Pumpkin crafts, big & small, today I have 18 in all. No round up of Halloween crafts is complete without a big pumpkin patch of craft ideas for making pumpkins. Today’s pumpkin ideas are made from repurposed socks to felt and paper. Yes, I said socks! This Row of Sock Pumpkins is made from a man’s tube sock. If you’re lucky enough, maybe you can find an orange knee sock to make the pumpkins, and if not, Kathleen has several suggestions for dying the tube sock orange.
To make a Row of Sock Pumpkins, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, four 3” balls
- Man’s large size white tube sock
- Orange dye*
- Green floral wire
- Felt: green, and small piece of black, brown and white
- Chenille stems, green
- Needle & thread
- Straight pins
- Tools needed: knippers; scissors; small scissors or other pointed tool such as a knitting needle or wood skewer; pencil
(*You can use fabric dye, or experiment with easy-to-use alternatives, like food coloring, Kool-Aid, and even Wilton cake icing color mixed with water)
To make a Row of Sock Pumpkins:
1. Dye a man’s white tube sock orange. Leave the sock in the colored water until the sock is a bit darker than your desired shade as the sock will lighten as it dries. Let the sock drip dry.
2. Push a 3” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam down into the toe of the sock, pulling the sock tight around the ball. Twist a 2 ½”-length of green floral wire around the sock and as close to the ball as possible. Tuck in the wire ends.
3. Repeat with the three remaining balls. After you tie off the last ball, trim away the excess sock, leaving about a 3/8” tail after the last twist tie.
4. Remove the last twist tie. With a sharp pencil, poke a hole into the middle of the exposed foam ball. The hole needs to be wide and deep enough so that you can tuck in the end of the sock.
5. Place some white craft glue into the hole in the ball. Using the point of a small pair of scissors or other pointed tool, tuck the ends of the sock down into the hole in the foam ball. Hold the sock in place with straight pins till glue dries.
6. Arrange the sock so that the four balls sit in a straight row. Gently press each ball on a flat surface to slightly flatten the bottom to prevent rolling.
7. Cut 10 leaves from green felt and glue a pair of leaves between the pumpkins and at each end. Cut out four, 1-1/2” x 1” pieces of brown felt and roll each lengthwise into a tube. Poke a hole in the top of each pumpkin, and rotate pencil around the hole to widen it. Add glue and insert the felt stem. If needed, hold in place with pins till the glue dries.
8. Curl a short length of chenille stem around a pencil. Insert the vine into the pumpkin next to the stem. If you like, add an extra leaf or two to the stems.
9. Cut jack-‘o-lantern faces from black and white felt and glue to pumpkins.
I loved the Paper Loop Pumpkins made by Kellie at Polished to Perfection. What a great way to use your paper scraps, and this is one the kids can help with, too.
Last year I made this Glitter Blast Pumpkin, and featured seven more pumpkin crafts on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Click on through to see the round-up.
This Handful of Pumpkins is another cutie from Crafts ‘n Coffee (and it’s made with an old glove).
And here’s one more collection of pumpkin crafts from Crafts ‘n Coffee. You’ll find the links to all of the tutorials for these personality-packed pumpkins by clicking on the photo.
Do you have a favorite in this pumpkin patch? Are there any pumpkins you plan to make?