Decorate Your Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Welcome to the  142nd Metamorphosis Monday!

How was your weekend? I’ve had a busy one. Saturday, I drove down to Macon, Georgia and attended a class for “extreme couponing” with my sister and niece. I watch so little TV, I didn’t even know what extreme couponing was. It was really interesting. If you have a good size family, I can see how the savings could really add up. I’ll share some of what I learned in a post sometime soon. I had no idea using coupons had become such a big thing…practically a sport!

So, there I was the other night, lying in bed and trying to envision a way I could decorate a pumpkin without cutting into it or painting it, when suddenly I had an idea.


Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Here’s a pic of my finished pumpkin out on the porch where the lighting is a bit better.  This may be the easiest pumpkin decorating idea in the history of the world of pumpkin decorating.  Seriously!  If you like easy, you’re gonna love this.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

I used the pumpkin I already had…the one that’s visible in the background in this fall setting on the porch.

Hot Chocolate for Fall

Supplies you’ll need:
Medium size pumpkin with a stem
2 colors of wired ribbon (my ribbon was 1 1/2 inches wide)
1 napkin ring

I bought two types of ribbon (on sale 40% off)  from Hobby Lobby.  I chose one with a leaf pattern and one with a metallic/shiny finish.  You won’t need a lot of ribbon for this project…just depends on the size of your pumpkin.   You’ll want to cut 4 or 5 strips of each color ribbon.  For my medium size pumpkin, I cut four, 50″ strips of ribbon, from each color.  So I cut 8 strips total and each was around 50″ long.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

The other thing you’ll need  is a napkin ring.  I decided to use one of these pine cone napkin rings I’ve used previously in a Thanksgiving table setting HERE and HERE.  They had a nice fall feel.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Just slide your napkin ring down over the stem of your pumpkin.  Next, place your pumpkin on top of one of the strips of ribbon you’ve cut, centering the pumpkin on top of the ribbon.  Pull one end of ribbon upward and tuck it up under the napkin ring, pulling it out the top of the ring, as shown.  Do the same thing for the other end of that strip of ribbon, pulling it up on the opposite side of your pumpkin.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Continue doing this with all the ribbon you’ve cut for your pumpkin, spacing the strips of ribbon out whatever distance you prefer.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Closer view:

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

As you pull your wired ribbon up and under the napkin ring, you can bend the ribbon downward as shown below to just help hold the ribbon in place.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

It will look like this when you have all your strips of ribbon pulled up and through the napkin ring.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Turn the ribbon strips downward, bending your wired ribbon at whatever angle(s) you like best.  I also cut the ends/tips of my ribbon strips at an angle because I just like that look better.  You can just see the pine cone peeking out from the ribbon.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

Here’s a view of the other side of my pumpkin.  Ribbon really dresses a pumpkin up.  The ribbon I chose actually added a touch of elegance to my pumpkin.  I wasn’t really expecting that, so that was a nice surprise.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween


A close up of the top of the finished pumpkin.  I tucked the ribbon down under the pine cone so it would be a bit more visible.  This would be cute with any fall-ish napkin ring.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween
Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

A ribbon bedecked pumpkin would make a nice centerpiece for a Halloween party or buffet table.

Decorate a Pumpkin with Ribbon for Halloween

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Related links in this post:
Thanksgiving Table Setting with Pine Cone Napkin Ring
2nd Thanksgiving Table Setting with Pine Cone Napkin Ring

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  1. Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement says

    What a great way to make a pumpkin look classy! Well done!


  2. Allison Shops says

    Thanks for hosting another MM. The ribbon was a great idea!

    Hidden Laundry

  3. The ribbon looks so pretty wrapped around the pumpkin. Such a simple idea yet packs a big punch. Thanks so much for hosting.

  4. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Love the pumpkin idea. Thanks for hosting.

  5. ❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ says

    What a cute idea! I've seen Christmas ornaments decorated with ribbon in the same manner. Why not pumpkins? The style of ribbon you chose does add a touch of elegance, doesn't it? One could use plaid ribbon or floral ribbon or…well, the ribbon aisle is your oasis… there are lots of way to trim the simple little pumpkin, isn't there? 😉 I love it!

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Cute idea for decorating a pumpkin, Susan! Sounds like you had a busy weekend! Hello to Glenda…hugs…Debbie

  7. Designs By Pinky says

    What a great idea, Susan! I love this! I actually have pine cone napkin rings too. Thanks for this great idea. XO, Pinky

  8. Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says

    That is a great way to dress up your pumpkin. Thanks for hosting!

  9. clever and cute!

  10. iSavortheWeekend says

    However do you come up with these creative ideas? So simple yet so beautiful! I absolutely love it!

  11. Days at Buttermilk Cottage says

    Brilliant! I love your idea of decorating pumpkins with ribbon–it's so elegant!

  12. On Crooked Creek says

    How cleaver and stunning is that!!! I adore this and have the same metallic leaf ribbon! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. A Vintage Vine says

    Thanks for the party….The ribbon pumpkin is a great idea!

  14. Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives says

    Susan, you are truly amazing! I can't believe how beautifully you do everything. Your home is gorgeous and your Tablescapes should be in a magazine! I couldn't help myself again, I did a post on you and the ribbon pumpkin tutorial and the tablescapes and pictures and I just love to highlight your blog features!!
    I have so many beautiful posts of yours to go back through to read that I have to look forward to for months of enjoyment and inspiration.
    Warmest Regards Always,

  15. that pumpkin is gorgeous!
    Thank you for hosting every week!

  16. what a great idea for a pumpkin, especially the napkin ring – brilliant! thank you for hostessing and hope you had a lovely weekend 🙂 diane

  17. Oh how clever, so beautiful and so easy. Thanks for sharing, Susan!..Christine

  18. The pumpkin looks like a perfectly wrapped little present! How easy and what a nice classy accent it makes. 🙂

  19. Meadowsweet Cottage says

    Brilliant! So simple and yet very elegant–easy to picture as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

  20. {oc cottage} says

    Quite a classy pumpkin!!!

    m ^..^

  21. That is super cute and a smart way not to have to cut into the pumpkin! Love it!
    Thanks for having us over!

  22. Savvy Seasons says

    Thanks for hosting! =) What a darling pumpkin, very elegant looking! Great idea! XO ~Liz

  23. Love this idea so much! What a great way to add some elegance and it can certainly carry on through Thanksgiving! Definitely have to try this idea out!

  24. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    You are just amazing – who wouldn't thought of ribbon?!?! Love the look, I pinned it to my Pinterest. Thanks for hostessing another fun party, I've got your button.

    Mary @ Redo 101

  25. Mary Ellen says

    I love what you did to dress up your pumpkin!!!!! I am going to try this!

    My post is very ugly and the first part of my met project. I am hoping one day it will be one of those wonderful MET posts when it is all done!

    bee blessed

  26. Blue Creek Home says

    Great idea!
    Thanks for hosting.

  27. Great pumpkin! Thanks for hosting!

  28. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Hi there dear friend! Yes its been a while and I've missed you and your awesome and amazing posts'!
    Oh my I am loving this pumpkin with ribbon, it is just so classy and beautiful…I "need" to do this too, just got back from "pumpkin picking" with the grand kids so have lots of "punkins" to embellish…
    Hugs and happy Fall decorating, my favorite time of year…well besides Christmas and July 4th ;o)

  29. Very pretty. Thank you for hosting.

  30. Kerry Rossow says

    Wow, you can really dress a pumpkin! LOVELY!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at

  31. Great idea Susan. I have made Christmas ornaments with the same principle. Your pumpkin is extra special!!!

  32. says

    oh I like easy! Thank you for sharing, I have a ton of ribbon, I think I'll make a ribbon pumpkin! and I love the pinecone! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE says

    Love the pumpkin with the ribbon…so clever and so easy…love the ribbon color..great with the orange and the pinecone…

  34. Hi Susan,
    great decoration. Thank you for the tutorial.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  35. Adore the ribbon around the pumpkin. Smart and easy and pretty as well! 🙂 Linked in to the Blog party as well, my first link in here!:)

  36. The lowly pumpkin, now elegant! Would never have thought of it. Napkin ring use was ingenious….well done. You deserve a nap on the porch!

  37. I have seen lots of pumpkins, but that is the first ever ribboned one. Easy and cute! I guess a rubber band would work too, if you didn't have a napkin ring. But, yours was perfect.

  38. Love your pumpkin. That is my kind of project – elegant, easy & fun. Thanks for hosting. I joined for the first time last week, and got lots great comments from your guest. And lots of traffic.

  39. What a beautiful and clever idea! I LOVE this and will definitely have to borrow! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting!

  40. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    What a cute pumpkin you've created! That was clever to use a napkin ring to assist you. Thanks for hosting the party today.

  41. Erin @ How to Nest for Less says

    Awesome idea to turn a plain pumpkin into something fresh & new! LOVE the idea 🙂

  42. Happy to be joining along this week. Love your ribbon pumpkin!

    Off to visit some of these talented bloggers!!

    Janet xox

  43. Beautiful, Susan! Simple, too. Amazing how the best ideas usually come from the simplest ways of doing things.

  44. Curtains In My Tree says

    Something so simple is so great and you thought it up

    I was going to paint a pmpkin with gold glitter piant and then i thought what about some pink pumkins haven't done it yet

    thanks for our fun monday now I'm going to look around

  45. Very creative, it's fun to see and learn some non traditional ways of decorating.

  46. The Decorative Dreamer says

    Sooo simple and sooo adorable! I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  47. CalypsoInTheCountry says

    Love your festive pumpkin! Thanks for hosting today!

  48. Such a cute pumpkin! Thanks for hosting the link party!

  49. The Summer Kitchen Girls says

    Love that you used the napkin ring…clever!!

  50. h. m. settoon says

    Those beautiful ribbons are perfect with both the pumpkin and the wood finishes. So pretty.

  51. Anu@My Dream Canvas says

    Fabulous idea..

  52. Great idea, I would have never thought to use ribbon, but it looks to festive. Thanks for hosting the party again this week!

  53. Mindi's Mussings says

    Love your ribbon pumpkin! Just to let you know don't leave a real pumpkin sit on anything wood, I made this mistake as a kid. I let a real pumpkin sit on my antique dresser and it left an awful mark that could only be fixed by refinishing! I would hate to see your beautiful hall table ruined!

  54. sabrymagic says

    Le tue creazioni sono sempre deliziose….
    Mi piacerebbe scrivere di più….. per parlare con te,ma non so se puoi usare il traduttore:)
    Ti saluto

  55. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Mindi, thanks so much for the warning. Will definitely heed your advice! 🙂

  56. Great idea! Love it!

  57. Michele Smith says

    Great idea! Your pumpkin looks great! 🙂

  58. Denise at PinkPostcard. says

    such a cute idea! the possibilities are endless! 🙂 the napkin ring with the pinecone is such a great addition too. thanks for hosting, and all the wonderful inspiration!

  59. Sizzle and Zoom says

    I love this idea and it's beautiful. I think I could do it, too.

  60. Upscale Downhome says

    Thank you so much for hosting the link party! I look forward to see everyone's projects!

  61. Nancy's Notes says

    What a party! I'm not able to join right now, but wanted to drop in and see what you created, it's always perfect!~ Your pumpkin is just beautiful, you are so very clever!

  62. Summerland Cottage Studio says

    Too Cute !
    It makes me think of Cinderella's carriage.

  63. I just discovered your blog and look forward to following you! I love the pumpkin idea. Very simple, but very elegant too! It would be fun to try with different types of ribbon to see different looks. I have to admit that I always let my husband help the kids with pumpkin carving–for some reason I just didn't have the patience. So this idea is right up my alley!


  64. Tisha @ Delectable Home says

    LOVE.THIS. I think I'm going to try it with white pumpkins and turquoise, gray, and brown ribbon. Thanks!!

  65. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    Again…you did it! You do have the best idea's! This is an elegant way to do up a pumpkin. SO much better than cutting the pumpkin up which I haven't done in years anyway!

  66. Cute idea for the pumpkin – and so simple too! Thanks for sharing and for hosting.

    😀 Lynda

  67. I love that pumpkin but also the table that it sits on! They're both beautiful!

  68. Thanks for hosting! I just adore that pumpkin!

  69. betterOutdoorLivingatHome says

    That is beautiful! You have created the 'enchanted pumpkin'!

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