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Jute Pumpkin Tutorial

Last month I tried in vain to decoupage scrapbook and then tissue paper onto foam pumpkins I picked up at the dollar store. Everyone else was doing it on Pinterest and making it look so easy.  Not liking the results of either, I then decided to wrap my pumpkins and thereby hide my failed attempts. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, right?

My “Glitter” Pumpkin Tutorial will show you how I wrapped one pumpkin with eyelash yarn. For my other pumpkin, I wanted to do something less Halloweeny and more fall, so I chose to cover it with jute. You’ve probably seen several other versions of this, but I differentiated mine by covering it vertically. In my opinion, the finished product is visually interesting and looks expensive.

I think you know by now that I am into providing crafting realness about my projects. This one is messy and takes a good deal of time. The good news is you still have plenty of time before Thanksgiving to whip up some of these to add to your decor!

Supplies:

  • Artificial Pumpkin (I used a medium-sized, foam one from the dollar store)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue (one pumpkin used almost an entire bottle)
  • Natural-Colored Jute (buy this at the hardware store – it’s much cheaper than the craft store, and you will have more size options!)
  • Green Jute (see above)

Step One:

To cover the pumpkins vertically, you will need a gagillion pieces of jute. I measured from the base of the stem to the center of the bottom to figure out how long my pieces needed to be. For my pumpkin, that was 7in.

Step Two:

Here comes the messy part! A pumpkin has natural ridges and valleys. I chose to approach each ridge as a separate section. Starting in either valley, I worked from the outside in switching from left to right with each piece of jute. To attach each piece to the pumpkin, I applied a line of glue onto my pumpkin before placing it.

The top and bottom have smaller surface area than the sides of the pumpkin, so I had to get creative with the jute. I criss-crossed the pieces, meaning that I attached them to the opposite side from where they started.

I placed each new piece to the outside of the one before it on that side. In doing so, I created a fishtail look at the top and bottom. The pictures explain it better than words!

I made sure that each piece of jute was close together to avoid my ugly, tissue paper job from showing through the finished product. I promise you that your fingers will get very messy! Luckily Elmer’s comes off easily. Don’t fret if you see a lot of white glue. Again since this is Elmer’s it will dry clear. If your pumpkin gets too tacky to work with, leave it alone for a few hours to dry. When you make it the whole way around the pumpkin, it should look something like this.

Step Three:

All these pieces of jute don’t make for a very pretty bottom for your pumpkin.

To fix this, I attached jute with glue in a spiral pattern.

Once all the stray ends were covered by my spiral, I snipped the end of my jute and left it to dry for several hours.

Step Four:

The unfinished top of my pumpkin was no prettier than the bottom.

To make my stem, I coiled green jute around the top of the pumpkin. I left a long tail to create the illusion of vine and began making a spiral starting in the center of the top and working outwards.

Like the bottom, I stopped once all my stray ends of jute were covered.

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“Glitter” Pumpkin Tutorial

Pinterest is rampant right now with pumpkins covered in everything imaginable. I set out to cover a styrofoam pumpkin with Halloween scrapbook paper. Unfortunately the paper was not pliable enough to conform to the curves of the pumpkin. When that failed, I tried tissue paper, but I didn’t like the way it looked.

Determined to cover my pumpkin with something, I rifled through my yarn bin and found the perfect thing – glitter eyelash yarn! Yarn is certainly flexible enough to cover the non-flat surface of a pumpkin. Plus this particular yarn provides the shimmer and glitz of glitter without the mess. They say the third time’s the charm!

Supplies:

Step One:

Beginning on the bottom of the pumpkin, apply a thick layer of Elmer’s glue to the center. I tried Mod Podge first, but it didn’t seem like the best adhesive for this. I then wanted to use my all-purpose craft glue, but the consistency was more paste than glue. I recommend using Elmer’s. It not only dries clear, but Elmer’s is affordable, which is good since you’ll need a good amount of it. Starting in the center, begin to coil the orange yarn, making sure to press it down into the glue.

Step Two:

Continue applying glue to the pumpkin and wrapping it with orange yarn until you cover the entire body of the pumpkin. Be patient and prepared to get a little covered in glue. I took breaks periodically to allow the glue to dry so that it would be easier to hold the pumpkin while I wrapped.

Step Three:

Once the body is covered in orange yarn, apply glue to the stem and wrap it with the green yarn.

Step Four:

With your pumpkin fully wrapped, you’ll need to let it dry. How long it needs will depend on how much glue you used. I let mine dry overnight just to be on the safe side.

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