Staying in that “It’s never too early for Fall” category, tonight I’m making pumpkins using the lid rings from mason jars.
I have an obsession with pumpkins, and apparently I’m not alone. According to The Atlantic, Americans in general are obsessed with this oddly orange-colored vegetable. In fact, from 2001 to 2014, pumpkin production nearly doubled in value, from $75 million to $143 million!! Holy Kamolee, that’s a lot of moola spent on a vegetable that rarely makes it to the dinner table (except for pumpkin pie).
I even grew my own “crop” of Seminole Heritage pumpkins a few years back. The seeds have been passed down through generations for the past 160 years or more, and they were delicious.
Three of my Seminole Heritage pumpkins, sliced in half and going into the oven for baking.
Needless to say, the pumpkins I’m making tonight aren’t edible, aren’t orange, and are rather primitive — but I love them!
I saw this idea posted about a gillion times on Pinterest, so it’s too difficult to give credit where credit is due. Believe me, I would if I could.
mason jar rings (18 per pumpkin), floral wire (regular floral wire), copper floral wire (as shown), wire clippers, a stick that’s been cut into 3-inch lengths, glue gun, raffia, and scissors
This is a very simple project that can also be done by children (but use a low-temp glue gun, rather than a hot one). My total cost per pumpkin was about $7. I ordered the mason jar rings from Walmart.com, and there were 12 in a box. My local store didn’t have them in bulk and I needed a bunch. From start to finish, it takes about 15-minutes to make one pumpkin.
Let’s get started.
Using a 12-inch length of regular floral wire, load the 17 mason jar rings, all in the same direction, on to the wire.
Then pull the two ends of the wire together nice and tight. This forms the pumpkin.
Using a chunk of the branch that has been cut into 3-inch lengths, cover the bottom edge with hot glue, then press and hold in the center (as shown).
From this point forward, you can do whatever you’d like to do to embellish your pumpkin. I have chosen to add a raffia bow and some curls made from copper wire.
Curl the copper wire around a pen or something that is of the width that you’d like your curl to be. Then attach it to the stem of the pumpkin using the hot glue.
You see how simple they are? You’ve just completed another great project!