Welcome to October’s DIY Challenge. If you are coming here, from Corine’s Junk to Gems, I’m so happy that you are here! This month Terrie of Decorate and More With Tip asked us to give all of you lots of pumpkin inspiration. So that’s just what we did! Today I’m sharing how to make a Faux Sweater Pumpkin.
I’m sure all of you have seen those gorgeous sweater covered pumpkins.
All you have to do is cut up an old sweater and cover the pumpkin.
But what if you don’t have an old sweater?
Well, you create a pumpkin out of yarn!
Here is how you turn a plain little Dollar tree pumpkin into a beautiful faux sweater pumpkin.
Remove the pumpkin stem.
Which is super easy as it is only attached with a toothpick.
Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin.
Paint the Pumpkin.
I recommend painting the pumpkin a color close to the yarn you will be using.
Your yarn will leave “holes” where the pumpkins color can peek through.
Braid the yarn.
I started off by cutting 9 – 26′ pieces of yarn for each braid.
Gather the 9 strands at the top and tie them off.
Then divide the 9 strands into 3 groups.
Keeping the yarn flat braid the 3 groups together.
Tie off the bottom of the braid just like you did the top.
You will need approximately 10 – 12 braids per pumpkin, depending upon the yarn you use.
Apply the braids to the the pumpkin.
Put one end of the braid into the hole of the pumpkin, then wrap around the pumpkin and place the tail of the braid into the hole.
Keep doing this until the pumpkin is completely covered in braids.
Give the pumpkin a stem.
Add a wine cork or tree branch to the top of the pumpkin.
Just stick it into the hole, the braids will hold the stem in place.
Add leaves to the pumpkin.
I chose to add these felt leaves, but really any leaf would do.
To attach them I cut out the felt, gathered the end and hot glued it to a piece of wire.
Once dry, I stuck the wire into the pumpkin hole.
As with the stem, the braids will hold the leaves in place.
I made a couple of the faux sweater pumpkins.
One with a variegated yarn and another with a chenille yarn.
Both are cute, but the variegated is my favorite!
It really does look like a cable knit sweater.
I’m a big fan of the faux sweater pumpkin.
No more looking for sweaters to cut up and it’s fun and easy to make!
Now, I hope that you will join me and visit Carol at Bluesky at Home.
I can’t wait to see what pumpkin inspo she’s cooked up!
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