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 🙂




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 🙂




Burlap Pumpkin Project


Dollar store pumpkin


Mod Podge

Jute twine

Floral wire


Step 1:  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:  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:  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:  Coat the entire pumpkin with a top coat of Mod Podge

Hang out to dry.

Let dry for about four hours.



Step 5:  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 pumpkins have a bright future ahead……

……on a tilt-a-wheel 🙂



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  1. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    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). Kelly

  2. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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!!!

  3. Image for Stephanie Durdan Stephanie Durdan

    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. :-)

  4. Image for Peggy Peggy

    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... :)

  5. Image for Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers 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!

  6. Image for Kelly Kelly

    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!

  7. Image for Kimberly from Serendipity Refined Kimberly from Serendipity Refined

    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

  8. Image for Janis@All Things Beautiful Janis@All Things Beautiful

    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!

  9. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    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!

  10. Image for Cindy Cindy

    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

  11. Image for Gee Gee

    .. 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

  12. Image for katie goldsworthy katie goldsworthy

    Wonderful, wonderful project! I'm all about the "natural colors" for fall this year....these are just perfect! --Katie

  13. Image for Patty Patty

    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

  14. Image for debra debra

    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 !!! : )

  15. Image for Marian Marian

    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.

  16. Image for Rhonda ~ Ramblings of a Southern Girl Rhonda ~ Ramblings of a Southern Girl

    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! :) ...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!

  17. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    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.

  18. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    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? :) me

  19. Image for Laura Laura

    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) Hugs, Laura

  20. Image for Karen Karen

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

  21. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    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

  22. Image for Anne Anne

    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! xx Anne

  23. Image for Karen Karen

    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!

  24. Image for Kari Kari

    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!

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