Burlap Pumpkins and a Little Yada Yada Yada

Burlap Pumpkins and a Little Yada Yada Yada


I know you’ve seen burlap before.

And you have probably even seen a burlap pumpkin.

You read blogs.

You’re a little jaded and underwhelmed.

I get it.

You’ve seen it before…..a burlap pumpkin with a cute fall tag…..photographed next to some dried hydrangea.

Yada yada yada.

And all that ๐Ÿ™‚




But have you seen this?

Burlap pumpkins photographed on a vintage ferris wheel next to straw bales next to a coffee box filled with freshly picked wildflowers.

Pumpkins on a ferris wheel.

I know what you’re thinking.


And you’re right.


I should have held out for the tilt-a-wheel ๐Ÿ™‚




Burlap Pumpkin Project


Dollar store pumpkin


Mod Podge

Jute twine

Floral wire


Step 1: ย Cut burlap into small pieces

Trim off any excess string.

I cut some squares and some rectangles.

On my fourth pumpkin I finally figured out that rectangles laid on the diagonal were the size of choice.




Step 2: ย Coat your pumpkin with Mod Podge

Apply it directly from the bottle with a brush.

Make sure you get a good coat so the burlap will adhere.

I did not water down the Mod Podge.

Well….actually….I did water it down and it was a disaster.

Water + Mod Podge + dollar store pumpkin = hot mess



Step 3: ย Layer on the burlap

Start by tucking it in around the stem at the top.

Then base coat more Mod Podge and add another piece of burlap until your entire pumpkin is covered.

Smooth it out to make sure there aren’t any bubbles or random bits of string left clinging to the pumpkin.




Step 4: ย Coat the entire pumpkin with a top coat of Mod Podge

Hang out to dry.

Let dry for about four hours.



Step 5: ย Wrap stem in jute twine

Start at the top and hot glue twine to the stem.

Wrap until it completely covers the stem and secure at the base with hot glue.




Burlap pumpkins on a ferris wheel.

Easy fall project for amusement park enthusiasts.

Be sure to check it out.

Because I know these pumpkinsย have a bright future ahead……

……on a tilt-a-wheel ๐Ÿ™‚



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  1. Love this one, KariAnne. I think I am going to come stay with you so I can do all of these cool projects with you. I’ll even wear red lipstick.

  2. The little stems remind me of outtie baby belly buttons, so yes I think they are cute.


  3. So cute, girl. Only you would find a ferris wheel to fill with burlap pumpkins.

  4. Did you know I am terrified of ferris wheels? I’d rather ride a roller coaster than go on one. Don’t judge me!

    But for these pumpkins, I may be persuaded to ride one (would you hold my hand – be careful, I’d squeeze the life out of it in sheer terror).

  5. I love the Ferris Wheel….I can hear the squeals of laughter from the baby pumpkins, saying this is better than Dollywood!!…..I so love the pumpkins and the ferris wheel….but I gotta tell you…if you she a shadow in the night , dressed in camo…near that awesome Coffee wooden crate…that would be me!!! I love that box!!!!….Cute baby pumpkins…love the stems and labels!!!

  6. The ferris wheel definitely put it over the top but I’m partial to the vintage crate in the background!

  7. Very cute Karianne! Last year I tried to make pumpkins out of brown twine and modpodge around a balloon. While I was trying it in Illinois, my sister was attempting it in Virginia. Hers turned out super cute, but not until after the mishap of the balloon popping and pieces of gluey balloon landed all over her and her kitchen. Mine…well, I popped the balloon too soon and the whole thing just fell in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Karianne,

    Oh your baby pumpkins are so sweet…. I do believe it looks like good therapy. making burlap covered baby pumpkins… oh no! now i’m humming “riding on a pig, baby monkey!” Its a video on YouTube….. that our teenage boys like to play periodically. I will say no more until after you have experienced it for yourself… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. How cute are they, Karianne! Love the tags you added, too!

  10. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers :

    Actually this is the first burlap pumpkin I have seen! They are adorable. Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. Love it. I actually haven’t seen burlap pumpkins. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a lot of pumpkins, but not burlap. and I love them!

  12. That is such a cute idea! I’ve been noticing burlap pumpkins on blogs and at stores, but haven’t seen a tutorial showing how to do it like this. This looks like fun (albeit messy)! Ha! May have to try doing this myself. For those of us who aren’t into orange…..it’s a great alternative!

  13. Those are the most adorable burlap pumpkins I’ve ever seen! It’s probably better that they are on the ferris wheel rather than the tilt a wheel…you wouldn’t want pumpkin seeds everywhere…Trust me, I’ve witnessed humans on a tilt a wheel. Sometimes it’s not pretty. xo

  14. How great is this project. The Ferris Wheel too cute. Love it!!


  15. These pumpkins are too cute! And the ferris wheel…well, perfect for your fall vignette! Love this.
    Mary Alice

  16. These are super duper CUTE!!! Love the ferris wheel…so adorable!! Your cute tags and the white wire put the special touch on these precious pumpkins! You’re a Fall decorating rockstar, my friend!!! Hope it’s getting a little cooler there…in TX, we’re high 80’s, which feels so much better than 100!

  17. So cute… where the heck did you find a Ferris wheel??? You southern gals have all the luck!!!

  18. How adorable! Personally, I prefer an old fashioned wooden roller coaster – I don’t like spinning rides, so the tilt-a-whirl would be out!

  19. These are so cute! I love the tiny burlap pieces too; they really stayed down well. The twine top and Fall card is such a creative touch! Love your Ferris Wheel- another Karianne special touch!

  20. Happy Fall

  21. lol!! Why not burlap pumpkins on a ferris wheel? Makes perfect sense. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE the ferris wheel too!! What a cute project!

  22. That is so wonderful, I have a large pumpkin with a lid that I want to recover, perhaps I will try recovering it with burlap. I had thought of newsprint or book pages, but not burlap… maybe I’ll try it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  23. .. and no, I have never seen a burlap pumpkin. Nor a pumpkin on a ferris wheel. Actually just the thought of a ferris wheel makes my tummy do weird things :-/

    They are adorable!!!
    Cheers, Gee

  24. So cute Kari! I love the Ferris wheel, it’s so creative!

  25. Wonderful, wonderful project! I’m all about the “natural colors” for fall this year….these are just perfect!


  26. OK now I need to go find a ferris wheel ๐Ÿ™‚
    gorgeous as always my friend.

  27. LOVE the Ferris Wheel…it is totally amazing!!!! I need one : ) You are BRILLIANT as usual!!!!! Sending tons of hugs!!!

  28. I would have been entirely impressed by the burlap and hydrangeas. Add in a ferris wheel and now you’re approaching smocked curtain frenzy =)

  29. Karianne -Your projects always come out looking polished and professional and having fun on a ferris wheel. Mine like a 6 yr old high on candy. Love your stuff A+! Patty/BC

  30. I only started blogging and reading blogs 4 months ago so your burlap pumpkins would have awed me all by themselves. BUT ON THE FERRIS WHEEL OH OH OH MY !!! : )

  31. My daughter announced that those pumpkins were “so cute”, and then said, “Mom, can we go to the dollar store. You have burlap, don’t you?” Well, lucky for her, I DO have burlap and there is a dollar store close by. So I’ll let you know if things work out. My burlap happens to be ivory colored, and this is giving me a good idea for a cream colored Thanksgiving center piece. Or maybe a wreath… Hmmmm.

  32. Cute project Karianne, I like the tag, “I’m falling for you,” did you tell us where to get a “Ferris Wheel’? Joyous Wishes, Linda

  33. Yes! I’m so glad that I have some extra burlap leftover from my wreath so I can try this!

  34. Living on the other side of the world, we are just entering spring… which I adore, but I wish we had Autumn just so I could make burlap pumpkins!!

    Totally love your Fall decorating KariAnne ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. So, can I just say that I am speechless and overwhelmed that one of my VERY favorite blog heroes found my pumpkins inspiring and linked back to me!!! Oh my! Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ …I am so loving yours! The wire curly’s were a great touch! And the “Ferris Wheel” vignette you created is so unique and pretty!

  36. Cute fall decorating ideas you have going. I love fall!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Karianne, those cupcakes are not above your head. I assure you they are EASY!! Once you do them you will want to make them more than once. So yummy! I only do easy desserts, so I wouldn’t lead you astray. : )
    Have a great evening.

  37. I came by first thing this AM. I pinned your amazing pumpkins … “falling for you” is just too cute … and then I forgot to comment. Shame on me! What kind of a terrible BBFF am I? And from what barn did you find that adorable teeny tiny ferris wheel?



  38. You are not trying to keep up with the Joneses, the Joneses are trying to keep up with you. (You’re probably to young to remember that saying, but then again you are from Kentucky, so ask your mama)


  39. Ok that looks like an easy enough project – now where do I find a ferris wheel??!!!

  40. You have me wanting to run to the dollar store for some pumpkins!

  41. Oh Karianne…those pumpkins are adorable! Where on earth did you find that ferris wheel? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. Karianne!!!! These pumpkins are adorable!!! And NO, I have not seen burlap pumpkins before!!!
    Thank you for the tutorial!!!

  43. KariAnne, This is beautiful, love the Ferris wheel the burlap pumpkins and that crate, its also beautifully photographed. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  44. what a wonderful weirdo you are – totally a compliment by the way!! xo

  45. Now that is something I have never seen before I could ask what is with all the pumpkins but honestly I don’t care I just think they look super cute………………..lol

  46. Karianne,
    These are so darn cute!! I wish I could say I was going to run out and make these.But lazy ol me has just bought some at hobby lobby.I wish I had the time to do these! What a fun ferris wheel too!

  47. These are SO cute…I love an inexpensive project that looks great!

  48. You are awesome!!! And this inquiring mind wants to know how you keep up with yourself??!?!?! You are one busy lady!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. This is really pretty, KariAnne–I like the way you did the stems especially. And hanging the pumpkins to dry on a clothes line ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. A D O R A B L E!~ No I have not seen those tags before! Love. I love how you hung them out to dry too. Thanks for joining the party. Off to pin!

  51. Adorable. Love the tutorial. Have pumpkins, have burlap, have jute, have Mod-Podge……..have project!! Can’t wait! Just need that cute Ferris wheel now!

  52. SO cute!!! And, no….I have not ever seen any pumpkins with their own carnival ride…..so cute!

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill

  53. Cute project lady!

  54. Hi Kari (Anne)! It’s me! Kari (again)! Get it? The “a” after. Wow! That’s A-oK! HA! alright I’ll stop.
    I just couldn’t write sooner. I mean reading your blogs…I finally stopped crying over the incredible story of your miraculous twins, (I know, that was a while back) and then you wrote about your dad, the tree whisperer…whew! You had the tears flowing on that one too and I KNOW you touched a lot of heart strings with both of those stories. You are such a blessing, do you know that? I just want to add you are such an incredible writer, Karianne. You should write a book!
    So, after all that, I am SO thankful for burlap pumpkins today!! Never seen one and want one, gotta try this. I also want to know what aisle you find the ferris wheels and coffee boxes? I asked the guy at the dollar store and he just stared at me. When I told him they were for my burlap pumpkins he slowly picked up his little phone walkie talkie thingy and without blinking said, “Back up in mod podge. We got another one.” Then he said the sweetest thing! He said, “Are you by chance Karianne?” I just laughed and said, “No! I’m Kari again.” (oh moan!) There you go! That’s for your foul weather! Loved it!