Leaf Embellished Pumpkins

By Kate Riley September 10, 2021

I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and they had just brought out their gourds and cinderella pumpkins. They are always a good price there so I brought a few home and embellished them with preserved leaves and a few fresh eucalyptus stems.


I purchased these skeleton rubber plant leaves a few weeks ago on Amazon, they are so delicate and great for so many fall crafts.

green leaves / natural color / brown leaves

I like these skeleton leaves so much I started creating a simple wreath too, attaching the leaves with hot glue to a gold wire circle.

These transparent leaves are great for so many fall projects: garlands, wreaths, bookmarks, art projects, even headbands.



This pumpkin project is simple, quick, and easy. Gather whatever gourds or pumpkins you like, real or fake, and dried botanicals or long lasting fresh stems like eucalyptus.


I used the skeleton leaves to decorate a few of the pumpkins, using Mod Podge to attach them. I used both fake and real pumpkins for this project, the leaves look fab with either!


I used a few extra dried ferns from last week’s roundup of preserved botanicals for fall to cover the top of a white cinderella pumpkin.

For these flat ferns, I used spray adhesive to attach them to the pumpkin.


I used hot glue to attach the eucalyptus stems to this green gourd.


I used three different adhesives during this project: Mod Podge for thin skeleton leaves, spray adhesive for flat leaves, and hot glue for stems.


These make great little seasonal objects for shelves or indoor vignettes.



Or use them in outdoor displays too!


So easy and so pretty!


  1. Kate – these are just beautiful. If I could add another project to my fall, this would be it! ❤️

    • Thank you Gray. There are so many things you can do in fall with your creativity! It’s hard to choose!

  2. These are soooo beautiful. What a creative way to display a simple gourd! Thank you for sharing,
    XO – new subscriber!!!!!

  3. Thank you for the great inspiration! Saw the gourds at Trader Joe’s yesterday and thought “Too Early!” (It’s in the 80’s here in SoCal). But this would definitely be a project to help beckon cooler days to our corner of the country.

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