It’s finally the coziest time of the year! I love the fall – all the pumpkin spice foods, the chance to start wearing sweaters and boots, the leaves changing – is there anything better? Yup, adding Disney magic to the season!
Today I’m sharing a super easy fall DIY Disney craft that you can easily customize to fit your own style – a Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Candle Holder! I created this sweet autumn Disney decor in less than an hour, including letting the paint dry, and love how well it fits in with the rest of my Halloween/Autumn decor.
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Materials Needed to Make Your Own Mickey Pumpkin Candle Holder
- Wood Pumpkin Tabletop Decor – I grabbed this for $1 at Dollar Tree, which you can order online or pick up in-store if you have a Dollar Tree nearby.
- 2 Wood “O” Letters – I originally was looking for wood circles to use for my Mickey Pumpkin’s ears, but found these “O” wood letters and thought they were more like Mickey’s ears. I got mine from Walmart for under $1 each.
- Chalk Paint – If you’re looking to save a couple dollars, you can definitely use $.69 acrylic paint from your local craft store. However, I am a big fan of chalk paint and would totally recommend grabbing an 8oz jar of your favorite color. While it’s a little more pricey than the regular old acrylic paint, not as many coats are needed and it dries SO fast!
- Chalk Paint Brushes – If you go with the chalk paint, be sure to buy a set of chalk paint specific brushes. You might think you can use just any old brush, but if you want to be sure you don’t get streaks and the paint goes on evenly, I would 100% recommend buying a set.
- 1/4 yd. Fabric of your choice – Visit your local fabric/hobby store to pick out a piece of fabric that coordinates with your paint color selection.
- Fabric Scissors
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
How to Make A Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Candle Holder
If you have little ones who will be helping you out with this project, be sure that they are not handling the scissors or glue gun for their safety.
1. Paint your pumpkin with the chalk paint that you selected. I only did one coat and was happy with the look of it, but if you’d like a darker color just do a second coat after the first has dried completely. If you’d like a rustic/farmhouse look, grab some sand paper and lightly buff the surface to give it a rougher look.
2. While you wait for the paint to dry, grab your circles/“O’s,” the 1/4 yard of fabric, your scissors, and a pencil/pen. Lay the wood piece on the back of the fabric (this is the side that isn’t as bright). Using your pencil/pen, draw an outline around the wood piece, leaving enough fabric that you can fold it over onto the back of the wood.
3. Wrap the fabric around the wood piece to create your Mickey Mouse Pumpkin’s ears. The best way to do this is to glue the fabric at 4 spots to start – top, bottom, and two sides. From there, fold and glue the fabric, following the shape of the piece. Complete this twice for both ears
NOTE: If you don’t want rough edges on the back of the ears, cut a piece of felt slight smaller than the woo piece and hot glue to the back of the ears. I didn’t do this because I knew the back wouldn’t be seen based on where I was displaying it in my house.
4. Hot glue the covered ears to the upper corners of the pumpkin, being sure you leave space around the stem.
5. Place a battery operated tea light in the candle holder. Be sure not to use an open flame candle in this holder, as it is wood and fabric.
And that’s it! In no time you’ll have a new addition to your fall Disney home decor that was way less expensive than going out and buying something.
If you’re looking for other Disney fall and Halloween decor for your home, be sure to check out my DIY Mickey Mouse Ghost Pillow that I made last year.