Anyone who’s known me for more than a day, knows I love Fall — the scents, the colors, the food, the air, the pumpkins — all of it.
But I live in South Florida and it’s pretty difficult to distinguish the difference between Summer and Fall. So, I have to go with the flow and create my own change of seasons.
On top of that, because of the international health pandemic known as COVID19, I haven’t been shopping since Feb. 14, 2020. With that in mind, I’ve made it a personal goal to finish the many projects I had started, and to use as much “stuff” as I already have in my “over-stuffed” craft room. I’ve done pretty well, too. After making, painting, crocheting, and sewing my way through at least 20 or more projects, I jokingly said that I had enough “stuff” for 46 more hand-made projects. Since that day, June 27, 2020, I’ve completed 30 of the 47 projects (there was an addition when someone asked me to make her some pillowcases), all out of “stuff” I already had. That in and of itself is troubling. I invite you to take a look at my Facebook page for more on all the fun I’ve had.
This past Spring I used a lot of magnolias and lavender in my decor, and ended up with a whole lot of magnolias left over. I know magnolias aren’t traditionally used in Fall decor, but it’s what I have and I’m determined to make good use of what I have. So, this year, it’s all about magnolias.
Let’s get going. I bought the wire pumpkin at Dollar Tree last year, but like so many crafting supplies I buy, it sat in a box until today.
Wire wreath form from Dollar Tree, chunky yarn from WalMart or Hobby Lobby, ribbon, various silks for decorating, wire clippers, scissors, hot glue gun, and a piece of branch about 6-7 inches long.
While this is a simple project, it will take at least an hour to weave the yarn and then time to decorate your pumpkin. The wire form and all the decorations I used came from Dollar Tree, the ribbon was from Michael’s, and my yarn was Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss white for $6.99. You will use the entire skein of yarn.
To begin, you’ll need to cut off a piece of yarn that is fairly easy to work with, about 8-10 yards or so. Because you’ll be ‘weaving,’ you’ll want to cut a piece that you can wrap and push through the rungs of the wreath form. Then when you run out of that piece, you’ll just cut another piece and tie the two together at the back of the pumpkin.
Now that you have your working piece of yarn ready to go, at the bottom of the form all the way to one end, tie the yarn around the wire into a knot with the knot towards the back. Then begin wrapping the yarn around the first section of the the pumpkin from the bottom to the top.
My apologies for not having a photo of that. I thought I took one, but when my pumpkin was completed and I looked at my pics, there wasn’t a starting photo.
Once you have wrapped the yarn all the way to the top, then you will wrap yarn around the top wire over to the third wire coming down from the top and then begin wrapping that section. When you get to the bottom, wrap the wire that is at the bottom of the pumpkin over the the fourth wire coming down from the top. Then begin wrapping that section. When you run out of yarn, tie on a new piece, keeping the knot in the back of the pumpkin.
When you have completely wrapped the entire pumpkin, you can tie it off in the back with a knot, and it will look like this:
I think you’re going to be surprised how pretty and soft the pumpkin is, no matter what color yarn you choose to use.
Now we’re moving on to the pumpkin stem. If you’d like, you can leave it as it is, or you can wrap it with twine. But I chose to clip mine off, because it’s too small to be seen behind the decorations.
I clipped one side of the stem all the way down to the bottom, and I left about an inch on the other side.
Then I went outside and clipped a branch off of my magnolia tree so I could use it as the stem for my pumpkin. I drilled a small hole in the bottom of the branch (it’s about 7-inches long), and then glued it to the piece of wire sticking up.
After the stem is attached, you can begin decorating your pumpkin to your liking. I actually leaned mine up against a foam board and l laid it out on the pumpkin until I liked it. Then took a photo of it, which made it much easier for me to put everything back into the same place as I glued it down.
I love this pumpkin. It’s quite large and would look great on a front door — ‘though mine will be hanging in my dining room.