There’s a little back story to my DIY, No-Sew Silk Pumpkins. Originally, I wanted to make elegant, brocade pumpkins, but have you priced brocade fabric? Ouch! While searching for other options on etsy, I turned up a gorgeous selection of silk fabrics made from saris, and they were very affordable. Perfect! The colors and patterns are very rich, and these No-Sew Silk Pumpkins are one-of-a- kind. Better yet, you won’t believe how easy they are to make. I hope you’ll give them a try!
Note: These Silk Pumpkins first appeared in Craft Ideas magazine, which is no longer published. 😦
To make No-Sew Silk Pumpkins, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 5” balls
- Silk fabric: One fat quarter per pumpkin
- Dried pumpkin stems
- Spray paint in metallic gold
- Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins
To make No-Sew Silk Pumpkins:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of each foam ball. Roll the cut edges on a tabletop and use your fingers to gently compress and round the edges to make a pumpkin shape. Carve a small, 1” – 1-1/2” wide hole at the top of the pumpkin to accommodate excess fabric.
Note: For a pumpkin shape that is squatter and less round, cut larger slices from the top and bottom of the foam ball.
2. Cut a fabric circle to fit around each ball and overlap at the top. A 20” circle will cover the 6” ball with fabric to spare.
3. Place a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in the center of the corresponding fabric circle. Bring the edges of the fabric up to the top of the ball, and finger pleat as you go. As you continue to cover the ball, pin the pleats in place at the top of the ball. When the ball is covered, trim away excess fabric, so that the top is smooth. Glue the fabric in place.
4. Paint the pumpkin stems gold. Let dry.
5. Glue a stem to the top of each pumpkin.
And that’s it! I used my extra sari fabrics to make this Fall Succulent Wreath. The colors of the silk are perfect for fall!
Ordering the fabrics from etsy was so easy. The fabrics shipped quickly, and every piece was beautiful. There’s still plenty of time to order your fabrics and make the pumpkins and the wreath. I just quickly searched etsy for silk sari fabrics, and found that the shop Glitz and Pieces sells four fat quarters for $9.00. There are other options, too.
Do you shop for craft supplies on etsy? Or other online stores? I’m curious to know how often you shop online for your craft supplies and if you have a favorite, online craft store?
P.S. The last Tinsel Tuesday is next week, and here’s a sneak peek!