Anybody else hate spending money on seasonal decor?
I want my house to look cute and cozy for fall, but c’mon…all those fake pumpkins, cornucopias, and decorative gourds add up! And then you have to find a place to store all the stuff when the season is over.
Fortunately, I have discovered a super-easy crafty way to make cute fabric pumpkins with $1 thrifted shirts, a humble roll of toilet paper, and yard trash.
The total cost per pumpkin is about $0.50 (since you can get two pumpkins from each $1 shirt)!
How To Make Toilet Paper Pumpkins
You guys…this is so easy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Toilet paper rolls: Use double/mega rolls for this project, as they’re wider and more pumpkin-y.
- Shirts in fall colors: I found these three on the $1 clearance rack at my favorite thrift store.
I opted for solid colors in differing textures, but patterned fabrics would work well for this project too!
Because I hate destroying perfectly good clothing, I chose only shirts that were damaged (but still had enough useable fabric for my project).
- Yard trash: You’ll also need a stick and a leaf for each pumpkin. I plucked these from my Japanese Maple (although they look a little like um…er…something else in this pic…).
Step 1: Cut out your fabric
You’ll want something close to an 18″x18″ square per pumpkin.
Step 2: Wrap your toilet paper roll in the leftover scraps
This will help give your pumpkin a nice round shape.
Step 3: Place your toilet paper roll in the center of your fabric square.
Step 4: Starting with a corner, tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll. Repeat with the other corners.
Floof the fabric as you go to get your desired shape.
Step 5: Tuck the stick and leaf into the center of your new fabric pumpkin!
Aren’t they cute? I really love how these little guys look together with their different textures.
This is such an easy low-cost project! And when you’re done, you can just put your TP away and use the fabric for cleaning rags. No storage needed!
And as Mr. Refashionista said, “If there’s another toilet paper shortage, this would be a great way to hide our TP from any houseguests so they can’t steal it.”
Crafty AND survivalist? Win/Win I say!
- Toilet paper roll
- Fall-colored thrifted shirt
- Small Stick
- Fabric Scissors
- Cut out your fabric into a roughly 18"x18" square
- Wrap the toilet paper in leftover fabric scraps to give it roundness.
- Place toilet paper roll in the center of fabric square.
- Starting with a corner, tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll. Repeat with other corners.
- Tuck the small stick and leaf into the center of your new fabric pumpkin!
Each fabric pumpkin costs $0.50 to make!