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Day 3: Pipe Cleaner Covered

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Welcome to Day 3 of my #31daysofpumpkins craftstravaganza! So happy to have you here! If you missed Day 1 and/or 2, you can find them here and here. Please check them out and then follow me on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or via email to make sure you don’t miss a single one of the 31 days! It’s going to be craftastic!

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I’ve really been enjoying all the creativity that’s been flowing through my house while making these pumpkins. It’s fun coming up with an idea and then watching something form out of nothing. Most of the pumpkins I’ve been working on have been fairly easy- not too intensive in terms of time or materials.

This one, however….yeeeeeaaaahhh….this one is a different story.

Here’s how it happened.

I said to myself, ‘Self, wouldn’t it be super cute to use pipe cleaners to decorate a pumpkin? They’re practically the same length and should be fairly easy to adhere.’

And, of course, Self said, ‘Yeah! That sounds awesome! It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes and we can even use the sparkly ones!’

Thus, the journey to this pumpkin began.

True, the pipe cleaners were about the same length as the pumpkin. And true, I was able to find the super glitzy awesome ones at the ever fabulous Dollar Tree (whoop, whoop!), so that my crafting foray didn’t break the bank.

But that’s where easy ended.

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I must confess this was one of THE HARDEST crafts I have ever done! {And I’ve done some doozies!}

First off, all the pipe cleaners had to be cut to length- because although they were ‘about’ the same length as the pumpkin- they weren’t *quite right*.

Then I tried to glue them on with tacky glue- but that was just an exercise in futility. That stuff takes WAY too long to dry and I found I was going nowhere FAST.

Enter my trusty glue gun and we finally started making some headway, but true to form with glue guns, hot glue got EVERYWHERE. I pretty much burned my fingertips off, and the hot glue caused the finished product to look less-than-stellar (at least to me).

Because the pumpkins are foam, they tend to melt some under the heat of the hot glue, and it gobs in places- leaving unsightly glue splotches seeping up between your pipe cleaners.

At that point though, I was entirely too invested to give up- even though I really, really wanted to. {Those glue gobs were really getting me down, man!} To try and make myself love it a bit more, I grabbed some of my metallic craft paint in silver and black and added just a touch to the glue gobs in an effort to ‘mask’ them.

So after all my bellyaching- here’s the tutorial if you feel you need it.

Day 3: Pipe Cleaner Covered

Grab your trusty foam pumpkin from Dollar Tree (or any other retailer of your choosing)

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No need to paint it unless you want to (I don’t mind the orange peeking out between the pipe cleaners)

Measure your pipe cleaners (by holding them against your pumpkin) and then cut them all to size with wire cutters or really strong scissors.

Lay out your pattern and start gluing them down! (I chose to use silver pipe cleaners in all the indentations to create delineation lines- then I filled in with a black/silver/black pattern)

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Be patient- it takes FAR longer than the 30 minutes I originally anticipated.

When finished, use one last black pipe cleaner to glue around the stem.

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Be prepared to burn the crap out of your fingers because you have to move the pipe cleaners around a lot and fill in quite a bit. But the end result is worth it!

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Glitzy AND creepily spooktastic. It’s starting to grow on me.

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what other neat pumpkin idea I’ve managed to dream up!

Til then…

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Serendipity and Spice (Manic Mondays)
Lines Across (Monday Funday)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Inspiration Mondays)
The Dedicated House (Make It Pretty Monday)
Keeping It Simple Crafts (Motivate Me Monday)
Boogieboard Cottage
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A Stroll Thru Life (Inspire Me Tuesday)
Happy Brown House (Good Tips Tuesday)
Cornerstone Confessions (Titus 2 Tuesdays)
The Kim Six Fix (You’re Gonna Love It Link Up)
Savvy Southern Style (Wow Us Wednesdays)
The Dedicated House (Before and After Wednesdays)
Stone Gable (The Scoop)
Ivy and Elephants (What’s It Wednesday)
The Style Sisters (Centerpiece Wednesday)
Carolyn’s Homework (Extra Credit)

 

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Welcome to Day 3 of my #31daysofpumpkins craftstravaganza! So happy to have you here! If you missed Day 1 and/or 2, you can find them here and here. Please check them out and then follow me on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or via email to make sure you don’t miss a single one of the […]

Day 2: Duct Tape Covered

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If you’re checking in for Day 2 of my #31daysofpumpkins craftstravaganza, welcome back!

If you’re just now stumbling across the blog, welcome to you too and don’t forget to click here to check out Day 1!

If you’re wondering what in the world I’m blathering on about, I decided to utilize the 31 days of October to create 31 different and adorable pumpkin crafts- because I firmly believe there is no such thing as too much pumpkin!

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Funny story: while shopping in the ever-addictive Hobby Lobby the other day, my son introduced me to this amazing product- Burlap Duct Tape!

I had plans to do a burlap pumpkin and I thought this would make it so much easier. PLUS, the orange chevron design was adorable and just SCREAMED fall! So, I grabbed a roll and headed for the registers.

Once I got home and got ready to work on my pumpkin, I opened my tape, only to find out (spoiler alert): IT’S NOT REAL BURLAP! Now, I’m not really sure why I was expecting it should be-but for some reason I was. :( Regardless, I had this super cute product and I was not about to let it go to waste.

I originally was going to do long strips of it down the length of the pumpkin, intending to match up the chevrons and have it all nice and neat.

{Note to world: curvy ridged pumpkins and duct tape with specific designs do not nice and neat make.}

So after much frustration, and 20 minutes of placing tape on and ripping tape off because I couldn’t get it *just right*, I gave up and went freeform!

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Once I gave in to the chaos (remember, OCD?) I realized I actually liked the way the pumpkin was turning out. It looks really cute and kinda trendy with the wonky chevron going every which way. By the time I was done, I really dug the finished product!

Bonus? I can put this baby out on September 1 and won’t have to pack her away until November 30! She fits in with my fall, Halloween, AND Thanksgiving decor! I love timeless decorations!

Here’s the crazy simple tutorial:

Day 2: Duct Tape Covered Pumpkin

Take your fantastically inexpensive Dollar Tree foam pumpkin (or any other pumpkin of your choosing).

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Don’t bother painting it- unless you’re just obsessive like that.

Whip out your awesomely cute burlap duct tape (or any duct tape that gets your motor going) and cut off decent sized squares. (Mine were probably about as long as the duct tape is wide- I just eyeballed it)

Slap those puppies on your pumpkin in a random pattern!

Top with some jute/twine rope around the stem.

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Display in your home and wait for the compliments!

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Too dang cute!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what other neat pumpkin idea I’ve managed to dream up!

Til then….

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Boogieboard Cottage (Masterpiece Mondays)
A Stroll Thru Life (Inspire Me Tuesday)
Happy Brown House (Good Tips Tuesday)
The Dedicated House (Before and After Wednesdays)
Stone Gable (The Scoop)
Ivy and Elephants (What’s It Wednesday)

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If you’re checking in for Day 2 of my #31daysofpumpkins craftstravaganza, welcome back! If you’re just now stumbling across the blog, welcome to you too and don’t forget to click here to check out Day 1! If you’re wondering what in the world I’m blathering on about, I decided to utilize the 31 days of October […]

Day 1: Moss Covered

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Hey guys! Well, it’s certainly that time of year again… a crisp nip in the air, the smell of burning leaves, pumpkin on everyone’s brain… it’s FALL, y’all! This is absolutely my most favorite season- even more so now that I live in beautiful Missouri and don’t have a summer that stretches into December (thank you North Carolina)! With fall on my mind ever since the temps started dropping, I knew I wanted to dive feet first into some intensive crafting (and pumpkin pie…) ;)

Thanks to my lovely Facebook feed, I saw this awesome post by Kim over at the Kim Six Fix and I was off and running. My mind was going 90 to nothin’ with ideas and I couldn’t GET to Dollar Tree fast enough!

I had so many ideas that I thought it would be a fun challenge to do 31 days of pumpkins to coincide with the 31 days of October. After all, what screams October more than pumpkin?! I knew I didn’t want to have all of them ‘over-Halloweeney’ or too generically ‘fall’, so my goal is to do a nice mix of the two.

And yes, before any of you point it out- I know I’m posting Day 1 on Day 10…which makes me late… as usual. I’ll probably be right on schedule by about… oh… Day 31! Sue me.

So without further ado, I bring you:

Day 1: Moss Covered Pumpkin

This poor pumpkin was ridiculously simple to do, I almost feel silly giving you a tutorial.

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Your first step is to buy one of those atrociously orange foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree and tone it down a bit with some craft paint. I used a light brown. Let it dry.

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Have your floral moss ready to go. I got mine at Dollar Tree (of course!) It’s called reindeer moss and I chose it because it was greener than the other gray mosses and looked a little more vibrant. I’m trying to say ‘fall‘ here…not ‘dead of winter‘!

Keep in mind the moss generally comes pretty clumped together, because it’s intended to go at the base of a flower arrangement- not glued to a pumpkin. So, I had to cut it- A LOT- in order to get the small individual shreds of moss I was desiring to cover my pumpkin with. (FYI, it only takes one bag of moss to cover the whole shooting match.)

Then take some Aleene’s tacky glue and water it down a touch. You want it thick, but not gloppy. It needs to have a little runniness to it, but not so much that it’s out of control.

Once all your pieces and parts are ready to go, just start working in small areas, applying a nice thick coat of glue and then topping with moss. You do have to press down lightly, which means you WILL… I repeat, WILL get covered with glue AND moss. It’s the nature of the beast- it washes off easily. You’ll be fine.

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Don’t be impatient like me and try to do the whole pumpkin at once. Work to cover one area at a time and then leave it alone and let the glue dry. Otherwise, you will just make a MESS! Trust me… I know!

Once your pumpkin is completely covered, go back and fill in any areas you think need more coverage.

Lastly, take a piece of thin twine and use it to cover the stem.

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Perfectly adorable!

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What a cute little ‘moss’kin!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what other neat pumpkin idea I’ve managed to dream up!

Til then….

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I’m linking up to party down at these great sites!

Between Naps on the Porch (Metamorphosis Mondays)
Boogieboard Cottage (Masterpiece Mondays)
I Should Be Mopping the Floor (Inspiration Mondays)
The Dedicated House (Make It Pretty Monday)
A Stroll Thru Life (Inspire Me Tuesday)
The Dedicated House (Before and After Wednesdays)
Savvy Southern Style (Wow Us Wednesdays)
Stone Gable (The Scoop)

 

 

 

 

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Hey guys! Well, it’s certainly that time of year again… a crisp nip in the air, the smell of burning leaves, pumpkin on everyone’s brain… it’s FALL, y’all! This is absolutely my most favorite season- even more so now that I live in beautiful Missouri and don’t have a summer that stretches into December (thank […]