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Toilet Paper Pumpkins: Easy DIY Fall Decor

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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.
toilet paper roll
Yep. That’s what a roll of toilet paper looks like.
  • Shirts in fall colors: I found these three on the $1 clearance rack at my favorite thrift store.
three orange shirts
Hello fall!

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).

closeup of hole in sweater
Not very useful as a sweater anymore!
closeup of hole in shirt
Don’t worry! You’re about to be reincarnated!
  • 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…).
sticks and leaves
Nature’s Crafting Supplies

Step 1: Cut out your fabric

You’ll want something close to an 18″x18″ square per pumpkin.

cutting fabric
Snip!

Step 2: Wrap your toilet paper roll in the leftover scraps

This will help give your pumpkin a nice round shape.

wrapping fabric around toilet paper roll
Just like this!

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.

tucking fabric into toilet paper roll
Feel free to admire my marital bling!

Step 5: Tuck the stick and leaf into the center of your new fabric pumpkin!

fabric toilet paper pumpkins
So cute!

Aren’t they cute? I really love how these little guys look together with their different textures.

fabric toilet paper pumpkins from overhead
Aerial View

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!

fabric pumpkins on table
So cozy!

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!

Cheers!

toilet paper pumpkins before and after
Yield: 1 Fabric Pumpkin

Toilet Paper Pumpkins

toilet paper pumpkins

Use thrift store shirts in fall colors to turn rolls of toilet paper into adorable pumpkins.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Estimated Cost Less than $5

Materials

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Fall-colored thrifted shirt
  • Small Stick
  • Leaf

Tools

  • Fabric Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut out your fabric into a roughly 18"x18" square
  2. Wrap the toilet paper in leftover fabric scraps to give it roundness.
  3. Place toilet paper roll in the center of fabric square.
  4. Starting with a corner, tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll. Repeat with other corners.
  5. Tuck the small stick and leaf into the center of your new fabric pumpkin!

    Notes

    Each fabric pumpkin costs $0.50 to make!

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    45 thoughts on “Toilet Paper Pumpkins: Easy DIY Fall Decor”

    1. This is great! I love making one new item for each holiday decor, usually a wreath. But, who has endless storage? Fabric seems a great way to transition old items and not create more things to store. I can see old pillows, old containers, old ornaments, etc that can be refashioned for new seasons. Yay!

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    2. Love this! So ingenious but simple. Just like you I dont want to store more stuff after haloween, easter and so o n.
      Thanks for this auper idea !

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    3. I love these! Thank you for posting about this. I have the same issues you do about buying ready-made items – they’re expensive and take up too much storage room. This is a perfect solution.
      Now to put on my thinking cap about Christmas decor. And hope that you’re already ahead of me on that 🙂

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    4. Totally cute, and my 7-yo son will love the use of toilet paper, and collecting sticks & leaves to put these together. Now for Christmas decor… ok it’s a little early 🙂

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    5. So cute! I’m delighted you shared this project with us. Thank you! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. Will you be sharing your finished Fall Decor with us?

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    6. Kudos ! What a great idea to use items that are cheap. I’ll try it with cloth napkins and fall dishtowels that someone gave me and I already own. Free is a good four-letter word. Love that you are still hanging in there and so productive even as you may not feel that well. I have some fake leaves that I can use, too. Prayers for you.

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    7. Those are so cozy and cute! Brilliant in every way. Half the fun of holiday decor is certainly making something fresh and unique. Thanks so much for sharing your sustainable, thrifty, survivalist, outside-the-box creation!

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    8. Love this and all the different textures! And your husband is so clever about “hiding” the TP (oh let’s not hope there could be shortages again!)

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    9. I feel quite ill and bad for the environment when I see plastic pumpkins, skeletons and every manner of disposable “trendy today and garbage tomorrow” Decor. I just made a thrift store wreath using a pot of silk flowers a hand made ( by me) grapevine Wreath for under $5.00. I love your idea too. I’m going to do it. Stay well and thank you for your great ideas.

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    10. OMG Love Love Love !!! I was going to say :”ugh, I don’t have fall fabric like you” but I have thrift stores around and it will cost pennies 🙂 THANK YOU for this!!! Much love to you and husband!

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    11. I hope that you are feeling OK, and that your chemo sessions are becoming a dim, and increasingly bearable, memory.

      It’s a treat, regardless of the season, to read about your latest creations.

      This is an adorable — yet practical — idea, especially for those who lack storage because of their preexisting TP stockpile!

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    12. These are so cute! I have made a trio for the past couple years, and another added benefit I have found is that you only have to store the fabric from year to year, and not the TP, leaving room to store even more homemade decorations!

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    13. I’m totally with you on the DIY seasonal crafts. It’s total madness to spend a bunch of money on decor that’s only on display for a brief amount of time each year. I need to do some of these pumpkins too. Thank you for the tutorial!

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    14. Great idea and so cute! We have virtually NO storage space (well, almost) so I appreciate the multiple use concept. And your ring is beautiful!

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