper ball, tape it up so it stays that way.

Step 2: Glue on the leaves

Now comes the fun part—decorating your newspaper ball with silk leaves. You can use a hot glue gun for this. Pick any color you like; I went with orange because it screams fall to me. But hey, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not mix it up? Use some yellow, red, and orange leaves to give your pumpkin a multi-colored look.

Step 3: Make the stem

Next, you’ll need a stem for your pumpkin. Just break off a small piece of a stick from your yard. Nothing fancy, any old stick will do. Cut a small hole in the top of your newspaper ball, apply some hot glue to the stick, and ram that thing down in the hole. Make sure it’s secure; you don’t want a stemless pumpkin, do you?

Step 4: Final touches

Once your stem is in place, you can add a few more leaves around the stem for that extra fall flair. Just dab a bit of hot glue on the leaves and stick ’em on. And voila! You’ve got yourself a stinking cute little silk leaf pumpkin.

Show off your creations

I made a bunch of these in all different shapes and sizes, and they look so darn cute together. You can place them on your mantel, use them as table centerpieces or even give them away as gifts. Another good idea would be to glue a bunch to a wreath form for your front door.

So there you have it, folks. A simple, budget-friendly and utterly adorable easy craft to welcome fall into your home. Now go on, get crafting!