Simply Scrappy Industrial Pumpkins

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins


Hey friends! I wanted to share this sweet and simple way to create some unique pumpkins for your fall decorating.

I love using objects from around the house as I did in my fall tablescape. This is another project where shopping your home doesn’t cost a whole lot (just some time and creativity) and you can make room for some new fall items in your closet too.


Step 1.

galvanized metal orbs

Galvanized metal orbs. I had these sitting on a bookshelf in my office. They were originally purchased from Hobby Lobby. If you really wanted to get your DIY on, these industrial pumpkins were constructed by hand.


Step 2.

scraps of fabric from flannel shirts for simply scrappy pumpkins

Search the clothes closet and drawers for some old flannel shirts that have a fall color scheme. I chose three different patterns of plaid for my industrial pumpkins. You could also take a drive over to your closest Goodwill or thrift store and find a few flannels. Scraps of fabric would also work just the same if you have those lying around your craft room.

Step 3.

industrial pumpkin tutorial by dandelion patina

Once you have your fabric/shirts selected start cutting up scraps and stuffing them into the galvanized orbs. As you fill, shape the fabric inside the orb to maintain the round shape.

Step 4.

leaves and branches for scrappy pumpkins

Now it is time to create the stem, vines, and leaves. I used a thick pine branch and cut it into several pieces. The pine is easy to cut and gives a nice aroma. The faux leaves were left over from my fall tablescape project. The floral wire was found in our craft room, but can be purchased at any local craft supply store. I curled the wire by wrapping it around a pencil several times.

Step 5.

industrial pumpkins by dandelion patina

Step 6.

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins

Add a bed of spanish moss to a wooden tray and place the industrial pumpkins inside. This now becomes a nice centerpiece for a dining table or coffee table. And when the pumpkin season is over, just remove all the fabric and supplies (as none of the supplies were glued down) and return those galvanized orbs to the bookshelf.

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins by dandelion patina


What projects are you working on for this fall season?

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  1. Very cute and clever!. This idea would also look nice using the method where you take string and glue it around a balloon in random directions and then pop the balloon when it dries. A project that I would like to do is something with white pumpkins…not sure still thinking 🙂
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  2. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I love the finished effect and this is a great way to use up old materials. It looks so pretty too! – Tasha
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  3. Woah!! These are so cool & unique! As an engineer anything with even a small resemblance to the industrial scrap metal look appeal to me these are no exception. That’s fantastic, thanks so much for linking these up at Welcome Home Wednesdays…I’m still in awe at the simplicity and uniqueness!
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  4. Oh my goodness….what a great idea! I love their industrial look and yet they still have the great look of fall! Thanks for sharing…..

  5. I’m always so amazed by you! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls


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