These Upcycled Crochet Thread Ball Pumpkins are a Cute Craft for Tweens

If you’re looking for a fun craft to do with your tween this fall, these crochet thread ball pumpkins are super cute and incredibly simple.

Some of the best seasonal crafts are those that take few supplies and little time to create, especially when working with kids, even older ones.

I love the fact that this upcycled craft repurposes spools of crochet thread and turns them into pumpkins that you can place around your house. Because aside from pumpkin spice treats, there’s nothing that gets people excited about fall more than seasonal decorations.

Two orange crochet ball pumpkins on a white table, one sitting on a small wicker basket.

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Fall Decorations for Kids to Make

One of the best things about fall is that it’s the start of decorating season. In our home, we decorate for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. So once the fall stuff goes up, I know we’re entering the best part of the year!

We love filling our home with all kinds of festive décor, including the autumn crafts we’ve made together over the years. While you may not make as many as your kids get older, you should still try to spend some time creating something unique for the season.

I find that it’s a great way to bond with my kids and create some memories that we get to relive every year when we put them around the house. If you want to use your crafts to adorn your home this season, skip the random ones and choose projects that will look good as decorations.

There are a ton of fall crafts for teens that make excellent decorations and these upcycled pumpkins are an excellent choice for tweens. They look great when finished and can easily be customized to fit your décor.

So, gather up your supplies and get started.

Fall Upcycle Craft

This pumpkin craft makes a great upcycle project. If you have any balls of crochet thread in your crafting supplies, repurpose them for this cute project. If you don’t have any, check your local thrift stores. You can often find them on the shelves.

If you’re making these embroidery hoop pumpkins for your autumn décor, many of the supplies can do double duty. You can use the same paint, felt and covered craft wire for this craft too.

Before running to the store, check your craft closet for moss. Most crafters have a partial bag somewhere in their supplies and you don’t need much for this project.

And, you can reuse the cork from a bottle of sparkling wine or use another type of large cork for the stem on these pumpkins.

It’s up to you how much you want to spend on this craft. You can easily grab everything in one trip to a craft store, of if you have the time, try finding the supplies at thrift stores and in your own supplies.

Either way, you’ll have no trouble putting together these fall-themed pumpkins.

Homemade Pumpkins

This fall craft is incredibly simple. You’ll take two skeins of crochet thread and paint them two different shades of orange.

The addition of a cork stem, felt leaves, and brown vines turns the thread balls into a pair of adorable chunky pumpkins that look great on your table for autumn.

Download your leaf pattern and keep reading for detailed instructions and printable supply list.

Customizing the Thread Ball Pumpkins

There are a couple of things you can do to make this project more unique.

  • Change the shape of the pumpkins by choosing a different style of thread ball. Just make sure it’s cotton, so it can dye easily.
  • You don’t have to stick with the standard orange for this craft. Make yourself a rainbow colored pumpkin patch.
  • Want to make it even easier? Buy orange thread and skip the painting step.

Materials Used for the Crochet Thread Pumpkin Craft

Here a few of the supplies you’re going to need.

Crochet Thread Size 3Crochet Thread Size 3Crochet Thread Size 3Acrylic Craft Paint - Candy Corn OrangeAcrylic Craft Paint – Candy Corn OrangeAcrylic Craft Paint - Candy Corn OrangeReindeer MossReindeer MossReindeer MossSparkling Wine CorksSparkling Wine CorksSparkling Wine Corks


Remember that not all supplies needed for the crochet ball pumpkins are listed here.

Crochet Thread Ball Pumpkins

Are you ready to make the craft? Here are step-by-step instructions.

Two pumpkins made from orange colored crochet thread balls.

Upcycled Thread Ball Pumpkin

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Vintage balls of thread, some craft paint, and felt transforms into a pair of chunky pumpkins. It's the perfect style for your Fall home décor or Autumn table decoration.


  • 2 Cotton Crochet Thread Balls
  • Craft Paint – Bright Orange and Burnt Orange
  • Olive Green Felt Scraps
  • 2 Small Plastic Spray Bottles (3 or 4 oz)
  • Craft Moss
  • 2 Champagne Corks
  • Brown Wired Twine
  • Thread ball pumpkin leaf pattern


  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Ruler



Gather all supplies.

Supplies you need to make these DIY crochet thread pumpkins


Squeeze 1 oz. of bright orange craft paint into one of the plastic bottes.

Two small spray bottles, each with a different color orange craft paint inside.

Then, add 2 oz. of water. Replace cap and shake until all paint has dissolved into the water.

Repeat with the burnt orange acrylic craft paint and the second spray bottle.


Remove any labels from the thread.

In a well-ventilated area, or outside, spray the outside of the thread balls with bright orange and burnt orange paint.

Set aside to dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Spraying a white thread ball orange

Mix the colors slightly by very lightly spraying one color on top of the other.

Use a spray bottle filled with orange paint to color thread for pumpkins


Measure and cut two 12” lengths of wired twine using wire cutters. Wrap around a pencil, and then slide off to create a vine.

Stretch and bend the wire to create a pumpkin vine.

Brown twine wrapped around a pencil. Cutting tool next to it.


Download and print the leaf pattern and cut it out. Lay it onto a piece of olive green craft felt and cut out two with scissors.

To create dimension, apply a dot of glue at the base of each leaf and fold in half.

Tracing leaves onto green felt and cutting them out


Attach a champagne cork to the front center of the hole at the top of the thread ball with a glue gun and glue sticks. Hold in place until the glue dries completely.

Fill in the rest of the hole with small amounts of moss.

Glue the wired twine vine and the leaf to the back of the cork stem.

Finishing a pumpkin craft by adding on the stem and leaves.

Your family and friends will never know how quick and easy this trendy Autumn décor was to create!

You can also pair it with a pumpkin spice treat to make the perfect seasonal gift.

2 different crochet thread balls painted two different colors of orange.

Looking for something different? You don't have to stick with orange - create a colorful pumpkin patch this fall by using a variety of colors for your thread ball pumpkins.


Make sure you use cotton crochet thread. It needs to be cotton for the painting process to work.

This is a quick and easy craft. The longest part will be waiting for the paint to dry. That may take longer than the 25 minutes listed above.

You can change things up by creating a variety of colors of thread ball pumpkins.

Check the Dollar Store and local thrift store for the materials for this project. Use materials you already have for and upcycle craft.

Don't forget to download the leaf pattern.

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Fall is a great time for you and your tweens to make some crafts that you can use to decorate for the season. This upcycled pumpkin craft is not only easy to make, it’s a great way to use up some supplies. And the pumpkins will look incredibly cute on your mantle or table.

Two orange pumpkins made from a ball of crochet thread on a white wooden table.

Fall Craft Ideas

If you’re looking for more crafts to make with your tweens this fall, check these out.

Are you excited to make your own thread pumpkins?

Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
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