Once again a spooky time of year has come around: Halloween! As usual, everyone is as busy as ever putting up their most deliciously carved pumpkins, wart-covered witches, and slinky black cats. Without them, it’s never truly Halloween.
Of course, one of the problems dealing with Halloween is just how to make your decorations unique with a little bit of your own flair tied into it. Why not start with the iconic symbol of Halloween: pumpkins?
I’ve got an easy craft project (although a little bit time consuming and messy) to give you the opportunity to add a unique style to your pumpkin decorating this year. This time, try to make my Spin-Me-A-Yarn Pumpkin in five simple steps.
Here is what you need:
1 Styrofoam craft ball (preferably 2 inches in diameter, but the size is your choice)
orange yarn (enough to cover the size ball you chose)
1 brown pipe-cleaner
2 green pipe-cleaners
1 sheet of black felt
1 bottle of white Elmer’s glue
Cover the surface you will be working on with newspaper.
Next, unwind about half of the orange yarn and lay out untangled. Carefully, cover about 1/4 of the craft ball with glue. Then, start to place the yarn in place and begin to work your way around the pumpkin. Continue in sections, winding your way around the ball until the ball is completely covered with yarn. Make sure to smooth out the yarn as you go and press down long and hard enough to make sure it stays in place. Carefully wipe away any excess glue.
Using the black felt, cut out a nose, mouth, and a pair of eyes. Glue them in place on your pumpkin, giving it the desired face you wish to give it.
Using the green pipe cleaners, curl them into “trailing” vines for your pumpkin. You can attach them to the top of the pumpkin in either of two ways: poking each of their ends into the ball or gluing them in place. Use which ever method will be easier for you.
To make the pumpkin balance, you will need to use the brown pipe-cleaner. Carefully use the pipe-cleaner and make a simple ring. Carefully put glue along the top of the ring and set the bottom of the pumpkin down onto it. Hold in place for about fifteen to thirty seconds, making sure the pumpkin stays upright.
Now, you have a unique pumpkin to use for decoration. This is a great project to try with your children. Of course, you can always change up the colors or even give the pumpkin a crazy face to make it even more unique than it already is!
Source: personal experience