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Quick Fall Craft: DIY Ribbon Pumpkin

A few weeks ago, the weather gave us the shyest hint that fall was coming and immediately I became more cheerful and optimistic. Fall always makes me feel hopeful and relaxed, like I want to take things easier, slow down, and just savor the season.

Naturally, at the first sign of browning leaves, I went straight to the craft store to stock up on my fall-themed craft supplies. Of course, I go straight for the most colorful aisle in the store – the ribbon section. I’m frequently attracted to ribbons, but can never figure out how to craft with them in a way that doesn’t look tacky. I thought I’d try my luck at shaping the wired ribbon into a pumpkin, using a particularly shimmery one to add to my collection of glitter pumpkins (my favorite!).  Plus, using a glittered ribbon seemed like a safe way to incorporate glitter into my décor without getting it everywhere.

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Lately, my busy days are making it hard for me to sit down and really enjoy a day of full crafting, so I have to supplement with smaller things I can do during a one-hour TV session. This craft took maybe 10 minutes from start to finish.

Supplies:

  • Sheer, wired-edge, 1- or 2-inch ribbon, like this or this (non-sheer)
  • Clear tape (not necessary, but makes it easier)
  • Craft/jewelry wire or a twist-tie
  • Cinnamon stick

Cut four equal sized strips from the ribbon, mine were about 14 inches. You’ll want to leave an additional 1 – 2 inches on the ends to wrap them. The longer the ribbon, the bigger the pumpkin. I recommend keeping them small, since the ribbon isn’t the sturdiest.

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I used a “template pumpkin” to get a good size.

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Take the first two ribbons and cross them right at the middle. Temporarily tape them down to hold in place.

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Add the third ribbon, diagonally intersecting the other two. Then add the fifth ribbon, crossing diagonally the other way across the existing ribbons. Secure with tape.

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This part is a little tricky. Slowly start twisting the open ends of the ribbon together, until they’re all bunched and have closed the top.

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Secure by wrapping a wire around the ends.

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Sometimes the ribbons get pushed around in the process, but simply puff them out and help mold them into a pumpkin shape. Remove the tape (I forgot when I was photographing). As long as the pumpkin isn’t moved around too much, it should keep its shape just fine. Then add a cinnamon stick for a stem!

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You can pick up a few different colors of ribbon to have an entire ribbon pumpkin patch!

Pin it here:

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quick fall craft: star studded pumpkin

With everything that’s going on these days, I’m determined to keep the project time on crafts down to a minimum, or else I’ll have a bunch of half-finished crafts hanging around.

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This star-studded pumpkin took just a few minutes to make! You can customize it any way you like, and as added bonus, it was practically free to make. The foam pumpkin was left over from last year (but originally $1 from a dollar store). The spray paint was left over from this project.  And the brads were free at a craft swap!

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It was so refreshing to be able to wrap up a cute craft knowing I didn’t spend an entire afternoon and $50 on it, because we all know that can certainly happen.

You will need:
– Foam pumpkin (I bet a real one would work too!)
– spray paint (optional)
scrapbooking brads/paper fasteners

If you want to change the original color of the foam pumpkin, spray it with two coats of spray paint. Waiting 15 minutes in between coats. I did the dishes during this time and felt like a big champ.

After you’ve placed your final coat of paint on the pumpkin, wait another 15 minutes or so for it to dry. You want the pumpkin to be dry to the touch.

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Then get to poking! You can put as many or as few brads as you would like.

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Go ahead and customize your pumpkins by switching up the spray paint color and the type of brads. I’d love to see what you come up with.

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five great no-carve pumpkin ideas

There are only a few days left until Halloween. I haven’t had a lot of time to stop by a pumpkin patch, let alone carve a pumpkin, so this year, I might just pick up a sugar pumpkin at the grocery store (sigh). Luckily, there are some very cute no-carve ideas out there and some of these look like they only take a few minutes to make. Here are my top five (all with tutorials!).

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

1. Button Pumpkins from Mom4Real
2. Donut Pumpkins from Studio DIY
3. Neon Ombre Pumpkins from Funky Time
4. Push Pin Pumpkins from A Subtle Revelry
5. Melted Crayon Pumpkins from The Swedish Records

What do you think? Aren’t they all so beautiful? Which one would you choose?

carved pumpkin inspiration – Haunted Pumpkin Garden

I am such a sucker for a good carved pumpkin. So much so, that I dragged Ryan and my sister to the New York Botanical Garden to see their Haunted Pumpkin Garden. It was a two hour trip, one way. Talk about commitment

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I soon realized that the Haunted Pumpkin Garden was a children’s exhibit – I guess when I think Haunted, I thought adult, but it didn’t spoil the fun. Haunted Pumpkin Garden

There were so many creative pumpkin carvings. I really had to control myself with the photos. Sorry for the image overload.

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Sun-Shaped Carved Pumpkin - NY Botanical Gardens

Carved Pumpkins

They had a pumpkin mushroom patch. How cute is that? You know how much I love mushrooms.

Mushrooms Made out of Pumpkins

Mushrooms made out of Pumpkins

This exhibit was produced with the help of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. They sanction all of those giant pumpkin contests. They’ll be displaying the world’s three largest pumpkins in Grand Central.  I couldn’t get a date, but I’ll be sure to keep a look out. It should be soon.

Spider made from Pumpkins

Snake Pumpkin

So, if it isn’t obvious, all of the pumpkins are fake, When I realized that, it was sort of like telling me there is no Santa Clause. I guess it makes sense. The pumpkins have to sit out for more than a month. Regardless, the entire exhibit was still magical.

Scarecrow Pumpkins

Spooky Bush

The gardens themselves are stunning. They have paved paths and more rustic trails, which are great for taking a stroll or going on a run. The Bronx river even runs through it, so we walked along the water for a while and tried our skills at tree identification (our new hobby). It was hard to believe we were still in the city.

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And the rose garden was blooming! How lucky were we?

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Ryan and I in the Rose Garden

The quiet paths and Autumn’s trees were exactly what I needed on a Sunday. Even waiting for the train ride home seemed peaceful and magical at dusk.

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DIY glitter pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

I can’t help myself when it comes to glitter, especially around Halloween. This was such a fun D.I.Y. I invited a few friends over and we made a party out of it. It only takes an hour or two. Most of the time is just waiting for paint to dry, so we spent it eating pizza and catching up.

This project was inspired by the glitter pumpkins on Tatertots & Jello.

You’ll need foam pumpkins, acrylic paint or primer, foam brushes, glitter spray paint, and a drop cloth.

I used Krylon’s Glitter Blast Spray Paint. This stuff is amazing. We did three colors: Starry Night, Bronze Blaze, and Orange Burst. Unlike my glitter Christmas trees, which threw glitter everywhere, this glitter stays put. It doesn’t end up all over the house. It sticks right on the pumpkins.

Here’s how you make these pumpkins. First, paint on a base coat. We tried a couple of different options: Martha Stewart’s primer paint, white acrylic paint, and colored acrylic paint. The colored acrylic paint worked best. You can use a white primer (pictured below), but the pumpkins primed with black, brown, and orange paint turned out the best. If  you don’t use a colored base coat, you’ll end up using a lot of spray paint (and that stuff is expensive).

We did two coats of primer. Let it dry for a ten or fifteen minutes between coats.

One the coats are dry, get to spraying.

Hold the spray paint about twelve inches away. Coat it completely and evenly with the first coat and wait another ten or fifteen minutes before you apply the second coat. Like I mentioned before, if you use a white base, you’ll need multiple coats. If you use a colored base, you’ll only really need two coats of spray paint. Let them sit overnight to dry completely.

Here’s the finished result. I went a little overboard with the photos. They’re just so pretty. You bet I’m keeping these up through Thanksgiving.

Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

Here’s the whole family. We did a few different sized pumpkins.

This was so much fun. I love looking at them in my house.

This post is linked up here.

cute ideas: no carve pumpkins

I went to a pumpkin patch yesterday, which means it’s officially fall. Perhaps a little too ecstatically, I dragged my boyfriend through rows of pumpkins until I found the right one. I’ve debated on whether or not I should carve it, since carving is messy and it might rot soon. While I decide, here are some lovely ideas for pumpkins if you don’t want to deal with the carving mess. Now that I’m a grown up, it’s time to have grown up seasonal decorations.

1. This one is covered in fashionable tissue paper. Tutorial via The Haute Mama Fashionista
2.  Batty Painted Pumpkins via Parents.com

3. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven Pumpkin via Mrs. B

3. Martha makes magic again with her Toadstool Gourd and Pumpkin display. There’s also a tutorial.
4. These plaid pumpkins are adorable over at Better Homes and Gardens.

Also, here are some carved ones that look like they require a lot of work. But I couldn’t leave without showing you these cuties

Porcupines! Aren’t they perfect? There’s even a tutorial, but this one seems like you have to be a pumpkin carving pro to create these.