Upcycled Pumpkin Garland

upcycled pumpkin garland

Happy harvest everyone!

I love pumpkin everything!!!

Autumn is my most favorite season and I just adore pumpkins—carving them, eating foods made from them and, best of all, decorating with them!

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upcycled pumpkin garland

As some of you may already know, I’ve become a bit obsessed with seeing just how many things I can make using the 1″ plastic ring that can be found around the lid of a water bottle. So far, I have created hearts, shamrocks, stars, and (even though it uses a 1.5″ plastic ring I still count it) sunflowers!

There are actually acorns coming soon!

upcycled pumpkin garland

Now, these sweet little pumpkins don’t have to be made into a garland. You could also make ornaments or small photo frames out of them. How fun!

Here is a pin for your Pinterest boards if you’d like to save this pattern for later…

upcycled pumpkin garland

If you are unfamiliar with crocheting around a plastic ring or just need a refresher, I have created a photo tutorial for you that you can see at the link.

What other uses can you come up with for these upcycled pumpkins?

You can add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here…

upcycled pumpkin garland

Upcycled Pumpkin Garland

Materials Used:

Finished Size Approximately:

One pumpkin is 2 3/8” wide x 2” height


Not important


sc – single crochet
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch


  • There is a photo tutorial for how to crochet around a plastic ring that can be found here if you are unfamiliar with the process or just need a refresher.
  • Round 2 is worked in a loop that isn’t normally used and a photo explanation is included to illustrate the instructions.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.


With Carrot

Round 1: 18 sc around a ring. Sl st in 1st sc.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Round 2: Working in the loops behind the stitches for the entire round (see photo),

upcycled pumpkin garland
This is the back of the ring. The loops you need to work into are indicated by my right thumb.

sl st in next st,

upcycled pumpkin garland

*2 sc in next st,

upcycled pumpkin garland

2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st*

upcycled pumpkin garland

Sl st in next 4 sts.

upcycled pumpkin garland
(still working behind the stitches from Round 1)

Repeat from * to * one more time. Sl st in next st (behind Round 1).

upcycled pumpkin garland

Turn the pumpkin so the tail is facing down.

upcycled pumpkin garland
The tail is on the bottom of the pumpkin.

Finish off. Weave in end.


With Brown

On top of the pumpkin where you slip stitched in 4 sts, attach brown to 2nd sl st of Round 2. Sc.

upcycled pumpkin garland
My hook is pointing toward the stitch you should start in.
upcycled pumpkin garland
Crochet on both loops normally with brown.

Hdc in next st, ch 3,

upcycled pumpkin garland

upcycled pumpkin garland
My left pointer finger indicates which loop to sl st into.

Sl st in side of hdc (see photo).

upcycled pumpkin garland

Sc in same st as hdc.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Sl st in next st.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Finish off. Weave in ends.

Wire Vines

Cut 3” pieces of floral/craft wire, one for each pumpkin.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Fold the wire in half to make a “U” shape.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Insert the wire into the first brown single crochet you made for the stem.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Using your G/6 hook or something similar, wrap the wire around the handle part of the hook and roll it toward the stem.

upcycled pumpkin garland

upcycled pumpkin garland

Slide the hook out of the coil.

upcycled pumpkin garland

Repeat with the other end of the wire.

upcycled pumpkin garland


Cut 7 – 8” lengths and 2 – 6” lengths of packaging twine. With an 8” length, run one end of the twine through the 4th orange stitch down from the stem. Run the other end of the twine through the corresponding orange st on another pumpkin. Tie the two ends into a bow.

Repeat with all of the pumpkins until they are strung together in a line, held together with twine tied into bows.

At one end of the garland, run a 6” length through the 4th orange stitch down from the stem and tie the ends of that twine together to form a hanging loop. Repeat on the opposite side of the garland with the second 6” length of twine.

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2 thoughts on “Upcycled Pumpkin Garland

    1. Hi roxana!

      I just went and ripped my ring off my gallon of milk and tried it and it isn’t going to work. I used 24 sc to get around the ring and then when I tried to add the side portion of the pumpkin, it was just way to small compared to the hole in the center. I would have to rework the entire pattern to make it work. I’m so sorry. Maybe that is something I can work on…