Elegant Suede Pumpkin
A Halloween and Thanksgiving Decoration
Pumpkins are used for making Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts as holiday decorations. You can make a beautiful and elegant suede pumpkin, that is appropriate for any décor, by following easy to follow instructions.
At this time of year, do you find yourself pressed for time and, although you like to craft holiday decorations, you'd like them to be suitable for a couple of the holidays? This is a craft that you can use during the Halloween season and also through the Thanksgiving season. All you have to do is to remove the little black spider. How easy could that be.
This is an elegant pumpkin, crafted using polyester velvet (it almost looks like suede) in a pumpkin color. I've included photos to take you through the steps for making this Halloween and Thanksgiving decoration. It's an easy and inexpensive holiday craft.
34.5 ounce size coffee can
20 plastic grocery bags
Brown or tan yarn
1 yard polyester velvet (imitation suede)
Two 6" fall leaves
Place the coffee can in the center of one plastic grocery bag.
Stuff two rows of nine wadded up plastic grocery bags around the coffee can.
Tuck the edges of the outside bag between the bags and the top edge of the coffee can.
Use about 8 yards of yarn, folded in half, to wrap around the plastic bag wrapped can: first in half, then in fourths and then in eights, tightening and tying each wrap at the center top of the can.
Cut the polyester velvet (imitation suede) fabric into a 33" circle. Then cut 7 1/2" slits from the outside toward the center--eight slits. Set the wrapped coffee can in the center of the fabric circle.
Bring two opposite sections of the fabric to the top center of the can and tie in a half knot.
Using a piece of wire, about 12", tightly wire over the half knot. Tuck the tails inside the can. Tie the opposite two sections in a half knot, wire and also tuck the tails inside the can.
After making the next two sets of sections, tie and wire but do not tuck the tails into the can.
Fold over or cut the wire to about a 2" length. Gather the tails up around the wire. Using a long piece of tan or brown yarn (or jute), wrap it around the gathered tails to cover and form a stem. Trim the fabric from the top of the stem. If any spaces show between the fabric sections, dot one side with hot glue and bring the sections together.
Make wire curls by winding the wire around a pencil, and then glue along the pumpkin stem. Glue the two leaves around the stem. Place a spider on the pumpkin. Do not glue the spider down, then you can take the spider off and use the pumpkin as a Thanksgiving decoration.FYI: I didn't have colored fall leaves, so I brushed green, brown, gold and orange inside and on the edges of the leaves. I also used brown paint on the top edge of the stem. My pumpkin measures 9" tall and 10 1/2" diameter.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer