Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pumpkin Week: Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins

Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

We made it to the final day of Pumpkin Week! I hope you've had fun following along and found an idea you want to try - you can see all my pumpkin ideas at the end of this post. To wrap things up, we're going with a tried and true supply, the classic pipe cleaner (or chenille stem, or fuzzy stick, or whatever fancy term you prefer to call them). Turns out, pipe cleaners and pumpkins were meant to be together!


The cool thing I discovered is that a pipe cleaner stretches perfectly down the side of a 9" faux pumpkin. I used these thicker pipe cleaners and ran them down each ridge of the pumpkin.

Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

I also played around with cutting the pipe cleaners into small pieces and gluing them randomly around the pumpkin to look like confetti.

Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

Supplies for Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins


  • Faux or real pumpkins (I like the 9" white faux pumpkins best!)
  • Pipe cleaners / chenille stems (I used both regular sized and jumbo sized)
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors


How to Make Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins


1. Add a small dab of hot glue to the top of the pumpkin at the start of one of the crevices, and press the end of a pipe cleaner into the hot glue. Use the "low" setting on the hot glue to avoid burning your finger! I used thicker pipe cleaners for this pumpkin, but the regular width would work great as well!


2. Wrap the pipe cleaner down the pumpkin, adding a small dab of hot glue halfway down, and one a the bottom of the pumpkin to secure it.


3. Continue working around the pumpkin, covering each crevice with a pipe cleaner. I alternated between four different colors for mine.

Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

4. For the confetti style pumpkin, cut regular width pipe cleaners into small pieces and add to the pumpkin with a small dab of hot glue on the back.



Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

Thanks again for following along with Pumpkin Week! Which idea was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Pipe cleaners and pumpkins make the perfect match for a fun Halloween pumpkin decorating idea! #pumpkinideas #pipecleaners #pipecleanercrafts #halloweencrafts

More Pumpkin Decorating Ideas!


Just click on an image below for the step-by-step tutorial for each pumpkin idea:

Baker's twine pumpkins - such a fun way to dress up the stems! .   These pretty fall leaf pumpkins use tissue paper leaves and Mod Podge - so easy!

Make a creepy-crawly pumpkin with mice and snakes for Halloween! .   Use vinyl scraps to make this fun geometric modern pumpkin

Use pom-poms to create modern and colorful no carve pumpkins! .   

Make these geometric glitter sticker pumpkins in minutes! .   

 .   Make these pretty feather pumpkins for fall! #featherpumpkin #pumpkinidea

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