These cute little pumpkins of mine are one of a kind! They’re entirely covered with moss and look absolutely natural. A few twine strips run from top to bottom to form the ridges that give them a clear pumpkin shape. You can mix them with some natural pumpkins in a basket to give a rustic feel. Alternatively, combine them with some stylish objects on a mantel or a console table and they’ll create a more eclectic effect!
Here are the steps so that you can make your own:
I started with a decorative pumpkin, the kind that is entirely filled with foam. Mine was rather small in size, just about 3.5 inches high.
I also got some artificial craft moss. There are many types available. Instead of the fluffy kind, I chose the soil topper-12 inch discs. They look like plastic nets covered with moss and they come in packages of three.
I cut slices of moss, just like cutting a pizza, and adhered them onto the pumpkin with the hot glue gun and by pressing down with the tip of a flat knife. Watch out, it’s burning hot!
I carved the bottom part of the pumpkin foam to create a couple of inches deep opening. This will facilitate passing the needle out and creating space for the knots, as you will see further down.
Once the pumpkin was mostly covered in moss, I threaded some jute twine into a tapestry needle and pushed the needle inside the pumpkin, as close to the stem as possible. I used pliers to reach and pull the needle out from the other side,
I then removed the needle from the twine, arranged the twine in place, attached both ends tightly with a knot close to the opening and cut the excess twine. I continued adding more twine strips around the pumpkin at even intervals to create the ridges.
I added small patches of moss to all the uncovered parts.
This is the bottom side of the pumpkin with the twine in place.
As a last step, I cut a round piece of moss to totally cover the carved bottom opening and the knots.
The stem was dark brown and I painted it a lighter color so it would show a little more.
I also covered a larger pumpkin with moss. This one was a craft carvable pumpin, about 6.5 inches high, and was empty on the inside. I made an opening with a sharp knife on its bottom part and followed the same steps as above. However, I had to hit the needle with a hammer to help it pass through the top part of this rigid plastic pumpkin.
Here is a close up to show you the detail on the top part of the pumpkin.