I was thrilled to find a huge assortment of ribbon on my last trip to the dollar store!  Grosgrain and satin ribbon in an assortment of fall colors.  I used them to make inexpensive ribbon pumpkins!

They look adorable as a decorative item, and could work as place card holders at Thanksgiving, too.


(This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor.)
Project Estimate:
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric stiffener or starch
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Orange paint
  • Hot glue gun
Step one: Cut your ribbon into 6 inch strips and cover with the fabric stiffener or starch.Step two:  Cut the toilet paper tube to 3 inches tall (save the excess) and paint it orange.

Step three:   When the ribbon is dry, glue each strip to the inside of one end of the painted tube. Curve the ribbon over and glue it to the inside of the opposite end.

    Step four:  For the stem:  Roll the excess part of the tube into a cone shape and cover it with ribbon.  Glue it onto your pumpkin.
        Your ribbon pumpkin is done!  I used orange ribbon, but it would be fun to do a variety of colors and sizes to create a display.  Enjoy!


  1. Hi. too late to see this post for Halloween 2013, so I’ll save it for next year. Thanks for sharing what to do more with grosgrains, I’ve liked such ribbon so much.


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