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Elegant Suede Pumpkin

Updated on May 1, 2018
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

elegant suede pumpkin craft
elegant suede pumpkin craft

A Halloween and Thanksgiving Decoration

Pumpkins are used for making Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts as holiday decorations. You can make a beautiful and elegant suede pumpkin, that is appropriate for any décor, by following easy to follow instructions.

At this time of year, do you find yourself pressed for time and, although you like to craft holiday decorations, you'd like them to be suitable for a couple of the holidays? This is a craft that you can use during the Halloween season and also through the Thanksgiving season. All you have to do is to remove the little black spider. How easy could that be.

This is an elegant pumpkin, crafted using polyester velvet (it almost looks like suede) in a pumpkin color. I've included photos to take you through the steps for making this Halloween and Thanksgiving decoration. It's an easy and inexpensive holiday craft.

Supplies Needed

34.5 ounce size coffee can
20 plastic grocery bags
Brown or tan yarn
1 yard polyester velvet (imitation suede)
Jute, optional
Two 6" fall leaves
Black spider
Hot glue


Place the coffee can in the center of one plastic grocery bag.


Stuff two rows of nine wadded up plastic grocery bags around the coffee can.


Tuck the edges of the outside bag between the bags and the top edge of the coffee can.


Use about 8 yards of yarn, folded in half, to wrap around the plastic bag wrapped can: first in half, then in fourths and then in eights, tightening and tying each wrap at the center top of the can.


Cut the polyester velvet (imitation suede) fabric into a 33" circle. Then cut 7 1/2" slits from the outside toward the center--eight slits. Set the wrapped coffee can in the center of the fabric circle.


Bring two opposite sections of the fabric to the top center of the can and tie in a half knot.


Using a piece of wire, about 12", tightly wire over the half knot. Tuck the tails inside the can. Tie the opposite two sections in a half knot, wire and also tuck the tails inside the can.


After making the next two sets of sections, tie and wire but do not tuck the tails into the can.


Fold over or cut the wire to about a 2" length. Gather the tails up around the wire. Using a long piece of tan or brown yarn (or jute), wrap it around the gathered tails to cover and form a stem. Trim the fabric from the top of the stem. If any spaces show between the fabric sections, dot one side with hot glue and bring the sections together.

Make wire curls by winding the wire around a pencil, and then glue along the pumpkin stem. Glue the two leaves around the stem. Place a spider on the pumpkin. Do not glue the spider down, then you can take the spider off and use the pumpkin as a Thanksgiving decoration.FYI: I didn't have colored fall leaves, so I brushed green, brown, gold and orange inside and on the edges of the leaves. I also used brown paint on the top edge of the stem. My pumpkin measures 9" tall and 10 1/2" diameter.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Are pumpkins a part of your Thanksgiving decorations? - or leave a comment.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      I'm simply astonished to see your creativity Loraine. My compliments!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Not as long as they aren't real. :) I so love this lens! What an elegant craft, so easily completed!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Yes - I got a nasty bacteria from a spider bite. Don't like them much. Except when they are eating mosquitoes and bugs. Then I like them! Blessed!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @wvabutterfly1951: Maybe you could open Microsoft Word and then highlight a picture or the instructions that you want, then right click on highlighted part, choose copy. then go to your Microsoft word document and paste it there. You may have to do one picture or instructions at a time, but it would save you lots of paper and ink. Or check out this site.

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      wvabutterfly1951 5 years ago

      how can we print out the patterns without all the ads, and things using so much paper??? I looked for some how to do it but couldn't find one. Thanks

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Wow, it is so cool! I love spiders!

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      Marianne Gardner 5 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      I'm more used to them in the garden and outdoors, but keep my distance, admiring them from afar. The have their purpose. Don't like them in the housethough.

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      Katie Hazel 5 years ago

      I love this! It's perfect for fall décor!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Highly creative lens ,congrats on lotD

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      I am NOT a fan of spiders. I don't like to kill them; I try to remove them back to the outdoors where they belong. LOVE this gorgeous pumpkin you made. VERY GENIUS!!!!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      This looks easy to make and lovely! :>)

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      shauna1934 5 years ago

      Saw some of these at a fall festival I went to today. Fantastic!!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      Oh yeah, congratulations on LOTD! This is such a creative lens!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      Nope, this would be a wonderful project for me to put my plastic spider collection on, thanks! I love simple, beautiful crafts.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Terrified. This is a nice simple craft. The velvet makes it look elegant. Thanks for the tutorial.

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      dotcomdiva 5 years ago

      Not scared, but don't like them! But I DO like this decorating idea! And thank you so much for the easy to follow, step by step directions!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      How easy cool is that! Nice.

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      Susans_Notes 5 years ago

      Very cute and creative!

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      mymoodswings 5 years ago

      .... wow very creative!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I love this idea! So cute and easy to make! Blessed!

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      viryabo2 5 years ago

      AWESOME CREATIVITY. Congrats on Lens of the Day.

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      anes2010 lm 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: agree with you

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Wow! What a creative way of making a pumpkin décor! ^_^ I'm not scared of spiders as long as they're not crawling my way LOL ^_^

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Not at all ... we have a pet spider in our kitchen garden window. Of course, her name is Charlotte. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      I don't know why I am really scared of spiders. When I was young, my brother put a fake spider on me. When I woke up, I was so scared. To this day they creep me out. But, this looks like a whole lot of fun. We usually carve pumpkins, but we might try to do this instead!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yikes! Yes! Congrats on LOTD!

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      tudzuniverse 5 years ago

      Very pretty and easy!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      I wouldn't say scared exactly... but I do suspect they could crawl into your ears at night and build webs in there that will clutter up your brain and affect your hearing and contribute to memory loss.... hmmm maybe I am scared of spiders ;)

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and a pumpkin without the worry of a mess later on. Great idea for recycled items also.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      How clever and crafty. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. What a lovely idea for a pumpkin! I think I would leave the spider off. Don't care for those guys.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      Love the pumpkin. Congratulations on LotD.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      totally love it:) congrats!

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      NuttSoRuff 5 years ago

      Spiders: Hate 'em - no matter how small they are!

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Your lens is beautiful. Congrats on LOTD. I pass on spiders.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Hate spiders, but love your pumpkin.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      beautiful lens...congrats on the LOTD

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD. Very creative.

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      thegrayrabbit 5 years ago

      How easy is this. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Beautiful!

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      TopDigitalMarke 5 years ago

      I love this idea! I know my mom would really like having this around the house :) And yes, I am scared of spiders!! Especially when they're the first thing you see entering the bathroom :P

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      sailor_man 5 years ago

      This lens is pretty cool and I'm happy to look at my

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! what a creative idea...darling Pumpkin...I'd opt out for the spider but then that's just me and my acrophobia...nicely done lens!~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day. Spiders are looking good.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I like spiders, they eat lots of bugs. I like your elegant suede pumpkin, great recycle craft. Congrats on LotD. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      bluedarkart 5 years ago

      Thant's a great idea! Very nice work! :)))))) And Congrats on Your Lens of the Day! :)))))

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hahahaha great lens nice work

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am not if they are far away from me. lol.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't really have a fear of spiders but like them to live outside and have been mesmerized watching them make webs. A suede pumpkin, how elegant, unique, fun and easy to create with your excellent directions and stap by step pictures. Anyone with a real fear of spiders could use another insect I suppose but a butterfly just doesn't say Halloween as much as a spider! Congratulations on a lovely LotD!

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      ShineRita 5 years ago

      Nice ideas and congrats on LOTD. ^^

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      No, in fact I'm the elected spider catcher in my house! I am afraid of mice though.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Not at all, well done on LOTD

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Congrats on LOTD and a unique idea !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Grooooooovy pumpkin. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice ideas. Awesome Lens

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      Riesling 5 years ago

      what a nice idea

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      Onlineconection 5 years ago

      A lot to learn from this process, especially the unique presentation with photograph. Congratulations.

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      AnindaPramanik 5 years ago

      nice lens .

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      kanohedvgetsinv 5 years ago

      Good details with photos. Definitely one idea in how to make things festive for more than one use. Thanks for the lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hmmm not really. But many congratulations for the LOTD. (:

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      fyrdragon350 5 years ago

      i think if you want to add a flair for fright the spider is a perfect addition. Plus when you want to keep that same pumpkin decoration around for the next holiday, you can remove it easily. This project looks really easy and the result is just adorable.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Not really but I like this idea for a pumkinless pumpkin.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Nice touch having the spiders on the pumpkin.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very attractive and unique lens

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I consider spiders to be a wonderful part of nature because they're all bird food.And wow, this is an amazing craft idea. Thank you for publishing this.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very neat pumpkin craft! But yes, I'd probably leave off the spider. :)