As promised, I’m sharing Patty Schaffer’s Burlap Pumpkins today, the perfect match for yesterday’s Burlap Cornucopia. Pair them together for a beautiful fall vignette all season long. I also have a little giveaway planned, so read on.
To make a Burlap Pumpkin, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 4” balls (or sizes of your choice)
- 1 yard orange burlap
- Coordinating cotton fabric (a fat quarter or two is more than enough)
- Scrap of corrugated cardboard
- Green patterned papers
- Green ink and sponge applicator
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Serrated kitchen knife; bar of soap or old candle; scissors; small nail scissors; wooden skewer or other pointed tool; 7/8” beading pins
To make a Burlap Pumpkin:
1. Wax your knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a slice from the top and bottom of the foam balls so that the balls do not roll, and they are shaped more like pumpkins.
2. Using the tip of the wooden skewer, draw deep creases into the foam balls, similar to the lines on a pumpkin. Vary the width of the sections so it’s more realistic.
3. Cut pieces or orange burlap and fabric to fit the sections. You’ll want to add an extra ¼” on all sides for the seam.
4. Place fabric or burlap piece on its corresponding section and use your knife to tuck the edges into the grooves. If needed, insert pins into the grooves to help hold the fabric in place. Trim excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.
5. Glue a small amount of Spanish moss to the top of each pumpkin.
6. Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard 1½” x 6” and roll it up till it’s the desired thickness for a pumpkin stem. Glue the stem in place.
7. Cut leaves from green patterned paper. Crumple the leaves, then flatten and ink the edges and the wrinkled surface. Glue leaves to the top of each pumpkin.
If you like Patty’s style, you might also want to check out her etsy site P.S. it’s in the details. Patty shares her beautiful paper creations, brimming with buttons and other whimsies, in her etsy shop.
Now for today’s giveaway. I mentioned yesterday that I love the STAK Tree® shape, which Patty used to make the Burlap Cornucopia. And I’d love for you to try it, too. So, this week, I’m going to give away a prize package with a 12” STAK Tree and three holiday crafting magazines: Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Christmas, Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts and Crafts ‘n things. Now, these are not the current year issues, but they are still packed with fun, sparkling, and irresistible Christmas craft, decorating and gift ideas.
To win this package, tell me about your Thanksgiving plans by Thursday, November 15. Are you cooking? Dining out? Traveling to visit family somewhere? Please leave your answer below, and I’ll announce the winner of the STAK Tree and Christmas crafting magazines on Friday, November 16.