How to Cross-Stitch a Funkin Pumpkin

How to decorate a craft foam pumpkin with a fun cross stitch design.

Create your own DIY fall decorations in a nontraditional color scheme: a beautiful macrame inspired mini embroidery hoop banner and a fun cross-stitched pumpkin.
I’m so excited to share this fun craft project with you today. Thank you to Hobby Lobby for sponsoring this post.
When I think of fall crafting, I tend to think everything has to be orange, red and brown. This year I decided to challenge myself to come up with a non-traditional color scheme to decorate my entryway table. I headed to my local Hobby Lobby and found inspiration in the yarn aisle.
I decided to try to cross-stitch a carvable foam pumpkin! Want to give it a try too? Here’s how.
Step 1: Cut a hole in the pumpkin so you can access the inside. I just realized as I was typing this out that since it’s a fake pumpkin, you could totally cut from the bottom and then your cut lines wouldn’t show. Dang. Wish I would have thought of that sooner!
A smart tip for carving a fake foam pumpkin!
Step 2: Round up a few different colors of yarn. I chose a color palette of blush pink, olive green, cream, navy and mustard yellow. It’s definitely not your typical fall color scheme, but I love these colors together!


Decorating for fall with yarn
Step 3: Choose a design. I went with a simple smattering of X’s, but the sky is the limit here. Draw the design on with a pencil, then use a power drill with a small drill bit to make holes in the pumpkin.


Use a drill to make a cross-stitched design on a foam pumpkin
Step 4: Use a blunt tip needle with a big eye to stitch your design onto your pumpkin.


How to add a cross stitch design to a pumpkin!
Since I had so much yarn left over, I decided to make a fun boho-style garland to go with the cross stitch pumpkin. You can read the garland tutorial here.


What do you think of my fall decor this year? Would you try a non-traditional color palette or do you like to stick with the norm? The good news is that you could easily adjust this craft to suit your personal preferences.

Either way, be sure to stop by Hobby Lobby for loads of creative inspiration and don’t forget to print out a coupon before you go. Happy crafting!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Super cute! There's no way a real pumpkin would survive even a week where we live because of the humidity/temperature. The cross stitch pumpkin really sweet and I love the embroidery hoop banner! We're currently decorating for a new arrival and something similar could look really cute hanging over Baby's dresser.


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