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Make these Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders for a Great No-Carve Pumpkin Craft

These raffia pumpkin placeholders is the perfect no-carve pumpkin craft! Who says that you have to make a mess with all the pumpkin “guts” and seeds when you can make your own pumpkin craft like this one?

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Such a fun and simple fall tablescape project, you can have a great DIY raffia pumpkin placeholder set made in just a few minutes.

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DIY Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love making anything pumpkin. There’s always room in my house to find space for something as cute as this. I love using these as Fall home decor or as simple place settings for our upcoming holiday meals.

So, grab your wee pumpkins and let’s get started!

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Tips for Making this No-Carve Pumpkin Craft

  • Don’t forget to hot glue as you work through this craft. You’ll have a lot of strands of raffia to keep track of and the glue will be a huge help to hold it in place as you go. One thing, though, pull those little dragging strings of hot glue as you go, too. Cleaning those off afterward is such a bore.
  • These could be fun place holders or just a great pumpkin craft for Fall. Don’t feel like you have to stop with just a placeholder. Maybe you need a larger raffia pumpkin on the porch? Maybe you need a fun raffia pumpkin on your centerpiece? The possibilities are endless!
  • I just quickly hand lettered a couple of cards to stick in my placeholders. If you need some hand lettering practice for fall to brush-up on your skills, I have these great fall hand lettering prompts that will have you flourishing in no time.
  • I found my pumpkins at the local craft store last year after the season passed, I think – they were just in my craft closet when I had this idea. But if you are looking for pumpkins to make this craft and find you’re not seeing the size you’d like, you can grab some mini pumpkins here that are just the perfect size.
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How to Make these Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders?

I’m so glad you asked! Read below on how to make this simple pumpkin craft!

Yield: 8 Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders

Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders

braided raffia pumpkin placeholders for fall tablescape

These easy and fun DIY raffia pumpkin placeholders are a quick way to add a finishing touch to your fall tablescape.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • 8 Faux small pumpkin/picks
  • Raffia ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • Optional - ribbon


  • Hot glue gue
  • Tape
  • Circular guide like paint for wire


  1. Start by tapering 3 pieces of the raffia ribbon on a flat surface. Make a braid with them.
  2. Take the stems off the pumpkin if you're using picks.
  3. Wrap the braided raffia around the pumpkin. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Glue as you go. The strands will overlap and that is fine.
  4. Don't cover the hole from the stem.
  5. Once you have the entire pumpkin covered with raffia, make a place card holder and use a small circle surface. Wrap the wire around it twice.
  6. Add glue to the place card pick in the hole that held the stem.
  7. You can add a ribbon around the wire if you'd like! photo collage tutorial of how to make a braided raffia pumpkin craft for fall


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