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Easily Embellish Pumpkins With Ribbon

Give pumpkins a chic fall makeover with vertical bands of pretty patterned ribbon — no carving required.

Layla Palmer, The Lettered Cottage
Ribbons Adorn Halloween Pumpkins

Materials Needed:

  • pumpkins of various sizes, shapes and colors
  • variety of 3/8" craft ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors

Gather Pumpkins and Ribbon

Choose a variety of differently sized and colored faux or real pumpkins (Image 1). Select spools of ribbon that are 3/8 inch wide or smaller (Image 2). The ribbon will be secured in the pumpkins' grooves, so the smaller the better. Tip: Stick with neutral colors or black-and-white ribbon for a look that can be displayed from early fall through Thanksgiving.

  • Ribbon Pumpkin
  • Selecting Your Ribbon

Apply Glue

Use hot glue to secure one end of a spool of ribbon to the top of a pumpkin, near the base of its stem (Image 1). Unroll the ribbon all the way down one groove of the pumpkin until it reaches the bottom of the pumpkin (Image 2).

  • Applying Glue to the Ribbon
  • Using Ribbon

Cut Ribbon

Use scissors to cut the ribbon off once you've determined the correct length (Image 1). Hot-glue the end of the ribbon to the bottom side of the pumpkin. Continue adding vertical bands until you're satisfied with the design (Image 2).

  • Sizing Your Ribbon
  • Gluing Your Ribbon
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