October 19th, 2011
Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere…
I think I have a little pumpkin problem. I seem to be collecting them this year. Maybe it has something to do with hearing Ella call them “boppity boos” (ala Cinderella).
Anyway, this garland idea came to me in the shower the other morning (where the best ideas are realized) and I couldn’t wait to get started. It came together super fast and was so easy to do! You can make your own garland in the time it takes to sit back with a cup of cider and watch a favorite Fall movie (or you could break out the Christmas flicks, because it’s definitely not to early for that anymore)…
You will need:
yarn in Fall colors (for pumpkins and stems)
twine or more yarn to string your pumpkins on
Step 1: Wrap yarn around your fingers (just as you would begin if making a pom pom).
The more fingers you wrap your yarn around/the more times you wrap your yarn around your fingers, the bigger your yarn ball will be.
(I wrapped mine about 60 times for each ball.)
Step 2: Cut about a foot length of yarn for your stem.
Step 3: Slide the yarn off your fingers and center on top of your stem yarn.
Step 4: Tie a knot in the center of the ball.
To get a tighter hold, I pull the yarn ends to the other side and tie a knot in the center on the back too. Then double knot to secure.
Step 5: Twist and knot to keep yarn strands together.
Step 6: Tuck in the messy pieces. Any loops that stick out too far can be pushed inside the ball and hidden.
Step 7: Shape your pumpkin!
Pinch and fluff the yarn ball to make it look like a round little pumpkin.
Step 8: Make a bunch!
Step 9: Tie your pumpkins to your twine.
I twisted the stems again before tying onto the twine.
Step 10: Hang and enjoy.
Make a few to layer above and below each other. String across a bookcase or shelf, or pin it to a wall. Hang it from the eves of your house, string it on the front porch…
Happy Autumn to you & yours!
P.S. – This was my first tutorial ever! How did I do? Too many photos? I honestly had so much fun photographing each step, I can’t wait for another DIY idea to hit!