Using acorns and twigs, I’ll show you how to make a mini square pumpkin with help from nature. This miniature craft is perfect for the Fall season!
This is a fun project that doesn’t take much time to create. I can imagine a bunch of these miniature square pumpkins on a shelf — each one a bit different from the others.
Hmmm….there’s an idea for next year!
Just how miniature do I mean?
My square pumpkin is made with a tiny artist canvas that only measures 2.75″ square! You can find these at larger craft stores sometimes in packs of at least two or four together.
Here are two options from Amazon.com (affiliate links):
Step 1: Paint the canvas.
Because I love adding aqua and teal touches to our Fall decorations — to match the accent color in our home decor — I painted my miniature square canvas in an aqua shade with regular craft paint.
Once dry, I watered down some brown craft paint and lightly painted over the canvas here and there, then took a paper towel and wiped off any excess water/paint. Let that dry.
You can make this craft even easier by painting the miniature canvas in one solid color – orange, for example – and then glue on the acorn caps.
Step 2: Make an acorn face.
Gather some acorn caps from the yard. Rinse then dry on a paper towel.
I picked out two caps that had small stubs, and used those for the eyes.
An acorn cap that had a wonderful hook attached — which resembled a beak to me — became the mouth.
I used large Glue Dots to easily attach them to the painted canvas, as they were about the same size.
Here are the two sizes of Glue Dots that I’m using in this project (affiliate links):
I pressed each acorn cap onto a Glue Dot, then gently pulled to get the glue dot to come off and stick to the acorn.
We interrupt this craft tutorial to issue an apology about the next photo . . .
Please forgive my extreme close-up of my thumb with black and silver paint on the nail! I had no idea it would look so lovely in these photos. Sorry!
I used my fingers to tap the edges of the Glue Dot into the acorn cap edges so that no adhesive would be visible once I stuck the caps onto the miniature canvas.
Helpful tip: The Glue Dots can stick to your fingers, so gently push the Glue Dot edges and try to keep them stuck to the acorn caps and not stuck to your fingers!
Step 3: Attach matching ribbon to the canvas edges.
This time I used mini Glue Dots. I attached the dots all around the edges of the square.
Using American Crafts ribbon in a 3/8 inch width — which fits perfectly on the edges of this size canvas — I slowly adhered the ribbon starting at the top.
Pull the ribbon very tightly as you press it down onto the tiny Glue Dots one by one, until you wind up at the other end.
Don’t worry about the two ends showing — as we will cover them up in the next steps!
Egads my thumb is gross!
I promise, no more pictures of the thumb. No more!
Step 4: Add a pumpkin stem.
To make a pumpkin stem, break off a tiny twig and – using more of the large Glue Dots placed around its base – attach the stem to the top of the square pumpkin.
Step 5: Add some ribbon to the stem.
I wrapped a small ribbon scrap in Fall colors around the base of the stem. Because this scrap had wire edges, it made twisting it around the stem (and getting it to stay there) super easy.
This ribbon scrap will cover up the Glue Dots and the ribbon edges so everything looks nice and neat!
And now you have an adorable mini square pumpkin with help from nature!
Side view . . .
The back . . .
I love it!
There are a lot of variations you can do with this, so have fun!
An older version of this tutorial first appeared on Deja Vue Designs, when I was a craft contributor there. This post has been completely updated for you here!