Dollar store wooden beads, floral wire, and twine come together to create this trendy farmhouse style wooden bead pumpkin craft. This is the perfect fall home decor for your mantel or autumn tiered tray.
Buy beads of various colors or paint plain ones before stringing them. You could easily match your home’s color schemed or make pumpkins in several autumn colors. This is a quick and easy craft that is fun to make and display!
DOLLAR STORE WOODEN BEAD PUMPKIN CRAFT
- Wooden Beads – Dollar Store
- Floral Wire – Dollar Store
- Natural Jute Twine – Dollar Store
- Silk Leaf Stem – Dollar Store
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Dollar Store
- Needle Nose Pliers
Gather all supplies. Remove four 18” floral wire stems from the package and twist together several times in the middle to create a star shape with eight pieces. Use needle nose pliers to pinch the twisted wire together tightly. The wire stems were found in the floral department of the dollar store and are 22 gauge.
Open two to three packages of assorted wooden beads and place the two largest sizes of beads in a bowl for easy access. Place eight of the smaller size wooden beads on the eight pieces of wire, moving the beads to the center.
String on additional wooden beads, eight at a time, alternating between small, and large, then small, and large.
Continue stringing on the wooden beads in the small then large pattern until there are 16 beads on each wire, with the last bead being the larger size.
To finish each section of wire, string on two of the smaller beads, so each wire has 18 beads total. Then carefully bend the excess wire up to keep the beads from falling off.
Working with two wires that are opposite from each other, bring them together in a circle and twist the wires together to secure.
Continue joining and twisting the opposite wires onto the section of exposed wire at the top of the pumpkin until all eight pieces of wire have been secured.
Use the needle nose pliers to tighten the twisted wire and pinch in any sharp ends.
Tie the natural jute twine around the base of the wire stem in a double knot and then trim any long ends with scissors. Secure the knot with a small dab of hot glue.
Attach the twine around the wire stem with a glue gun and glue sticks. Once the entire stem is covered, carefully apply a second layer of the twine around the stem to give it the proper bulk. Flip the pumpkin over and secure the cut end of twine under the stem with a dab of hot glue. Hold the twine in place with the blade of scissors to prevent burning fingers.
Cut a leaf or two from the silk stem and attach to the top of the pumpkin with a glue gun and glue sticks. Once everything is completed, carefully shape your pumpkin. Make it fat and squatty or tall and lean.