DIY: Make a Wine Cork Pumpkin Decoration

While perusing Pinterest last month, I noticed some really cute wine cork pumpkins. That reminded me that I have a collection of corks in a drawer in my kitchen, which prompted me to put this wine cork pumpkin decoration together. 

It took longer to get the things for the craft than to make it. Here’s what you’ll need, and what you’ll need to do.

materials for wine cork pumpkin

Materials for Wine Cork Pumpkin Decoration

  • 25 wine corks (at least 24 should be the same size)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (I used a mini glue gun and used four sticks)
  • Fake leaves or greenery for the top
  • Twine 
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Newspaper

How to Make a Wine Cork Pumpkin Decoration in a Few Minutes

lineup of corks

Here’s the plan. You’ll glue two sets of four corks, two sets of five corks and one set of six corks in straight lines. Match up the ends of the cork. You’ll have one straggler for the stem. I used a Winking Owl cork, which I believe comes from the fine wines at Aldi.


Then, stack the lines of corks and glue them in this order: Four, five, six, five, four. 

hot glue gun

Use an old newspaper or magazine cover or back page to work on, especially if you’re working on your kitchen counter top.

Take the last lonely cork and cut it down or leave it full size for the stem. 

assembling wine corks

Glue it to the top of your “cork pumpkin.”


Here’s where I veered off the Pinterest plan. I painted the two flat sides of the pumpkin after I glued it together, instead of painting each cork individually. Of course, I waited for the hot glue to dry. I mean, I already had burned myself at least three times in the process of  assembling the pumpkin.

Attach or glue the leaves to the top. 

side view of wine cork pumpkin

Wrap the cork with twine and tie a bow. 

Shadows of a pumpkin

Voila! You’re finished, and this decoration looks ever so cute next to a wine bottle or rack. It doesn’t take up much room, and looks so homey. It’s a great way to use up old corks, and celebrate fall. 

wine cork pumpkin and wine bottles
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