Pumpkin Ribbon Sculpture

Have you been to the pumpkin patch this year to pick out your prize pumpkins? Our family is so excited to go on our annual trip to the pumpkin patch to grab the pumpkins that catch my kiddo’s eye and literally scream to them….pick ME!!! It is one of their favorite parts of this season, followed closely by coming home and carving their pumpkins to look scary with slanted eyes and teeth that are pointed and crooked. Today, Shirley is sharing a pumpkin that is sure to be the cutest pumpkin in the patch and one that will surely catch the eye of all those around! Enjoy!

Hello everyone! I’m Shirley, and I am the voice behind the videos here at TRR. I love making videos, but I don’t really love to watch them. I’d much rather see a written out tutorial so I can skim through and see what I need to see and get creating. I made the video for this Pumpkin Ribbon Sculpture a couple weeks ago, you can find it HERE if you prefer videos, and since I love written posts, I thought I would take pictures too so those of you who are like me have that option. 🙂

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Let’s get started!

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3/8″ Orange Grosgrain Ribbon
1/4″ Green Korker Ribbon
(Learn how to make korkers HERE (video) or HERE (PDF) and use an 1/8″ dowel)
Small piece of 3/8″ Green Grosgrain Ribbon
Lined Clip
Hi-Temp Glue Gun
Heat Sealing Tool
Button (optional)

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Our first step is to cut the orange 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon into 4 pieces measuring 5″ long. Be sure to seal your ends.

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Take your ribbon and fold it in half and press the end creating a crease. Do this to all your ribbon.

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1-3: Now we are going to create the main part of the pumpkin. Place a dab of glue on the crease and take another ribbon and place the middle of it over the glue, creating an X. Using the creases as a guide, do the same with the other two ribbons.

4-7: Now bring the ends of the first ribbon up. Place a little glue on the end of one of the ribbon ends and then glue the other end onto it. Bring the second ribbon you glued down up and glue one of the ends onto the other loop we just made. Watch where you glue it. Make sure it looks the same as the other one we just glued. We want to create a perfect sphere. Bring the opposite end up and glue down.

8: Continue gluing the ends of the ribbon to the top of the sphere until they are all up.

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Now to make the stem!

1-4: Take your small piece of 3/8″ green grosgrain ribbon and cut it to about 1 1/2″. You don’t need to seal your ends. Place glue on the end of the ribbon and up a little, but not all the way to the half point. Then fold over the other end. You should have a cute little loop in the ribbon.

5-8: Place some glue on the end of the ribbon and fold it in half length wise. Hold it for awhile until it’s secure. Then take your scissors and cut as far up as you’d like. If you want it to be a little taller, go for it. 🙂 Then seal your end you just cut.

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Cut your 1/4″ green grosgrain korker to about 1 1/2″ and seal your ends. Then glue it to the top of the pumpkin. Make sure there is a space to place the stem so place the bottom of the loop in the center of the pumpkin top.

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Take your stem and put a teeny bit of hot glue on the end and place it in the korker ribbon.

Now all that is left is gluing your pumpkin ribbon sculpture onto a lined clip!

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Ta-Da! A super cute Halloween clip that people will Oooh and Aaah over.

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If you’re not loving the korker on the stem, there is another technique that is cute and fun.
This is a bonus that isn’t on the video. 🙂

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Take some green grosgrain ribbon and cut the very edge off. Cut two sides to about 1 1/2″ to 2″ in length. Then take your lighter and run it along that edge. It will seal it as well as give it some funky curls. You can use an alligator clip to hold the ribbon edges if you’re worried about getting burnt. Anything goes with these, so have fun!

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Glue the ribbon curls to the top of the pumpkin. I do a dab of glue and put both of them on at the same time.

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Then put a dab of glue onto the stem and place it on top of the ribbons.

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There will be some visible glue so take a cute fall button and glue it next to the stem. You can also use some ribbon or a little bow, whatever you think would look cutest.

I hope you have fun! Enjoy this cute Pumpkin Ribbon Sculpture and enjoy one of my favorite times of year! Thanks for having me!

Thank you so much Shirley for this adorable little pumpkin! This festive ribbon sculpture is perfect for this time of year and will look amazing among Fall and Halloween attire! This easy project would also be so much fun to make for an Activity Day with family and friends or to give as little gifts to co-workers or teachers.

Aren’t pumpkins the greatest this time of year? I love all of the pumpkin decor and recipes that are flooding Pinterest and all of blog land right now! Here are a few more fun and festive pumpkin projects that are perfect for Fall and Halloween!

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Fancy and Frilly Pumpkins - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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What is your favorite pumpkin inspired craft AND goodie? Tell me all about them in the comments below!

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  1. Elvira Carpino
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Shirley, you are a gift. KUDOS to you. I have been asking various sites of ribbon bow makers to please help those who would learn better from a written or pictorial tutorial only to be ignored by all except one who admitted exactly what you just did. I owe you so so much for understanding the plight of those who learn a different way. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you, Elle Carpino

  2. Posted October 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh is this cute and easy to follow. Pinning this to try and plan to feature it at next week’s link party too. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much! We are so excited to be featured in your link party! Yay! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted October 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    This is such a fun project for fall! Stop by tonight to see it featured on and thanks for linking up to DIY Inspired!

  4. Heather Carey
    Posted November 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    we sell the pumpkin hair bows we make from this?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 13, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Hi Heather! Thank you so much for your question! Yes, of course! Good luck with your sales and thanks again for asking! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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