Decorated Pumpkins With Ribbon And Raffia ~ Rather than carve a pumpkins decorate them instead with ribbon and raffia to add a decorative touch for the fall to your front porch!
Hello and thanks for stopping by! I can’t believe how quickly the month of September has gone by. Fall is really here where I live. It’s very dark waking up in the mornings now and the mornings are pretty cool outdoors but the days turn out pretty warm.
I am having a lot of fun decorating the front entranceway for fall. It is something I do every year. One fun project I added were a couple of pumpkins decorated with some ribbon and raffia. I just used materials in the craft room that I wanted to use up and I am really happy with how they turned out.
Before I share how I made these decorated pumpkins with ribbon and raffia I have a confession to make. I love the rich orange colour of pumpkins. I love how inexpensive they are to use for décor. But I don’t enjoy carving them at all. Instead I much prefer to just decorate them on the outside and enjoy them on the front step for the fall season.
When my children were little I did what I could to avoid having to carve pumpkins. When you think about it, carving pumpkins isn’t really a kid-friendly activity. In order to carve the pumpkin you have to use a very sharp object and it really is a lot of work scraping out the insides. So who ends up doing all of the work and who ends up just watching?
I remember one year my daughters wanted to enter a pumpkin carving contest in the school. We did enter a decorated pumpkin but it ended up on the ‘Other’ table because it didn’t quite fit any of the other categories. I think my daughters were a bit embarrassed because they made it very clear that next year we were to follow the rules and actually carve the pumpkin and not just decorate it on the outside.
Decorating a no-carve pumpkin is an activity that everyone can do no matter what age. It’s like making a wreath where the possibilities for what materials to use and how to use them are endless. For these pumpkins I just used ribbon and raffia and this is how I made it…
Materials Used For Decorated Pumpkins With Ribbon And Raffia
- pumpkin with a stem attached
- dish soap
- spray can of Heavy Duty Scotch Guard For Outdoor Fabrics
- green raffia
- 2-½ inch/.6 m ribbon (2 different kinds about 3 ft/1m of each kind)
- ¼ inch/.6 cm ribbon (about 6 ft/2m for each pumpkin)
- spray adhesive
Instructions For Decorated Pumpkins With Ribbon And Raffia
Step 1 – Preparing The Pumpkin So It Will Last Season
This is an experiment so I am not sure how effective it will be but it is worth a try. I first gave the pumpkins a good bath. I half filled the sink with warm water and added two cups of vinegar as well as a few squirts of dish soap. Then I used a scrub brush to give the pumpkins a good scrubbing. I also poured a little extra vinegar around the stem. Then I gave them a rubbing with a towel and let them air dry.
The last thing I did was spray the pumpkins with Scotch Guard Heavy Duty Fabric Spray For Outdoor Fabrics and let that air-dry. I am going to see how long the pumpkins last outdoors using this method. I think the thing that I have to worry about the most is the freezing temperatures at night that will damage the pumpkins so on those nights I will have to put them in the garage. My fingers are crossed that they will last till Halloween!
The reason for doing this is to wash away any of the spores or bacteria that may accelerate the deterioration of the pumpkin. You can also use bleach, Dawn dish soap and clear spray paint as explained in this post by Dawn the creator behind Creative Cain Cabin (I am pretty sure the two are not related).
Step 2 – Decorating the Pumpkin
This stage is so simple. I just cut different lengths of the raffia and ¼ inch ribbon and tied them around the pumpkin stem. Then I made a double bow out of the wider wired ribbon and attached it to the stem. This hides the tied ribbon and raffia quite nicely and gives the pumpkin a nice pop of colour!
Step 3 – Securing the Ribbon And Raffia To The Pumpkin
I noticed the draping ribbon and raffia didn’t stay put and disappeared to the back of the pumpkin. So I attached it with some spray adhesive that dried transparently so you can’t see it.
One more thing I did was when I set out each pumpkin on the staircase I placed them on clear plastic plant pot saucers. That’s just in case the pumpkins start to get mushy on the bottom and none of that mush will end up on the stairs making it one less thing for me to clean.
Here I added a basket filled with artificial fall squash and miniature pumpkins I picked up at the thrift store. Notice the same coordinating copper wired ribbon made into a bow.
So that’s it! That’s how I made these decorated pumpkins with ribbon and raffia! It’s amazing what a bit of leftover ribbon and raffia can do and it was so easy to do! I also love how this is a fall craft project that any age can do without having to be just the observer. I used green colours but you can do the same thing with purples and blacks to create fun decorated pumpkins for Halloween.
I wonder what leftover ribbon I have in my ribbon stash????
I will be giving you a tour of all of the fall projects I have created for the front entrance way. That will be coming up very soon on the blog! See you then!
In the meantime here are some other fall decorating projects I invite you to check out…
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