Have you seen the adorable jack-o-lantern shaped pillow that is available at Pottery Barn? It is so cute, but a little out of my price range at $80. I wanted to see if I could make my own, and I’m pretty happy with how my pumpkin pillow diy turned out. Read on to find out materials you’ll need for this project.
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This is a relatively simple DIY with just a few items needed. It’s very inexpensive too. I had a lot of the items in my craft stash, but you can get away with making this pumpkin pillow diy for under $30. Let’s get into the materials and tutorials.
Making A Pumpkin Pillow DIY
Here are the materials for a jack-o-lantern diy pillow pottery barn dupe:
- Plush Ball Pillows (this comes as a pack of 2)
- Piece of bark (you’ll see what I mean)
- Black adhesive Vinyl (can also use Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Jack-O-Lantern face template (at the end of the post as a free download)
- Cricut (This is if you have one, I do, but it decided not to work on me for this DIY. GO FIGURE!)
Step 1-Fluff The Plush Ball Pillow
I know this sounds, dirty, but when the pillows first came in the mail from amazon, they were squished flat. They were vacuum sealed so they were a little misshapen. I kind of threw mine around and shook it until the inside stuffing was more evenly distributed to resemble a ball and not a pancake.
Step 2-Wrap The Pillow To Resemble A Pumpkin
Now that your “pumpkin” is fluffed, it’s time to make it look like a pumpkin. These ball pillows are especially helpful because they come with different lines that you can use as a guide for where to place the twine.
Grab the twine and start on the underside of the ball pillow. Wrap the two sides of the twine around the pillow to the other side of the pillow, flip it over, cross them over one another and twist.
Now do that same thing once more and flip the pumpkin over again, cross and twist once more.
Do this a final time, and you should end where you started. Thread the remaining ends of the twine under some of the previously wrapped twine and tie a tight knot.
Step 3-Make Your Stem
Making your stem is a personal choice. There are many ways you can make this a fake stem for your pumpkin pillow DIY. I saw one person took wine corks, cut them up and glued them together before wrapping them in twine.
I took the easy route and grabbed a large piece of mulch from my garden bed. Then I wrapped it in twine and glued the ends down.
Lastly, I took my hot glue gun and glued the stem to the top of my pumpkin pillow.
Step 4-Make A Face
I used a template I bought off of Etsy and sized it to fit my pumpkin pillow. This is where a Cricut would come in handy. You can use it to cut the face on the adhesive vinyl perfectly. Unfortunately, I just got a new computer and my cricut failed me.
So If you have a Cricut, great, if not you can follow along with this part. I printed out the jack-o-lantern that I wanted and taped it to the front of the adhesive vinyl. Then I cut out the eyes and mouth with some sharp scissors.
Once I had the jack-o-lantern face cut out, I peeled off the backing and stuck it how I wanted to the front of my pumpkin pillow.
Step 5-Style Your Pumpkin Pillow!
Now that you have finished the pumpkin pillow, enjoy it! Style it with your other favorite fall decor. I made another pumpkin pillow DIY with the other ball pillow in the package and styled them together on my couch. The pillow also looks super cute on this kid’s chair.
Jack-O-Lantern Face Template
Here is the Jack-O-Lantern face template that I used and a couple other options:
When I first thought about this pumpkin pillow diy pottery barn dupe, I was so excited. I am so glad I did it! It was so easy and it took me less than an hour to do the whole project.
Remember that you can use a Cricut to cut the vinyl and heat transfer vinyl will work as well! I like to make my projects reversible because I can never make up my mind and often change my mind.