This buffalo check pumpkin craft is the easiest farmhouse decor DIY. Making a no-sew pumpkin is a fall craft that I wish I’d done a long time ago!
Buffalo Check Pumpkin
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love putting things to use that have lost their usefulness. I mean, there was this pumpkin, just staring at me. The kiddo had a blue one, a pink one, three (yes, three) orange ones…too many pumpkin buckets. So, I decided one of them (maybe 2) needed a new life.
So I came up with this fun and, frankly ridiculously easy, way to make a buffalo check pumpkin from pumpkin bucket. It turned out to be such a fantastic and simple farmhouse decor idea, I think I need to do more. Like lots more. If you’re ready to breathe new life into a pumpkin bucket with this no-sew pumpkin craft, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This No-Sew Pumpkin Craft
- I had this fun (ok, several) pumpkin bucket left over from halloweens past. I recommend finding one in the closet, but if you can’t, just grab one at the dollar store, they’ll be out super soon, I’m sure.
- Remember that thick pool noodle you bought for the summer that’s just laying around? Grab that–you’re going to need about 8 inches of it.
- This is one of those projects where you can definitely burn your fingers a million times with the hot glue. There’s so much hot glue involved and just folds of fabric and tucked up under…just get some finger protectors like these, trust me.
How Do I Make this Buffalo Check Pumpkin?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 1/2 yd Buffalo Check Fabric
- 1/2 yd White Fabric
- 1 Plastic Pumpkin Bucket
- 1 Stick
- Faux Fall Leaves
- Thick Pool Noodle (or thin one, but you’ll need to bundle the smaller pieces together to make a thicker, more stable piece)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Wire Cutters
- Fabric Glue
- With a clean and empty bucket, use your wire cutters to remove the handle from the bucket.
- With the scissors, cut out an 8-inch by 8-inch square of the buffalo check fabric from one corner. Set this piece of fabric aside.
- Spread out the white fabric on the table and put the pumpkin bucket in the middle.
- Place a thin layer of fabric glue on the exterior of the bucket, then wrap the pumpkin with the white fabric by pulling one edge of the fabric over the outside of the pumpkin, pulling it snug and making natural pleats and folds, then tucking the fabric inside the bucket, hot gluing it in place on the inside. Why fabric glue first? To pull the fabric snugly against the pumpkin, but not create hard spots in the fabric that would be lumpy. Why even bother with this step? The white fabric covers the color of the pumpkin so it doesn’t show through the white parts of the check fabric.
- Continue wrapping the entire pumpkin, working all the way around in 2-inch wide sections, making pleats as you go. Trim off any excess fabric inside the pumpkin, hot gluing it down inside, out of your way.
- With the pumpkin fully covered in the white fabric, spread the buffalo check fabric over the table and put the bucket in the middle.
- Wrap the bucket with the check fabric by pulling one corner of the fabric over the pumpkin, pulling it snug and creating pleats by letting it naturally fold on itself, then tucking the corner of the fabric inside the bucket and hot glue it in place inside the pumpkin.
- Working in 1-inch to 2-inch wide sections, continue all the way around the pumpkin, fitting the fabric inside the pumpkin and hot gluing it in place.
- Once covered with the check fabric, cut an 8-inch long piece of the pool noodle (I used a thick pool noodle, but, if you’re a standard-sized pool noodle, cut 3 8-inch long pieces and glue them side-by-side in a bundle).
- Place the pool noodle inside the pumpkin, gluing it in place. Make sure the top of the noodle is even with the top of the pumpkin--trimming, if necessary.
- Place the 8-inch by 8-inch square of buffalo check fabric you cut earlier on top of the pool noodle, tucking the the edges of the fabric inside the pumpkin, hot gluing it in place. This is intended to both cover the pool noodle and close the top of the pumpkin, so make a nice neat seal.
- With your scissors, cut an "x" into the middle of the top of the pumpkin, just wide enough to fit the stick.
- Place the stick inside the hole and hot glue it in place.
- Hot glue the faux fall leaves into the top of the pumpkin, next to the stick and enjoy!
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More Farmhouse Decor Crafts You Might Like
- Farmhouse Riser Tray DIY – I adore this riser tray. It’s fun and funky and adds a little height to any gnome display in my entryway!
- Easy Farmhouse Wreath – You can literally use this fun farmhouse wreath for any event or season–or those between times that aren’t a specific holiday. I just love it.
- Braided Jute Coasters – It’s crazy how this little touch like these easy DIY coasters can really change your decor and add a fun bit of farmhouse charm to a room.
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