BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
The Great Yarn Pumpkin is said to appear for a only a few weeks each year. When the leaves change colors and days get shorter, the Great Yarn Pumpkin is near. If you haven't seen or heard of the Great Yarn Pumpkin, there's no need to fear! The simple steps to make your own are right here:
(DGY's Great Yarn Pumpkin is a super easy and clean alternative to pumpkin carving, perfect for kids and crafters of all ages! Plus, the integrity of the pumpkin is preserved, which means it will last much longer than your traditional jack-o-lantern!)
1 Pumpkin - a medium sized pumpkin is used in this example, but any will do.
Wipe your pumpkin down, removing any excess dirt. Figure out the final 'look' you want your pumpkin to have. This example shows a messy approach because we wanted our final pumpkin to look like a darn good yarn ball.
Step 2Find the loose end of your yarn and tape it to the body of the pumpkin.
Step 3Wrap your yarn around the pumpkin to fit your desired final aesthetic. For the 'yarn ball look', wrap your yarn around the pumpkin until no orange can be seen. Use the pumpkin stem as a base to stabilize the yarn.
Once your pumpkin is completely wrapped, cut the yarn as needed. Tuck the loose end of yarn into one of the wrapped layers. You can tie a simple knot to hold the yarn in place, if you'd like.
Use scraps of the same or different yarn to decorate your yarn pumpkin with fun tassels. To make tassels, cut scraps of yarn into pieces that are 4-5" in length. Fold the scrap of yarn in half, end to end, and tuck it into a loop of yarn on the pumpkin.
Pull the two loose ends of yarn through the loop, and pulling them tight to create the tassel. Check out our tutorial for fancier tassels here.
Show us your final work of art! Snap a picture of your Great Yarn Pumpkin and post it using the tags @DarnGoodYarn and #TheGreatYarnPumpkin.