Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pumpkin Guest Post and Tutorial

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Hi there everybody! My name is Alisa from The Sweet Life. I really appreciate Tasha's invitation to share a fun fall craft with you today. Thanks Tasha!

I am married to an amazing man who also happens to be my best friend. I am also the mom to three great kids who keep me very busy. I love to cook, sew and craft in my spare time, but it doesn't happen nearly enough. That's why I like quick and easy crafts like this one.

I first made these pumpkins years ago when I was in charge of crafts for our MOPS group at church. They were so popular, we did them more than once. There are several variations of these floating around, but I thought I would share what I have found to work the best.

This is what you will need for each pumpkin:
1 roll of toilet paper
1 fat quarter of fabric {approx 22"x18"}
1 sheet of newspaper or tissue paper
1 stick about 4-5" long
1 12" piece of ribbon

Find a hard surface to work on. Lay out your fabric, wrong side up and then lay your sheet of paper on top of that. Place your tp roll in the middle. 

Next you will use the palm of your hand and push straight down to squish your tp roll. {This way it won't look like a roll of tp you wrapped in fabric when your done.}IMG_8117
Grab the corners of the paper and bring them to the middle and tuck into the center of the tp roll. Make sure to tuck the shorter sides in under the longer corners so it is all secure, but please don't worry about it being perfect.


Next you will do the same thing with the fabric. Bring the shorter sides up first and work them into the middle and then bring up the corners to tuck in, gathering all the way around so that all ends get tucked in. It won't be perfect, but that is ok. Each one will look different in shape and fluff.

See? not so perfect, but pretty cute.

Last thing is to shove your stick right down in the middle and tie a bow around it. The stick should fit pretty snuggly, but you can hot glue it if you want. I'm too lazy to heat up my glue gun if it isn't absolutely necessary so mine is not glued. {Plus, if I glue it then I can't unwrap it and use that roll of tp in an can never be too prepared}

These are super inexpensive so you can make lots and use them all over the house. One of my favorite ways to display them is to line them up the edge of my stairs on every other step. It won't even matter when your kids knock them over because they can't really be broken.  I don't know about you, but that's important around my house.

I hope you have fun making your own cute little pumpkins! Stop by
The Sweet Life to say hi and check out my other tutorials if you have a chance. I love making new blog friends!

Thank you Alisa for this great post and for being willing to share this tutorial with all of us.  I am excited to make some of these pumpkins.  They are so darling.  I hope you will all go check out Alisa's beautiful Blog, The Sweet Life


Marlene said...

These are ADORABLE. And so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Jaime said...

Wow!! I could do that!!!

Keriann said...

Oh my gosh that is super cute, super fun and SUPER EASY!!! I'm totally making those today! (or maybe tomorrow!)

Denise said...

and who said t.p. couldn't be cute!

Letti said...

Adorable! Chloe made these last year in school. I can picture them all lined up on the back of your toilet.

Shan said...

ooh, I'm making those!! They are super cute, and I have all the material - a plus!! Thanks!

Chez Zizi said...

OMG I totally love this. I can do this with my class as well. I am totally doing this. Thanks.

Bonnie said...

This is a fabulous idea! I have really wanted to do pumpkin decorations that weren't going to rot and start smelling bad. This is perfect! Thanks.

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