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How to Make Fondant Pumpkins and Gourds

Updated on April 20, 2016
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Kylyssa is an artist who works in a wide variety of media that has included fondant since 2008. She enjoys creating and sharing sweet tips.

A cluster of all the types of fondant gourds and pumpkins in this tutorial.
A cluster of all the types of fondant gourds and pumpkins in this tutorial.

Learn to make edible mini pumpkins and gourds from fondant

Gourds and pumpkins are great for fall decorations; for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or simply used to celebrate the harvest season. These fondant pumpkins and gourds are easy to make and look cute on cakes and cupcakes or scattered around a harvest platter. Add a bit of candy flavoring to the sweet modeling media and they make fancy candies as well.

Read on to learn how to make fondant pumpkins and gourds.


All photos by Kylyssa Shay unless otherwise noted.

What You Will Need to Make Fondant Pumpkins and Gourds

* Fondant in fall colors such as yellow, orange, olive green and brown

* Waxed paper

* Vegetable oil

* A paring knife

Before You Begin

* Wash and dry hands well.

* Lay down waxed paper over work surface.

* Oil hands generously, including under the nails and between fingers or wear non-latex gloves sprayed with cooking spray.

How to Make Fondant Pumpkins

Fondant pumpkins
Fondant pumpkins
Sugar pumpkins, step 1. A ball of orange fondant.
Sugar pumpkins, step 1. A ball of orange fondant.

Pumpkins, Step 1

Roll a piece of orange fondant or gumpaste into a ball the size you want your pumpkin to be.

Step 2, an orange ball scored all the way around.
Step 2, an orange ball scored all the way around.

Pumpkins, Step 2

Grease the blade of your paring knife all along the edge and use it to score a line all the way around the ball.

Step 3, a thrice scored ball of orange fondant.
Step 3, a thrice scored ball of orange fondant.

Pumpkins, Step 3

Score around the ball of orange fondant until you have circled it three times and your ball has six sections.

Step 4, a tiny stem for the pumpkin.
Step 4, a tiny stem for the pumpkin.

Pumpkins, Step 4

Take a tiny piece of green or brown fondant (about half the size of a piece of rice for a marble-sized fondant pumpkin) and roll it into a tapered bullet. This will be the stem.

Step 5, a dent pushed into the top of the orange ball.
Step 5, a dent pushed into the top of the orange ball.

Pumpkins, Step 5

Push a dent into the top of your scored ball where the lines cross with a fingertip.

Fondant pumpkins, final step, add the stem and set aside to dry.
Fondant pumpkins, final step, add the stem and set aside to dry.

Pumpkins, Final Step

Press the tiny stem, wide end down into the dent you made in the top of the fondant ball. Set the pumpkin aside on waxed paper to dry.

Repeat all the steps as many times as desired.

How to Make Fondant Goose-neck Gourds

Four tiny fondant gooseneck gourds
Four tiny fondant gooseneck gourds
Goose-neck gourds step 1, roll out a small tube of gumpaste or fondant.
Goose-neck gourds step 1, roll out a small tube of gumpaste or fondant.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 1

Use your greased fingers to roll out a blunt-ended cylinder of fondant in your choice of color.

Goose-neck gourds, step 2, cut the cylinder.
Goose-neck gourds, step 2, cut the cylinder.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 2

Use your well-oiled paring knife to cut a flat end on the piece of fondant.

Goose-neck gourds, step 3, a small round green ball.
Goose-neck gourds, step 3, a small round green ball.

Goose-neck Gourds Step 3

Make a small, round ball of another color of fondant, no more than four times as big around as the cylinder you've already made of fondant.

Goose-neck gourds, step 4, a long string of fondant to wrap around the ball.
Goose-neck gourds, step 4, a long string of fondant to wrap around the ball.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 4

Using your well-oiled fingers roll out a thin string of another color of fondant long enough to wrap around your ball of fondant three times.

Goose-neck gourds, step 5, wrap the fondant string around the ball.
Goose-neck gourds, step 5, wrap the fondant string around the ball.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 5

Wrap the fondant string around the ball so it divides the ball into six relatively even sections.

Goose-neck gourds, step 6, roll string into ball until ball takes on a more oval shape.
Goose-neck gourds, step 6, roll string into ball until ball takes on a more oval shape.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 6

Gently roll the wrapped ball of fondant in a well-oiled palm until the fondant string is pressed firmly into the ball and the ball achieves a more egg-like shape.

Goose-neck gourds, step 7, add the neck to the base of the gourd.
Goose-neck gourds, step 7, add the neck to the base of the gourd.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 7

Butt the cylinder of fondant into the end of the oval ball where the fondant threads cross on the ball. Apply light pressure to get the pieces to stick together.

Goose-neck gourds, step 8, curve the neck.
Goose-neck gourds, step 8, curve the neck.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 8

Gently bend the neck of the gourd into the classic goose-neck shape.

Goose-neck gourds, step 9, make a stem with a tiny pinch of brown or green.
Goose-neck gourds, step 9, make a stem with a tiny pinch of brown or green.

Goose-neck Gourds, Step 9

Roll a tiny pinch of green or brown fondant into a bullet shape about half the size of a grain of rice for a fondant gooseneck gourd with a base the size of a marble. This will be the stem.

Fondant gooseneck gourds last step
Fondant gooseneck gourds last step

Goose-neck Gourds, Final Step

Press the stem, wide end down, into the top of the fondant gourd to finish. Set aside on waxed paper to dry.

How to Make Fondant Yellow Gourds or Butternut Squash

Fondant gourds or butternut squash
Fondant gourds or butternut squash

This technique can be used to make those blobby yellowish gourds from fondant or gumpaste or it can also be used to make butternut squash which look somewhat similar.

Fondant yellow gourds step 1
Fondant yellow gourds step 1

Yellow Gourds, Step 1

Using well-greased fingers, roll out an oblong of yellow fondant in the size desired.

Fondant yellow gourds step 2
Fondant yellow gourds step 2

Yellow Gourds, Step 2

Pinch the oblong of fondant as shown anywhere from a half to a third of the way to the end.

Fondant yellow gourds step 3
Fondant yellow gourds step 3

Yellow Gourds, Step 3

Smooth the pinched area with greased fingers until it is shaped like the gourd or squash of your choice.

Fondant yellow gourds step 4
Fondant yellow gourds step 4

Yellow Gourds, Step 4

With well-greased fingers roll out a tiny piece of green or brown fondant into a tapered cone shape. This will be the stem.

Fondant yellow gourds final step
Fondant yellow gourds final step

Yellow Gourds, Final Step

Press the fondant stem into the top of gourd body and set aside on waxed paper to dry.

How to Make Squat Green Gourds

Squat green gourds made of fondant
Squat green gourds made of fondant
Green gourds step 1
Green gourds step 1

Green Gourds, Step 1

Using well-greased hands roll out a small ball of green fondant approximately the size you'd like the finished gourd to be.

Green gourds, step 2
Green gourds, step 2

Green Gourds, Step 2

Roll out a thin string of lighter or darker green fondant long enough to wrap around your ball of fondant three times.

Green gourds, step 3
Green gourds, step 3

Green Gourds, Step 3

Wrap the fondant thread three times around the ball crossing at top and bottom. This will make six separations on the ball. Gently roll the ball in your well-greased hands to press the fondant thread into it.

Green gourds, step 4
Green gourds, step 4

Green Gourds, Step 4

Gently press in the top and bottom of the gourd body with your greased fingertips to return it to a roughly round shape with a dented top and bottom. The dents you create should be at the two crossings of the fondant thread.

Green gourds, step 5
Green gourds, step 5

Green Gourds, Step 5

Roll a piece of brown or green fondant or gumpaste into a tiny blunted cone shape about half the size of a grain of rice for use on a marble-sized gourd. This will be the gourd's stem.

Fondant green gourds, final step
Fondant green gourds, final step

Green Gourds, Final Step

Press the fondant stem into the top of the gourd body and set aside to dry on waxed paper.

Assorted Fondant Pumpkins and Gourds

© 2010 Kylyssa Shay

Do You Like Pumpkins and Gourds for Fall Decorating?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have never worked with Fondant before, this will be my very first time, I like making and giving away what I make to others and hearing all their excitements' over what I make

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Very creative!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome instructions! Alsomworks well for clay.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Love them ! Easy enough with all the tutorials .

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I always wanted to make fondant when I was a kid. I love the feeling of it in my mouth. Somehow I never got around to it. But I see you have a link to a site that tells you how to do it. So I am going to try to find the time to do just that - will invite the neighborhood kids over afterwards to keep me from eating it!

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      SEObuilders 4 years ago

      Very informative!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I do love them and this is an excellent lens. Thank you for the directions.

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      These are adorable and a great lens, too! Perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving cupcakes and more! Congrats on your front page honors! Cheers~cb

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      that is so amazingly cool

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      Thank you for sharing this.....you make it look so easy!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      These are so delightfully cute! Thanks so kindly for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I like to try these sweet pumpkins and gourds fondant.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      Definitely! Great tutorial. Blessed and liked.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do love them and these are special because they can be eaten, too.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Fun edible craft! Your directions are great. *blessed

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      What an excellent tutorial. I've never tried it before.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      They look really great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These pumpkins and gourds look great! I like using pumpkins in my Fall décor, when I can, they are all so colorful. Very nice lens. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes, i like it so much...look like real...

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I love love the little gourds, too cute.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I really enjoy your fondant lenses. They're so fun to look at.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'am going to try to carve a pumpkin for our pumpkin contest at work this season. This is a great lens, very interesting!

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @joanhall: Just letting you know that your lens is now featured on my "SquidAngel At Your Service" lens.

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I'm not a fondant person myself, but I love excellent lenses. This lens gets an Angel blessing.

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      northamerica 6 years ago

      Now I am ready for Autumn!

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