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Recycled Craft: No-Sew Halloween Pumpkin

no-sew spool pumpkin craftI just cannot escape this feeling of Fall prevailing upon me. How about you? Are you ready to get out the kiddos and start making some Halloween crafts, or what! This simple kid’s craft uses household items, including a recycled thread spool, and can be completed in less than 30 minutes. But, just to warn you, you may find you want to make a bunch…or should I say a patch of them. I came up with this craft during my couch reupholster project when I went through about five or six spools of thread. The spools were small and wooden, which cannot be recycled so I created this kids craft to reuse my thread spools.
Fabric-covered Spool Pumpkins are an easy project with a high quality, decorative outcome. Use various sized spools to make one for each family member or create your own pumpkin patch!


Empty Spool from thread
Cotton Balls
Tacky Glue
Orange fabric (I used fleece)
Pointy end of a paint brush
Green wire twist tie
Step 1
Spread tacky glue on the spool where the thread was.
Step 2
Add cotton balls to the glue area.Halloween spool pumpkin_step
Step 3
Cut your fabric to be wide enough to wrap around your cotton ball covered spool and long enough to stuff into the center hole of the spool.
Step 4
Wrap the fabric around the spool so it looks cylindrical, overlapping the ends. Using the pointed end of a thin paint brush, push the top ends of the fabric into the hole in the top of the spool.
Flip it over and repeat, pushing the bottom fabric into the spool hole on the bottom.
Step 5
Curl the green twist tie to look like a pumpkin stem and push it into the top hole of the spool.
Optional: Kids can make their pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern by adding black felt features!
Made in a Day

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Recycled Craft: No-Sew Halloween Pumpkin

  1. Shannon@Mishmash Mama September 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    I LOVE your blog. I’m really excited to work together. These pumpkins are genius, and would work with all the plastic spools we have, too!
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  2. Rebecca@mr.potatohead costumes October 10, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    you’re a genius! this is definitely easy to make.
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