DIY wine cork pumpkin

We love decorating the home for fall, especially with homemade crafts that you typically can’t find anywhere else. DIY table decor ideas like this cork pumpkin add charm and festivity to the home without costing you much money.

If you have wine corks lying around from previously used wine bottles, then you’ve already got the most essential material you need to make this adorable table decor piece. And if you’re a regular DIY-er, then you’ve probably got a lot of the other materials you need for this craft as well, including a hot glue gun, scissors, and a paint brush.

You can place this cork pumpkin on pretty much any table in the home, but we think it’s particularly cute on a bar cart or bar counter.

The small size of the cork pumpkin also makes it feasible for all size homes. Even if you live in a studio apartment, you can fit this cork pumpkin on a coffee table, shelf, nightstand, or desk somewhere in the home.

This DIY table decor project only takes about 30 minutes of your time to complete, which means you can even fit it in after work as a relaxing and creative activity to wind down with.

For this cork pumpkin, you will need:

  • 25 wine corks
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife or regular knife (be careful!)
  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Jute twine


  1. To a plate, add some orange paint and a little water to dilute it. Mix the paint and water together.
  2. Paint both ends of 24 of the wine corks with the orange paint, leaving 1 cork unpainted. You don’t need to paint the rounded sides of the 24 corks, just the flat ends. Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
  3. Do a mock design by arranging the corks on top of each, first placing 5 corks side-by-side for the bottom row. Add 6 corks, side-by-side, for the second row, then 5 corks again, and finally 4 corks. Use this time to choose which corks go in which row, doing your best to use equal length corks in each row (for example, line up any shorter corks next to each other in one row while longer corks go next to each other in another row).
  4. Once you’ve decided which corks go where, use your hot glue gun to apply glue to the corks and adhere them together for the finalized design.
  5. For the remaining, unpainted cork, use your craft knife or a sharp knife to cut the cork in half. Apply hot glue to the rough end of the cork and adhere it to the top of the pumpkin as the stem.
  6. Use the scissors to cut a piece of jute twine to tie around the base of the stem.
  7. Use the scissors to also cut out leaf shapes from the green felt. Glue the felt to the top of the pumpkin near the base of the stem.

DIY Idea adapted from