How to Make Velvet Pumpkins with Tacky Glue for Your Table Decor

What are you thankful for? We’re thankful that our friends at Beijos Events made these gorgeous velvet pumpkins with Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue! These charming pumpkins are a great addition to any tablescape, so get ready to learn how to make velvet pumpkins for a picture-perfect dinner this Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving too)!

What you need:
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • COLORSHOT Premium Spray Paint in Lucky Penny (optional)
  • Velvet fabric in colors of your choice
  • Real or faux pumpkin stems
  • Large needle & thick thread
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Rice
  • Dry polyester packing fiber

Step 1 Trace bowl onto velvet to create your pattern

If you choose to paint your pumpkin stems, apply several light coats of COLORSHOT Premium Spray Paint until desired coverage is reached. Set aside and allow to dry for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, trace your bowl onto velvet fabric to use as a pattern and cut accordingly. 

Step 2 Stitch around the edge of the fabric

Thread your needle with thick thread and stitch around the cut edge of the fabric, approximately 1/4" apart. As youre stitching, pull the thread through, creating a gather. Leave extra thread at the end so that you can tie the pumpkin closed later. 

Step 3 Fill your pumpkin with rice

Fill your pumpkin with rice on the bottom. The rice acts as a weight to keep your pumpkin upright! 

Step 4 Fill your pumpkin with polyester packing fiber

Add the polyester packing fiber on top of the rice. Fill the fabric to the brim with the packing fiber and push it around until you get a round, pumpkin-like shape, cinching as needed. 

Step 5 Secure the opening with a knot

When youve reached your desired shape, cinch the thread and secure the opening with a knot. 

Step 6 Glue stem to the center using Aleenes Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Glue your pumpkin stems to the center with Aleenes Quick Dry Tacky Glue. Press and hold until the stem is secure, then allow to dry fully for at least 35 minutes. 

Step 7 Display your velvet pumpkins for Thanksgiving

Your velvet pumpkins are now complete! Add a personalized nametag to each pumpkin to use them as a place card or use them as an accent piece for your tablescape spread. 

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