Burlap Pumpkin Craft

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So, here is an really easy pumpkin craft that turns out super cute.  This is another part of my “Pumpkin Patch”!  As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I went a little crazy with the pumpkins when it comes to crafts this year, so I ended up with my very own pumpkin patch!

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I have directions for each and every one of these lil pumpkins on here!  If you have the time, I suggest making them all – they make for amazing fall decor, and you can even put them out on your porch for Halloween for some “fancy” halloween decorations!  Of course, they each stand alone really well, in terms of decor, as well!

That being said, let’s talk about this burlap pumpkin!  This one is really easy to make, and thank goodness for Crafter’s Pick glue drying clear, because this takes a lot of glue, and I’m not the neatest gluer!  Ya know, though, other than the messy gluing, this craft is a lot of fun to make and is really quite easy!

BURLAP PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam ball (I used an 8 inch styrofoam ball)
  • Knife
  • Craft glue (I use Crafter’s Pick – it sticks great, dries clear, and is non-toxic)
  • Burlap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Paint sponge to apply the paint
  • Empty brown egg carton
  • Burlap string
  • Embellishments (I used some leaves and stems from some plastic flowers)

Directions

1.) The first step is to “carve” your pumpkin!  Use the knife to cut the top and bottom of the styrofoam ball, then create evenly spaced indented lines, so that your ball now looks more like a pumpkin.

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2.) Now comes the gluing!  Cut your burlap fabric into strips that will cover each section of the pumpkin and over lap into the indented lines.  Glue the burlap strips onto the pumpkin one strip at a time.

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3.) Once the glue has dried, cut out one of the tall egg dividers in the egg carton to create a stem.  Glue the stem onto the top of the burlap covered pumpkin.

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4.) Once the glue has dried, you want to paint your burlap.  To do this, use a sponge brush, and dab the paint on little by little.

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5.) After the paint has dried, put some glue on the stem and wrap the burlap string around the stem from the bottom to the top, covering it completely.  Tuck the ends in.

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6.) Place some more glue (I know!  More glue!!!) on the base of the stem and add on your embellishments.  Allow the glue to dry.

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Ta-da!  Don’t worry, once the glue dries, it will be clear (as long as you are using Crafter’s Pick), so you won’t see big globs of glue on the craft!  You’re all done!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Beaded Pumpkin Craft

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This adorable pumpkin that I made is a perfect autumn craft!  It’s really quite simple to put together, but the end result looks fantastic!  I think I can file this under “easy crafts that look hard”.  Another plus?  There’s not a ton of materials involved, so it’s pretty cheap to put together as well!

After putting this together, I added it to my “Pumpkin Patch”.  I went a little bezerk with pumpkins this year, but I’m glad I did, because once they were all done, and I put them all together, they looked fantastic together!

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So cute, right?  Don’t worry, I have a post for each of these beauties on here with instructions on how to make them!  BUT, let’s get back to this particular pumpkin!  This beaded pumpkin was really fun to make, and gluing each bead on where I want it is actually kind of therapeutic (though I think all crafts are fantastic for mental clarity!).

Okay, let’s get to the instructions!!!

BEADED PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam Ball (I used a 4 inch styrofoam ball for this craft)
  • Knife
  • Craft glue (My favorite is Crafter’s Pick, because it sticks perfectly, is non-toxic, and dries clear – which is great for a messy gluer like myself!
  • Mixed beads (I used “In Bloom” acrylic bead mix that I got at Hobby Lobby)
  • Empty brown egg carton
  • Burlap string
  • Embellishments for the stem (I used a leaf from some old plastic flowers and a bow)

Directions

1.) First, you want to cut the top and bottom of your styrofoam ball to make it more in the shape of a pumpkin.

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2.) Cut one of the tall egg dividers from your egg carton.  This will serve as your pumpkin stem.  Glue the divider onto the styrofoam ball.

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3.) Now comes the fun part!  Glue the beads onto the styrofoam ball one by one.  You may have to do this in batches and let them dry in between each batch depending on how quickly your glue dries.

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4.) Once the beads are all glued on, and the glue has dried, put some glue on the stem, and then wrap your burlap string around the stem from bottom to top covering it completely.  Tuck the ends of the string in.

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5.) Place some glue at the base of the stem and add your embellishments.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

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All done!  Told ya it was easy!  But wow!!!  Look how cute!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Stringed Beads Pumpkin Craft

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Finally!  A use for all those Mardi Gras beads that I’ve collected through the years!  TOTALLY KIDDING!!!  I was out craft shopping, and saw a big bag of orange mardi gras beads on sale, so I instantly thought of my “pumpkin patch” that was developing from all the pumpkin crafts that I’ve done this year!

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I decided to make one more pumpkin craft with these beads, because the idea was just too clear in my head to let it go (plus, it was a sale – duh!)

I’m really glad I did, because this craft turns out so cute!  It looks great by itself, or with other pumpkin crafts!  Plus, it’s really easy to make!

STRINGED BEAD PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam ball ( I used a 6 inch styrofoam ball for this craft)
  • Knife
  • Orange mardi gras beads
  • Green Mardi gras beads
  • empty brown egg carton
  • Craft glue (I used Crafter’s Pick – it sticks great, dries clear, and is non-toxic)
  • Embellishments (I used some leaves and stems from some plastic flowers)

Directions

1.) The first step is to use a knife to cut the top and bottom of the styrofoam ball to make it more of a pumpkin shape.

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2.) The next step is to cut out one of the tall egg dividers from the carton to use as a stem.  Glue the stem on the top of the styrofoam ball, place some glue on the stem and wrap it with the green beads.  You will need to cut the bead necklace to that it is just a string of beads, not a necklace.

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3.) Let the glue dry completely.  Now you will want to cut the orange necklaces to be strings as well.  Glue the strings of beads on one at at time to cover the whole styrofoam ball.

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4.) Let the glue dry completely.  Place some glue at the base of the stem and add your embellishments.  Let the glue dry completely.

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That’s it!  Easy peasy, right?

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Enjoy! 🙂

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN BOOK CRAFT – SO CUTE AND EASY!

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A year and a half or so ago, we were getting ready to move again, which means it was time for me to get rid of as much stuff as possible.  I had tons of old books that I wasn’t sure what to do with – I didn’t like the idea of just throwing them away, so I made a visit to Pinterest to see what I could find craft wise.  I found this pin:

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How cute are those paper book vases?  On the website for these, I also found one of these paper crafts shaped as  pear, which gave me the idea of making a pumpkin out of some old books that I had this halloween.  It turned out to be surprisingly easy and extremely cheap!

Since you already have the books, the only things you have to pay for is the ribbon, glue, and a small can of spray paint.  I already had my glue gun, glue sticks, the books, and the ribbon, so I only had to pay for a small can of spray paint to make these.  Originally, I wanted to use cinnamon sticks for the stems, but I figured why not save myself a few dollars and a trip to the store and just go outside and grab some sticks off the ground – they worked great!

Here’s the instructions for this cute halloween craft!

Materials:

  • an old book
  • pencil
  • scissors or an exacto knife
  • glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
  • small can of orange spray paint
  • green ribbon
  • a stick from outside for a stem

Instructions:

1.) Start by tracing out or drawing a pumpkin shape on a piece of paper, then cut out your shape.

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2.) Fold your pumpkin shape in half, and trace it out onto the first page of your book.  Use an exacto knife to cut through 5-10 pages at a time, or you can use scissors.  I started out using an exacto knife, but then ended up using scissors as I found it to be easier since my knife wasn’t very sharp (time for a new one).

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3.)  Continue doing this until all the pages are cut into half a pumpkin shape.  Cut off the ends of the book backing keeping the part that is part of the pumpkin intact.  Remove the cover and the back cover page.  You want to end up with what looks like a stack of pages in the shape of half a pumpkin.

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4.) Use your glue gun to glue the edges of the backing together spreading out the pages into the shape of a pumpkin.  Spread your pages out to your liking, and if you have any stubborn pages that don’t want to stay in place (I had a lot of them), use your glue gun to glue them to the next page fanning out the pages as much as possible.

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Now I must pause for cuteness!  Here is a picture of our cat Sophie being curious as to what was being created here.  Fitting as this is a halloween craft, and she is a black cat!

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Okay, getting back on track. 🙂

5.) Use your spray paint to LIGHTLY color the edges of the pages.  You don’t want to overdo this, you just want a really light and even dusting of color.

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6.) Once paint is completely dry, you now want to add your stems.  To do this, I just used A LOT of glue from the glue gun.  Since this glue dries fairly quickly, I was able to just hold the stem in place and gob glue around it, then wait till it dried enough to hold the stick in place on it’s own.

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7.) Really you can stop here if you would like, but I wanted to cover up the gob of glue that I created to put the stem in place, so I added a ribbon, and that did the trick while still looking really cute!  Just tie the ribbon around the base of the stem and arrange how you would like.

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You’re done!  Put them proudly on display for some really cute halloween decor!

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Aren’t they so cute?  Happy Halloween and enjoy! 🙂