Halloween Splatter Screen Pumpkin Tutorial

There are less than ten days until October! It’s time to get all of your Halloween decor made and ready to put out in your home. Over the past week or two I’ve made a few more pieces to add to my collection. Two of those pieces are a spiral deco mesh black and purple witch hat wreath and a matching pumpkin wreath. I’ve seen splatter screen pumpkins for years, but most of them are for fall and Thanksgiving. So this week I decided to make one with Dollar Tree screens and a black table runner. Here is the tutorial for a Halloween splatter screen pumpkin.

To make a Halloween splatter screen pumpkin you need (from Dollar Tree unless noted*):

  • 3 splatter screens- I used 3 without handles, but if I had to by them again I’d get two with handles, one without.
  • 2.5″ wired ribbon- I used 2 to make a bow. One from DT, one from Michael’s that I’ve had for years. You can just use one if you’d like.
  • black fabric table runner
  • faux flowers- I used two purple and one black.
  • faux stems or greenery- I used gold, purple, and black.
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • gold paint* & paint brush (optional)
  • zip tie or pipe cleaner
  • popsicle sticks or other item for stem (if you have handle-less screens)
  • thin rope* or twine
Supplies needed to make a Halloween splatter screen pumpkin: 3 splatter screens, hot glue gun, and a black fabric table runner.

Cut the Fabric

The table runners from Dollar Tree are sewed into triangles on each end. They need to be removed before you can cut the fabric to place on the spatter screens. Carefully pull a little on the tip on the back of the runner until the seams are visible. Use the tips of the scissors to cut the threads until you’ve completely removed the seams.

Cutting the seams out of a black table runner from Dollar Tree to make a Halloween splatter screen pumpkin.

If you’d like to get the maximum use out of your fabric, iron out the wrinkles created by the seams and where the runner was folded and hung in the store. If you don’t really feel like it, you can place the splatter screens between the folds. At first I didn’t iron mine, but when I realized how much would be wasted, I went ahead and did that.

Make sure that the table runner is facedown, and lay the splatter screen, also facedown, on top of it. Place it in the middle height-wise. It looks a tight fit, but you’ll have plenty when you hot glue it on. Leave about 3″ on the sides, then cut around the screen in a circle.

Glue Fabric on the Screen

Place a strip of hot glue on the bottom of the metal edge of the splatter screen.

Hot glue gun putting hot glue on the bottom ring of the Halloween splatter screen.

Next quickly and carefully fold the bottom of the fabric over the edge of the splatter screen and press it onto the hot glue. Hold it for a moment while the glue dries and the fabric is adhered to it.

Continue along the wire of the splatter screen adding glue and folding the fabric over on top of it, until the splatter screen is covered with it. Pull the fabric taunt as you go.

Do this with the other two splatter screens as well.

Combine the Three into One Halloween Splatter Screen Pumpkin

Now that all three of the splatter screens are covered, it’s time to create the pumpkin. Lay one of the screens on top of another, both face up, one overlapping the other about 3.5.” They should be even at the bottom. Lift one and hot glue on the edge of the bottom screen where the other will lay on it. Place the second one on top of the glue, and hold it down for a minute while it dries. These two are the base of the Halloween splatter screen pumpkin.

Next glue the third screen on top of the base. Add hot glue to the outer rim on both sides, then place it in the center of the first two screens. I am placing it kind of low, and not even height-wise, with the first two in the picture below. Don’t do that. This was a mistake. I had to pull it up and center it, but I didn’t get a picture while gluing it the second time. If you glue it lower, it won’t be able to stand. Make them all pretty even at the bottom.

Add a Stem

Since I only found screens without handles, I had to create a stem. If you bought a screen with a handle you can just go ahead and wrap the handle with twine, rope, or ribbon following the instructions under the heading “wrap it.”

Create a Fake “Stem”

There are many different things that you can use to make a stem for the pumpkin: multiple sticks, a large stick (then you don’t have to wrap it), bbq skewers, paint stirrers, popsicle sticks, etc. I used a handful of popsicle sticks. If you’re using more than one item to make a stem, you will need to secure them together. Make sure they are even in your hand, then secure them with a pipe cleaner or piece of floral wire. You could use a zip tie, but it’s harder to hide the bump it will create.

Wrap It

Again, there are many things you can use to wrap the stem. I used a tiny rope, 3mm wide, from Michael’s. It was part of a grab bag that I got for $2.50 (two for $5!) at Christmas last year. Side note- if you ever find grab bags there, get them! I got hundreds of dollars worth of fall Halloween stuff. It was amazing! I check for them every single time I go there!

Place a dot of hot glue at the base of the stem and place the twine or rope on it.

Wrap the rope up the stem, until it’s covered. When you get to the top, begin creating a circle on it. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can check out my tutorial for creating a nautical rope tray. When you get to the middle, cut extra rope off, place a dot of hot glue in the center, and tuck the end of the rope in.

Attach the Stem to the Halloween Splatter Screen Pumpkin

Once the stem is finished, glue it to the pumpkin. Turn the attached screens upside down and add a good amount of glue to the center, right above where the bottom two screens meet.

Adding hot glue to the back of the Halloween splatter screen pumpkin in the upper middle section.
My son wanted to add the glue. He did a pretty good job.

Place the stem on top of the glue and hold it down for a bit while the glue hardens.

Placing the stem on top of the hot glue on the back of the Halloween splatter screen pumpkin.

This part of the project is optional, but it may help you. Since my pumpkin stem was bulky, I felt like I needed to reinforce the glue. Take a long piece of packaging or masking tape and place it on one side of the screen, across the stem, and on to the other screen.

Reinforcing the glue that holds on the stem by placing a piece of masking tape over it.

Add a Bow

For this project I made a very, very easy bow. I will make a tutorial for that soon. Until then, here is a tutorial for making a bow for wreaths and other home decor. I used two 2.5″ wired ribbons for the bow.

Use a zip tie or pipe cleaner to attach the bow to the stem. My bow is pretty full, so I decided to turn my bow a little bit to the side when I put it on. That way my stem could be seen a little more. Cut any excess piece of the zip tie off.

Add Flowers & Greenery

Finally to finish the pumpkin, add the flowers and other stems you’d like to use. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m going to tell you how to add everything in terms of what I used.

Start with the black rose, and glue it in the bottom center of the pumpkin. Glue the two purple roses on either side of the back one. Then add a gold, purple, and black glitter stem on each side of the roses. You can either trim the stems a little with wire cutters, or glue them under the roses a little. You will have six total on the pumpkin.

I felt like my roses needed something, and the black needed to be broken up a little. I wanted to bring some gold into them so they matched the bow and the stems more, so I used a little paint brush and added a tiny amount of gold to the tips of the roses.

Adding gold acrylic paint to the faux roses on the front of the Halloween splatter screen pumpkin.
For some reason the gold looks mustard colored in this picture, but it’s gold gold. I think it’s the flash.

Your Halloween splatter screen pumpkin is complete!

I am pleased with my little pumpkin! It will be going kitchen this Halloween, since I’ll be doing a purple and black witch theme for it. I’m thinking on the stove when it’s not being used maybe. I’ll share some pics when I get it decorated.

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