Tangled Pumpkin

This is a very simple way to make a fun, homemade fall decoration (and get some fine-motor practice in too). :)

There is one thing that I would suggest when doing this activity–use orange yarn! I only had yellow yarn, so I just added some orange paint, which worked fine…it was just a really big mess. Thank goodness we did it outside! But as usual, the product is worth the process!

Here’s what you’ll need:  yarn (preferably orange), glue, waxed paper, and orange paint (if not using orange yarn).

1. Mix the glue, paint, and a tiny bit of water. I didn’t measure…I just put mostly glue with enough paint to make it bright orange. Freehand draw the outline of a pumpkin on a piece of waxed paper and lay on a cookie sheet (or similar-sized tray).

2. Dump the glue/paint mixture onto a flat surface.

3. Start your child off by laying the yarn into the paint and then putting the yarn on top of the outline. Don’t cut the yarn, just continue unrolling as you need it.

4. Let your little one coat some of the unrolled yarn in the glue/paint mixture until fully covered.

4. Drape the yarn on the inside of the outline until it looks like a tangled mess. While still on the waxed paper, let it dry (it took ours 2 full days)!

Once dry, peel off the waxed paper and display for all to see! You can even hang it!


  1. Just stumbled upon your blog and is now a new favorite of mine! Can't wait to have my 3 year old try this!

  2. What a great idea! We have Hanuka coming up soon and I will use this to make some decos for the holiday, using blue and white. maybe using a star of david or even a shield shape. Thought about the menora but need to keep it as simple as possible. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I did something similar, but gave it dimension by wrapping the yarn around a balloon. Different shape and sizes of balloons make for some CUTE pumpkins!

  4. made these this year and they turned out better than I thought they would! I was able to display them by hanging them on the wall. It did take 2-3 days to dry. so cute!

  5. I love this idea!!!!!!!! I was going to do this for my niece but I think im going to do it because I want to it looks like soooooo much fun!!!!!

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